Hala, a franchise that operates 74 Domino’s pizza stores nationwide and employs over 2,000 UK staff, has partnered with Perkbox, Europe’s fastest growing ‘employee experience’ platform, to provide holistic wellbeing tools, perks and benefits.

As part of its continuing commitment to enhance the company’s work culture and support employees, particularly during the challenges imposed by COVID-19, Hala employees will now have access to an integrated suite of tools and resources to manage emotional/mental, social, physical and financial wellbeing.

Alongside shopping discounts with major retailers and brands like Apple and Tesco, employees will have access to free online exercise classes, movies via Rakuten TV and a free coffee every month. Staff can easily manage their account using Perkbox’s online platform and smartphone app.

As well as Perkbox, Hala already run a number of initiatives and benefits for its staff, including long term service recognition awards, local competitions and charitable engagements with a variety of prizes and team social events. Every year, Hala also hosts a black tie awards event in order to recognise excellence within the Hala family. This includes hotel accommodation, entertainment, dinner, drinks and games.

Other staff engagement activities include the Fastest Pizza Maker Competition, where competitors from across the franchise can put their pizza-making skills to the test. Last year, 178 competitors from across the country took part in six months’ worth of heats where the winners were awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas. The initiative was launched to ensure that Domino’s Team Members feel an important part of the larger brand, whilst also engaging the skills for the job and fostering connections with other Team Members from across its estate.

Gemma Lane, HR Coordinator, Hala Group, commented: “It’s important to show our appreciation for the hard work that our staff put in throughout the year, especially through the COVID lockdown where our stores have remained open to serve our local communities. We want to continue rewarding the incredible work of our team and this has been particularly important during this difficult period. We feel it’s important that our staff feel valued for the effort that they put into providing a great service and hot, fresh pizzas to our customers. We like to encourage a supportive and friendly culture within our stores and hope that by rewarding staff, they will maintain a positive attitude at work and continue providing an outstanding service. With Domino’s being a global brand, a level of professionalism is important but we still want our employees to enjoy coming to work and being a part of the Hala family. We are an organisation run by its people, for its people. At its heart, Hala has always been a family business, and will culturally remain so in the future. We have seen staff grow from in-store team members to Regional Operations Directors and are lucky enough to have whole families who are part of our team.”