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The service from Venquis has always been of a very high level with all vacancies filled within 4 weeks which is an impressive achievement within the London Insurance Market. In 2013 we entered a Managed Agency relationship with Venquis, giving Venquis exclusive access to Business Change vacancies reducing our overall costs of recruitment and further leveraging the great service that Venquis provide.
Venquis are a proactive recruitment company who have worked hard to become a preferred supplier. They attract quality professionals in both the contract and permanent positions and understand their chosen business areas well. Most important to me is their communication approach, which is open, available but never overbearing. They are also trustworthy and recognise the value of long-term relationships.
ATOS has been recruiting Technology & Business Change candidates from Venquis for many years and the service has always been of a very high level. Venquis has introduced us to some exceptional people. As a further indication of my overall satisfaction with Venquis I have recommended Venquis to various personal contacts who have always been delighted with their tailored approach and results.
Accurately predicting the future is an important skill nowadays. It’s an art that is much more common than you think. As Peter Drucker said “the best way to predict the future is to create it”. So how do you do that? Companies which are leading the way might be lucky or they have a process for imagining the future or even building the future their way. Some have set up centres of excellence for global trend analysis like Sheryl Connelly, futurologist at Ford Motors. Others have leaders such as Elon Musk on the payroll. And then there are the rest….. Future gazing might already be on the CEO’s job spec but not very near the top. The drumbeat of change has undoubtedly risen a notch and there’s no time to head in the wrong direction. We’re being forced to plan into the unknown. The more we can know the better. In walks the futurologist. They don’t tend to come from a particular academic background. One I interviewed had a doctorate, another had worked in a market stall. What they do have in common is an experience in identifying consumer trends, developing consumer insights, developing and utilizing scenario planning in product development and strategic planning, anticipating shifts in consumer values, attitudes and behaviours. Will you be prepared to listen, be disrupted and step up the change? You’re not hiring a fall guy. Unwelcome feedback and new ideas can cause confrontation and defensiveness. You and your organisation will have to adjust but no one predicts that the future will be easy. Would you like some more insights? Get in touch with Barnaby Parker, Executive Chairman at Venquis.
In the UK we have the “Government automation taskforce” lead by Ian Dalton to ensure that central government is fully prepared and best able to take advantage of opportunities to deliver better, more efficient services using automation technologies. Companies which are the quickest to automate (successfully) reap many rewards – enhanced customer experiences, lower costs, less errors, better employee allocation to name a few. The CAO brings these benefits. The role is to deliver efficiencies at scale across the organisation. This might involve swapping humans doing repetitive processes for robotics and AI in warehouses, call centres, doctors’ surgeries, banks etc as part of a business’ digital transformation strategy. There are sensitive issues to be negotiated across the enterprise requiring a hybrid of skills and experience. Not least is the relationship with the Board, the CTO and the Chief Digital Officer. Some organisations have chosen to engage with external consultants to bring in expertise and avoid the politics. They may also be avoiding real engagement and results. Wherever the role sits these are forward thinking leaders who understand automated tools, hardware and software. Above all they bring a strategic view and create roadmaps for organisations, optimising workflows, orchestrating automation with the right technology. Successful ongoing automation is a game changer. If you'd like to discuss this with Barnaby Parker, Executive Chairman at Venquis, please reach out.
This week is Mental Health Awareness week and this year’s theme is kindness. In the cut and thrust of working life, kindness can sometimes be overlooked or confused with weakness but an overwhelming upside that has emerged from the Corona virus pandemic is the growing awareness of the power of kindness. Kindness is underpinning positive news stories, holding communities together and driving people to do amazing things. Kindness is also fundamental to our mental and physical wellbeing. It stimulates the production of serotonin, which calms us and increases happiness, as well as producing oxytocin which is important for the reduction of blood pressure. An exercise that I do with my kids at the end of the day (at least whenever I remember) is to think of one kind thing they’ve done for another person and one kind thing someone’s done for them. It’s amazing how such a simple exercise can boost how you feel about yourself and it’s a good one to do, even if you’re alone, as a quick pick me up at the end of a challenging day. So, with the benefits established, how do you keep showing kindness at work especially when we are all working remotely? Saying ‘thank you’ Never underestimate the power of a thank you. Remember to let people know when they have done a good job as it will make them feel appreciated and boost their confidence. Particularly important now that we’re working remotely as people might not always think their efforts are noticed. Supporting Find ways to help your colleagues. It might be offering to help someone struggling with a deadline or simply taking the time to listen to someone’s worries over a (cyber) cup of coffee. As we’ve moved into a new reality, I’ve been impressed at the different ways we’ve found of supporting each other at Venquis from virtual coffee catch ups, virtual company runs to virtual quizzes and even a virtual talent show. All important means of checking in with each other and keeping the bonds in place. Letting others lead Don’t shoulder everything yourself. This can breed frustration and isn’t always best for the team around you. Take a step back and allow your colleagues to feel valued, step up and grow in confidence. They’ll appreciate it and you’ll grow stronger as a team. Why does it matter? Studies have shown that kindness in the workplace helps reduce staff absence and increases job satisfaction and productivity. So benefits all round, which surely makes it worth pausing and wondering what you could do that will make a difference for someone you work with today. To borrow from R.J. Palacio’s fantastic book Wonder: “Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed”. It costs nothing, but it might just make all the difference to someone who is having a tough day.
Stress doesn’t go away during Lockdown. In fact, one of the unseen consequences to the current situation and the impending economic gloom means that nowadays stress frequently starts at home! Ask yourself how many of these traits you can recognise in a remote colleague: depression, anxiety, anger, irritability, or restlessness. Let’s not dwell on the dark place these can lead to. Or it might be you who is feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, or unfocused. Perhaps you have trouble sleeping or are sleeping too much? Your thoughts are racing, or you have a constant worry? Problems with your memory or concentration? You start making bad decisions…. Recognising stress quickly matters, in yourself and others. I urge you to stop and listen, listen properly, give yourself and others time. Pause. How can you reduce your stress or even better avoid it completely? My first tip is to treat it as you would any other task (like a spring clean) and allocate yourself time and tools. Here are a few of my favourite stressbusters: 1) Avoid caffeine, alcohol, drugs, opiates, sleeping pills - and social media. Perhaps don’t totally hibernate but everyone has something that makes them cranky. 2) Talk to someone and talk to them properly. Perhaps ask them in advance for 45 minutes of their time for a proper chat. And listen back. 3) Do physical exercise, gardening (window boxes or even “guerrilla gardening” count!). My favourite online workout is at www.BeFearsome.com because it’s a community of people who exercise and chat together. 4) Get fresh air! Even if you can’t go out, let the air in and sleep well (a proper sleep cures many ills). You don’t need me to tell you about turning off screens etc. 5) Try relaxation techniques – meditate, use an app like Headspace or just stop doing things for a moment to focus on nothing but the here and now – you’ll feel better for it. 6) Keep a diary. Write it all down and then reprioritise. A common lesson from Lockdown is the realisation that so much we used to do is actually pointless. 7) Take control wherever possible. Focus on the problem, share it. Manage your time and learn to say “no” (trickier with the profusion of online calls we now experience!) 8) Rest if you are ill, ideally have someone look after you! At the very least let someone know that you are unwell and ask them to check up on you. 9) Above all remember that stress can be just another interruption. Treat it with respect and it may just go away quietly.