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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.
Who would’ve thought that by 2020 we are forced into a situation to turn our work and life completely remote? Companies like Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Hitachi, Apple, Amazon and many more have rolled out mandatory work-from-home policies due to the spread of Covid-19. We can safely assume for the next coming weeks the shift from the normal office to the “home office” will become the new norm for many of us. What does this actually mean? Whilst technology is at the forefront of many of our jobs, schools and other businesses, it can still mean that many are working from home for the first time. At Venquis we’d already created an anytime, anywhere platform for our employees as we expanded across Europe and beyond. So the transition for us has not been technologically challenging, more emotionally challenging. Keep reading and we will share some ways we’ve tackled this... At Venquis we like to crank up the communication Coronavirus or not, the key to working from home is clear communication with your leaders, and team, and a clear set of expectations nailed down. Most people spend their days in close proximity to their boss, meaning communication is easy and effortless. But that’s all out the window with remote work, and continuous communication is even more necessary during those times. Tools such as Skype for business, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and WhatsApp are a few of the channels we use to optimise efficient communication with our employees. This type of communication is extended beyond our internal parameters for digital interviews, digital client meetings and phone calls which have now turned into Facetime and Skype catch-ups with clients and candidates across Europe. For each of our teams the day still starts with an 8am scrum, the only difference is it’s digitally. We still do yoga every Tuesday lunchtime as that’s moved online, and last Friday we had a company-wide sales meeting and ended with a quiz – there were over 60 people online from across our European offices. ‘Treat it like a real job’ Treating it like a real job is when you get up, as usual, eat your breakfast (or don’t), get dressed and get to work. Do not lounge around in your sweats or pyjamas – it makes it less productive and harder to focus. At Venquis, we have a ‘fit for work’ program that encourages an active lifestyle, so we are posting photos of our daily exercise as an encouragement to one another, whether it’s a walk or cycle, doing yoga from your living rooms, or doing an online workout video. The runners amongst us are all on Strava and there are prizes for the most improved, and fastest, 5k run. Basically, we aim to make working from home just as important and as productive as the office. This also serves as an important signal to those who live with you that you are in fact “at work”. With a dedicated workspace where you can concentrate, it becomes easier to unlock the benefits of remote work. In a survey of 7,000 workers last year by FlexJobs, 65% said they’re more productive working from home, citing benefits like fewer interruptions from colleagues, minimal office politics and reduced stress from commuting. Honesty in difficult situations keeps the spirits up We would also like to be honest and mention the challenges that come with working from home, because despite all these tools, the enforced and abrupt transition from an office to a home environment, could leave a few of us struggling to get accustomed to the change. “The coronavirus is pushing everyone into this kind of extreme working from home,” says Nicholas Bloom, a professor of economics at Stanford University in California who’s given TED Talks about remote work. Nicholas touches on the fact that there are two types of working from home, 1. short-term/occasional work from home or 2. permanent or full-time work from home. These two scenarios can be compared to as “kind of like comparing light exercise to marathon training,” he says. How do we tackle this sort of issue? Well, being realistic about the situation is a start. However, the most important one that we at Venquis hold on to strongly, is positivity, encouraging messages and inspirational stories about the candidates and clients we work with. We’re in constant contact with people looking for a new contract or permanent role, providing advice around their career, the new remote ways of hiring and the market. And we’re inspired by positive stories from businesses which are taking advantage of the market by hiring highly-skilled, immediately available people. That keeps the momentum going for the team and the communication at a high level. We also suggest teams try to sustain a sense of normalcy, and what better way to do that than with virtual pizza parties or remote happy hour where people dial in through Skype? Manage expectations and remembering to be more accepting One of our Team Leaders shared her story of how she had to adjust and accept working from home. She shares a flat with a few friends and each of them have a way of working. At our office, Kristy is used to a busy office with lots of noise from different phone calls and even music in the background. She realised that she had to work with a brand-new team and set and adapt to new ways of working from scratch. It is safe to say that many of us will experience this whether it’s with roommates or your kids or your partner and the approach is to manage the expectations in the house and adjust, adapt and accept. Please do get in touch if you need any help or advice, as we are here to support you in any way we can.
How one company introduced AI to insurance – Artificial Labs It all started when a Business Analyst was put forward for a role at Novae, an insurance underwriting company operated through Lloyd’s of London. But with no current positions at the time, her impressive skill set in the insurance industry had Novae recommend her to one of its partners, Artificial Labs instead. Little did they know, this had just helped spark another opportunity. Dipika Carter was hired as Artificial Labs first Business Analyst, and within a few months was promoted to Head of Operations. This set the path for Artificial Labs to develop smart solutions for the next generation of insurance customers through innovation in machine learning and AI. Dipika and her team are at the forefront of tech innovation, and building a digital toolkit for the future of insurance. The individuals hired have helped increase their revenue, reduced their costs and made them more time-efficient. Changed reimagined “Artificial Labs have worked with Venquis for 5 years and they have been instrumental in our success. The introductions made have been exceptional and furthermore they have supported us in areas far beyond their remit including client introductions, employer branding and leadership development.” – David King, Founder, Artificial Labs. For almost a decade, Venquis has partnered with companies such as Artificial Labs to execute their strategy. Technology is reshaping businesses as we speak and we can offer you the convenience, advice and skillset to implement the change you have imagined. The difference between those who change the world and those who don’t is that those who do, believe that they can. Start here, start now.
At Venquis we have always put purpose at the heart of everything we do. Since our founding, we have recognised that how we behave as a business transformation specialist has a part to play in how transformational that change can be for the environment and communities that we and our clients operate in. The creation of our values and making sure they were embedded in everything we did from day one both internally and externally was an important part of this, and we have always made sure that those values have remained at the heart of anything we do. Of course, our approach has evolved over the years and as we grew, we realised that there were a number of different initiatives underway in the business which all had a common purpose; to make us better in some way – whether it was how we engaged with clients, or introducing a flexible working policy or ensuring that our technology was cutting edge. By pulling these all together our stewardship programme was born. The programme very simply covers five core areas: governance (processes and regulation), workplace (employee engagement), clients (the service we offer and how we offer it), community (how we engage with the community we work within) and environment (our impact and how we mitigate it) and the programme remains underpinned by our values. Having these distinct areas makes sure that no part of the business is overlooked or falls behind. What has it done for us? By pulling together these areas under the umbrella of stewardship, it has provided us with a structured framework to develop against. Internally the launch of the programme has allowed for more cohesive conversations within the company around certain topics, helping people understand how these projects fit against the bigger picture. The creation of the programme has also allowed us the opportunity to examine how we approach everything we do. The upshot has been, better processes and a more disciplined approach on reviewing procedures and the like, as well as moving us forwards on initiatives that benefit our staff and the communities around as alike. Externally it provides a great opportunity to strengthen our rapport with clients. As the global spotlight increasingly highlights issues that fall within the stewardship remit such as equal pay, global warming, and equality, there are many challenges that all companies are facing whatever the industry. This provides a chance for knowledge sharing and genuine partnerships being forged through expertise. It’s opened up new conversations with clients and has given us opportunities to learn from their initiatives too. Faster, Better, Smarter In everything we do and our stewardship programme has become a key ingredient in helping us to do that. We are still on a journey and the programme will keep on evolving. It can of course be challenging at times but it’s without a doubt been rewarding too and a worthwhile experience that we would recommend to any company thinking of taking the plunge.
Placing a higher value on authenticity will help increase the positive outcome of a project. At Vq, we help you to improve productivity and ensure the successful implementation of your projects. Authenticity by its very definition is not something that you can fake. It combines genuineness and originality and the result is the growth of trust and credibility between parties. At Venquis, we believe in creating authentic relationships with our clients and candidates. From experience, we know that this leads to more long-lasting partnerships and better results all round. For us, our authenticity is sparked by a genuine interest in what another person, project, or company is doing and by making sure that we keep our values (to be distinctive, team-spirited, ambitious and reassuring) at the heart of everything we do. That’s a pretty good starting point for ensuring we place the right people into the right projects, gearing everyone up for success from the outset. For clients, that means that we’ll take the time to properly understand where your challenges are. We won’t just hear what you have to say, we’ll actively listen. As a result, we often come up with innovative solutions that clients haven’t even considered. Our agile way of thinking allows us to be flexible, regardless of location, scale or complexity, and to deliver change projects successfully across Europe. Our candidates are just as important to us. No matter where you’re based, we’ll take the time to get to know you and understand what’s important to you; whether that’s the culture of your future employer, the opportunity for flexible working or quite simply making the numbers work for you. We’ll take the time to search out the right roles and when it comes to interviewing, we’ll make sure you have all the information you need to perform at the top of your game. In short, we’ve got your back. Our stewardship encapsulates this authenticity. It captures our passion for what we do, and it means that we put purpose before profit. We mean what we say when we talk about being a force for good. The result? A team that is driven to put our clients’ and candidates’ needs first, ensuring the best possible solutions for you.