Ink's journey in recent years has been marked by substantial growth, reflecting our dedication to continuous improvement and innovation. As we navigate through an ever-evolving landscape, we remain focused on embracing new challenges and fostering a workplace that values diversity and forward-thinking.
As we embrace these exciting changes, we had the opportunity to speak with Judith Whittaker, our Chief People Officer. Judith's insights are pivotal in understanding how Ink maintains its edge as a leader in fostering a progressive workplace.
'Our employees are genuinely engaged and passionate about our mission.'
What recent industry trends should be integrated into companies' HR strategies?
Judith: I recently attended the UNLEASH World Conference, an event that united HR leaders to exchange insights on the future of work, HR, and technology. One of the key highlights was the emphasis on the need for a well-defined business strategy and its alignment with HR goals. Integrating AI into our practices was another trend underscored by industry pioneers. Particularly enlightening were the discussions around a people-centred approach, focusing on aspects like employee retention and the underlying factors that contribute to it.
How can these insights align with Ink's corporate culture and values?
Judith: Employee engagement is vital, especially as we are a distributed workforce across 18 countries. Our primary measure of engagement is high retention, indicating that employees are satisfied. However, it's important to understand what keeps them with us. Our employees are genuinely engaged and passionate about our mission. We need to ensure they are fully aware of our business objectives.
What shared values resonate with the people at Ink?
Judith: Ink has a familial atmosphere cultivated by our co-founders Shawn and Janet Richards. The company's flat structure and open-door policy are highly appreciated. Our employees value collaboration and are inspired by our CEO’s enthusiasm for innovation. Janet’s supportive approach and the opportunities for professional growth are also key aspects of our culture.
'The ability to work with diverse cultures offers invaluable experiences and insights.'
How can Ink's culture attract new talent?
Judith: Our global presence, innovative products, and collaborative environment are major attractions. The ability to work with diverse cultures offers invaluable experiences and insights. Showcasing our products, which impact millions, is also important. For instance, our software developers take pride in knowing their work contributes significantly to our end products.
What are your thoughts on keeping medium-sized businesses like Ink competitive?
Judith: Staying current and continuously improving efficiency is crucial. Trends like remote and hybrid work models present both opportunities and challenges, particularly in terms of global communication and cultural differences. Our strategy in HR is to remain agile and adaptable to these dynamics.
How would you describe Ink's culture?
Judith: Ink's culture is defined by diversity, collaboration, openness, and a friendly atmosphere. Being people-centric and innovation-driven are not just our values but the essence of our commitment to excellence.
Ink's culture, marked by diversity, collaboration, and a commitment to innovation, is integral to our appeal and success. We're dedicated to sharing our passion and pushing boundaries, constantly seeking growth and development.
If you're inspired to be a part of our story, explore our career opportunities or send us your CV.