Prison guards form dance troupe to attract staff

Something for the weekend…


Attracting and retaining talent is one of the many strategic business aims behind offering employees a benefits package.

But perhaps employers only have to form a dance troupe to achieve this goal.

One firm in Japan has done just that, with five female prison officers going above and beyond the call of duty to form the group in an effort to shake off the image associated with their chosen profession.

The group named M-girls, which is part of the Mine Rehabilitation Program Center in Yamaguchi Prefecture, don colourful outfits on stage and have been a hit both in and outside the prison since the programme was launched last year.

It is part of the organisation’s plan to attract more female recruits to offset turnover at the penal institution.

The government also wants to recruit 200 female prison guards to the workforce over the next three years.

Other employers might consider it a good decision to put something like this in place, as the dance regime will also do wonders for the health and wellbeing of employees.

But what if another troupe is formed? Perhaps the organisation could introduce a reward and recognition scheme to boost engagement in the workplace and competition between the rival pair.