Firstly, congratulations, you’ve made it through another week of unchartered territory.
As outlined in last week’s message, we’ve been sent 4000 masks from our parent company FESCO in China. Many thanks to Zuni Gonzalez for organising the distribution to our team members that need them. As for the rest of the masks, we have some positive news to share with you all soon – rest assured they will get to the people who really need them!
As you’re aware, we’re trusting our employees to be agile in essence as we focus on remote working and distributed teams for the foreseeable future.
As the spread of COVID-19 forces many businesses – including ours – to uproot their strategies and their people, many have been looking for some form of playbook on how to navigate a way through. Although there is much we can’t predict – or control – in these uncertain times, one thing we can continue to deliver on is our hunger for hiring and delivering HR and business solutions. Our good friend Dennis Belogorsky of LinkedIn made a great point earlier in the week: “With so many people today hungry for guidance and leadership from industry leaders, now is the perfect time to elevate your organization above business as usual, and double down on your expertise, thought leadership, and mission.”
Remember, hiring is happening. These may be uncertain times, however the recruitment industry is showing itself to be as resilient as ever. Tough times tend to show which businesses can move with the times… and which companies fall behind.
Above all, recruitment is a people business and at the heart of every interview and placement is a human, and now is the time to share your own humanity with your customers and employees alike.
Recruiters, communication is key. Ensure you stay connected at all times with regular calls and catch-ups with your Team Leader. Also, if you don’t have a designated office at home then make sure it ‘feels’ like work during your core hours. Oh, and don’t forget to get that daily dose of exercise – even if it’s just taking the dog for a quick walk around the block! Or, if you like a challenge, you could take a leaf out of 44-year-old Pan Shanca from Hangzhou, China’s book – he recently ran 66 kilometers in 6 hours and 41 minutes…. in his living room!
Also, although we can’t partake in the B2BRun Zagreb in person – and bring the trophy home again! – we can in spirit, from the comfort of our homes! The organizers of the event have set up a fun initiative, which we have shared on our social media. Until then, if you’re feeling daring this weekend, more details here.
Because of the unique nature of COVID-19, no-one is immune, so candidates and clients understand what you are going through. Therefore, it’s essential you remain positive, keeping candidates and clients communicating even if they can’t start their new role yet.
Share the positive, productive advice we’re promoting on LinkedIn about our services and – more importantly – the people who make our company what it is! Now is the time more than ever for human beings to help one another and share their success stories.
Life and business are changing for us all, and we’ll continue to share the resources that we feel are most useful to you and your candidates on a daily basis.
Finally, again, we would like to say a big thank you to all our staff; to all our employees who are tirelessly doing their best in difficult circumstances. We are proud of our team – from our Recruiters, to HR and BS to IT and Marketing, plus all the external employees who continue to be on site, keeping us connected during these challenging times.
Also, not all superheroes wear capes, but all superheroes deserve a standing ovation. Here’s to all the doctors, nurses and carers, not just in our heartland of Germany, Spain, UK, Romania, Croatia and Poland but throughout the world, dedicating their time and energy to save lives. Thank you.
Stay safe, stay connected and keep washing your hands!
Rachael, Michel and Team MG.