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Summing up Spotlight Week

It goes without saying that we have all had to change our ways of working this year. As we bring the Commerce and Industry and Not for Profit Spotlight Week to a close, I thought it would only be right to reflect on some of the thoughts covered.  Robyn Wells kicked off the start of Spotlight Week with an article outlining how she can help. She touches on what I think is a really important piece around networking and connections. Thomas Godden reminded us of the importance of self-care. I am always reminded of the flight safety instructions, “put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others”.

This made me ask the question about how Oakleaf, and other organisations are using this time to collaborate to ensure success. Alice Hamp and Emily Smoothy shared a piece on how the media industry are rallying to overcome current challenges, and I asked clients focused on fundraising to share their successes. Brittany Newell and Nina Berezowski talked through how performance management has taken a more holistic approach.

There were also some useful hints and tips around the recruitment process that the team have published. Rebecca Fairhead talks with Chris Hulbert . They discussed how to overcome the overwhelming competition, particularly in the Retail and Hospitality industry, to make sure that your CV stands outEmily Smoothy talked with Henal Hann on how to prepare for an virtual interview reminding us that both parties are in the same boat meaning ‘Humour and personal touches can go a long way’. Lise Helene Flornes shared her experience with Kevin Barry Dawkins on being onboarded remotely with headphones and a comfy chair being on her top tips! As always it was fantastic to be able to celebrate with some of our candidates who have been successful in starting new roles with the Not for Profit sectors.

On the subject on collaboration we also had some updates from our specialist teams. Ross Bennett talked about the impact on Payroll teams with extended furlough, and the belief that there is a ‘magic button to do everything’! Whilst in our Reward Team Lauren Jones Barrett gave an overview of what she is hearing from the TMT markets with the key outcomes of furlough and pay freezes.

In conclusion I think that we all deserve a big well done for being so resilient and adaptable. It seems that the last 6 months have allowed people to reflect on how to get the best out of themselves, their team and long-term careers. There have been some fabulous wins that should be celebrated as well as learns that we need to take on board.

Do not hesitate to get in contact if we are able to support in any way….as per Robyn’s words we are keen to help.

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