7 Key Benefits of using Temporary Workers

What are the Key Benefits of using Temporary Workers to meet the challenges of the new normal?

As businesses begin to push forward into the new normal, flexible resourcing and ensuring your team are optimised to quickly respond to new challenges is key.  Using temporary workers can help meet many of these challenges.  Here are seven key benefits of using temporary workers which can immediately give your business a boost.

 

  1. Scale up your workforce quickly

    Using temporary workers is a fast and efficient way of scaling up your workforce at short notice.  Rapid growth can be extremely exciting, but you need the right people with the right skills to ensure success.  When a company needs to expand quickly in response to change in demand, temporary workers can help to add the capacity and skills necessary to scale quickly.

  2. Fast-track hiring

    Recruitment agencies keep pools of pre-assessed workers with verified skills who want to temp.  We personally interview every candidate, face-to-face or online, to understand their experience, skill set and aspirations.  This means you will only see temporary workers who meet your specified selection criteria and who we believe will gel with your existing team and ethos.

  3. Quickly reduce stress and pressure

    Increased workload can hamper productivity within your existing team. Temporary workers can help reduce strain, ensuring you can adjust with your existing trained and experienced staff and maintain maximum productivity.

  4. Increase adaptability and responsiveness

    Flexibility is key to rising to the new challenges in this climate.  Temps are adaptable and can switch roles with ease according to your business needs.  Temps are focused on opportunities, often more confident to navigate change and learn new skills.

  5. Try before you buy

    Using temporary members of staff is a bit like a working interview, you can see their skills and experience in action, see the impact they make on the business and decide if you need them as a permanent member of the team – with no risk!

  6. Bring in fresh skills to respond to new challenges

    Temporary staff bring new, valuable skills, new perspectives to existing processes and ideas from different companies and experiences.  Breathe some fresh air into your business with a different kind of employee, embrace the new ideas they carry with them and enthuse your team. You may well find your next team member or future leader!

  7. Control your costs

    Temporary workers allow you to add staff without increasing your permanent headcount and costs.  You can hire multiple temps to cover spikes in demand, with no long-term commitment should demand or workload decrease.  Temp staff are provided at an hourly rate which includes pay, National Insurance, holiday and pension so there are no hidden costs.

Experts in Temporary Recruitment

From urgent cover to planned project work, Octopus Personnel are a great choice for reliable, skilled, flexible workers.  We have a pre-screened workforce ready to cover your staffing needs and the dedicated back office staff to manage all aspects of administration and payroll with efficiency, allowing you to focus on driving your business forward.  We are committed to building a valued and diverse temporary workforce, enabling us to find the best candidates for you.

 

How can Octopus Personnel help?

At Octopus Personnel, we are here to help and support you.  From helping you explore the key benefits of using temporary workers for your business to finding the right temporary staff, to fully briefing them on health & safety and procedures for your company, to ensuring you remain compliant with all legislation, even as it evolves, we are here at the end of the phone to help you utilise flexible resourcing and maintain your key services.

Whatever challenges you are facing, whether you need temporary staff, advice, or simply a chat, Octopus Personnel are here to support you.  Call us on 01747 825568 or visit the website to request a call back.

Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our temporary and industrial recruitment – think warehousing, production, construction and technical type jobs.

I really enjoy meeting our job hunters and helping them to find work. It’s been lovely to talk to local people and find out what matters to them.

Get to know us – Bronya

Want to get to know us a little better? Well now you can!

 

At Octopus Personnel we think of ourselves as being in the people business and we love to really get to know our job hunters and clients so we can do our best to help. It seems only fair that you can get to know us as well!

I asked our team at Octopus Personnel some questions to find out a little more about them.

This time it’s Bronya’s turn! Bronya is our Office Guru and adopted office baker!

  1. Best part of your job?

    Getting to talk to such an interesting variety of people.

  2. Starter, main or pudding?

    Starter…..or both if I’m particularly peckish!

  3. If your pet could talk to you, what do you think they would say?

    Stop trying to pick me up for cuddles!

  4. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

    To have magical powers to grant wishes! Without living in a lamp of course!

  5. Coffee or tea?

    Coffee – a flat white is my go to.

  6. Houw would you describe your job to a 4-year old?

    I chat to people on the phone all day and get to plan people’s days for them.

  7. Name something you’d love to learn?

    I’d love to be fluent in another language and be an amazing pastry maker. So French would probably come in handy for all the yummy French patisserie!

  8. Do you have any secret talents?

    I’m quite double jointed!

  9. What do you love most about Octopus?

    The team are just so lovely to work with.

  10. Finish this sentence: “It’s never too late to…”

    Have a cheeseboard!!!

 

Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.

Get to know us – Katherine

Want to get to know us a little better? Well now you can!

 

At Octopus Personnel we think of ourselves as being in the people business and we love to really get to know our job hunters and clients so we can do our best to help. It seems only fair that you can get to know us as well!

I asked our team at Octopus Personnel some questions to find out a little more about them.

First up is our newest member Katherine!

Katherine joined us at the end of October as one of our Recruitment Consultants and she’s already flying like an eagle!

  1. Coffee or tea?

    Definitely tea all the way!  Has to be milky though.

  2. Starter, main or pudding?

    Main course is definitely the best part of meal for me.  Sometimes, on the downside I don’t leave room for pudding as I love a generous helping!

  3. If your pet could talk to you, what do you think they would say?

    Being the proud owner of four guinea-pigs, I think they would ask me when the next meal is coming or better still, if I could just leave the fridge open for them.  Their appetite is quite insatiable!

  4. Book or movie?

    These days I am so busy juggling work and family life that it would have to be a great film.  I love a good comedy, rom-com or a period drama like Bridgerton.

  5. What’s your favourite time of the year?

    I actually love summertime and Christmas the most.  The smell of freshly cut grass, BBQ sausages and light nights give me such a positive vibe.  But I also love a real Christmas tree in my lounge, the house in full decoration and snuggling up all warm and cosy with a cheeky glass of Advocaat!

  6. If you could live a day as any one animal, which one would you choose?

    A bird of prey would be my ideal animal as I would absolutely love to fly.  The higher the better.  Total freedom and a great view.  Not sure I’d enjoy eating mice though!

  7. Name something you’d love to learn?

    Salsa dancing.  I used to do ballet as a child and never had any dance classes since.  I was always keen on dance so would love a Salsa club to open in Gillingham.

  8. Do you have any secret talents?

    I used to be a Mortgage Adviser which is how I first began interviewing clients.  Also, 20 years ago I wanted to learn more about hair, so I trained as a Hairdresser at evening school just for fun.

  9. What do you love most about Octopus?

    The team are absolutely fantastic here at Octopus.  Everyone has been so welcoming to me and even though I still feel new to this role, the support and encouragement from Sandra and the team has been so reassuring.  The same level of care and support is mirrored in our client and candidate interactions which is what sets us apart as a brand.

  10. Finish this sentence: “It’s never too late to…”

    Start exercising. During covid-19 I started following Lucy Wyndham-Read 7-minute videos to speed up metabolism and burn calories.  Being in lockdown meant that I was not able to get out and about as much as usual and found myself chained to my desk.  I still do these short videos every day to boost energy levels, reduce stress and feel motivated before and after work.

 

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

How to register with a recruitment agency

 The job market is changing. According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS)*, job vacancies are reaching record highs. Over the period June to August 2021, job vacancies grew by 35%, with all industry sectors increasing their number of vacancies. This is great for the job searcher and now is the best time to enter the job market or look for the next step in your career.

With employers looking to recruit again following the impact of COVID-19, many employers are leaving the recruitment process in the hands of the recruitment agencies. This means it is a great time to register with a recruitment agency so that you’re first in line to hear about a new job.

Octopus Personnel is Gillingham High Street’s local recruitment agency, finding the right people for the right jobs in Dorset, Somerset, and Wiltshire. We recruit for permanent and temporary positions from warehouse, production, and industrial, to office and technical jobs.

With lots of people realising that recruitment agencies are the best way of job searching, how can you make sure that you are the first person that springs to mind for a recruiter?

The key is in a successful registration. Alice gives her top tips to successfully register with Octopus Personnel and ensure you stand out at your appointment.

 

What is a registration?

 

What is a Registration and Why Does it Matter?

A registration with Octopus Personnel includes a 20-minute appointment with one of our friendly Octopus Recruitment Consultants. We also need some necessary details to be able to help you on your job search like your personal details, identity check and GDPR form so that we’re complying with our legal requirements. It doesn’t take long to fill in, we promise!

Your registration is an opportunity for us to meet you face to face and have an informal conversation with you. This enables us to get a better feel for the types of jobs and employers that would be the best fit for you and your interests and skills. We are looking for the right person for our clients and a job for you that you will be happy in.

All our registration appointments are face-to-face so that we can dedicate time to get to know you and consider how best to represent you to employers. Thanks to the joys of technology, you can either come to our office in Gillingham or have a meeting over FaceTime, Zoom or WhatsApp!

 

How to have a successful registration

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be Honest

Be honest with yourself and us with the types of jobs you are looking for and are likely to seriously consider. Let us know if there is a salary you need to reach to pay the bills and let us know about anything that will affect your job search or employment.

Our team is friendly and approachable and have a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of situations. They will give you feedback on your CV and let you know any changes they think might be needed. They’ll listen to your experience in other jobs – good and bad – and give you advice on interviews and what jobs might be a good fit.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be realistic

Think about what you want – are your expectations achievable? Do you have the skills and experience for the job you want? Are your salary expectations reasonable?

For some jobs you might need to do some assessments, for example, Word, Data Entry, Excel or even Welding. This gives us a great idea of your suitability for a job and means that you will stand out to the employer.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be flexible

We might see potential in a job you’ve not considered before. Be open to new ideas and types of working. Keep the days and hours you can work as flexible as possible. Consider shift work, temporary jobs, and events. You never know, the client you work for at an event might be impressed with you and have a job opening. Or the temporary job might turn into a permanent position. It happens a lot!

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Be confident

Be confident and show us who you are! We’re here to help you find the right job for you, so we need to see who you are. Let us get to know the real you and we can give you tips and advice to show your strengths for the jobs you want.

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Keep in contact

Keep us up to date with any change of details. Let us know if you’d consider new types of jobs or working hours. It all helps us to find the right match for you.

Sign up for our job alerts and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We post our new jobs on our website and our social media, so if you see a job that you like, let us know!

 

How to register with a recruitment agency

Remember our top tips!

We’re here to help.

First impressions count so consider the way you dress and present yourself. Be kind, courteous and respectful.

Listen to our advice! We want you to succeed and we’ll use all our expertise and experience to find you the right job.

Take the tests! Some job roles require skills assessments or short video introductions or video interviews. Don’t be shy and don’t put these off. See this as a great opportunity to put yourself ahead of the competition.

 

Register with Octopus Personnel and kick start your job search today!

At Octopus Personnel, we take the time to really get to know our job searchers because we love what we do, and we love changing people’s lives for the better.

We are experts at presenting our job searchers to our clients, so that they can see all the skills and experience you can bring to a job. Years of industry expertise and great relationships with our clients means that we are the best solution to find you the right job.

Book an appointment to register with us on 01747 825568 or send us your details here.

 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/jobsandvacanciesintheuk/latest

 

Alice Weeks

About the author

I specialise in temporary recruitment and I’m always planning ahead, but manage to fill those last minute gaps! I really enjoy the buzz of the Octopus Office and no two days are the same. For me, it’s really important to get to know my candidates so I can support them on assignments and get the best from them.

I love baking so working in the Octopus Office with a monthly bake-off is a dream come true. I am a great listener and I know the power of a well-timed cup of tea and a biscuit!

Bloopers Reel

This is what has made us #smile on a dreary Wednesday afternoon 😄

Check out our bloopers reel! We LOVE video recruitment!

Keep an eye out for the polished, professional version coming soon…

#GoOctopus #happiness #wednesdaymotivation #shareasmile

Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.

Successful Recruitment during the Pandemic

We’re in this together

Despite the news continuing to report challenges for individuals, families and companies alike, successful recruitment during the pandemic is still possible.  We are working with our candidates and clients closely to safeguard the health and safety of all.  We take our responsibility to support our communities, those who are vulnerable, and the healthcare providers who are on the front lines of this pandemic extremely seriously.

Following the Prime Minister’s recent announcement, people living in England will be asked to work from home where possible and pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close at 10pm each night under a series of new restrictions. Under these new rules, the requirement to wear face masks has now been extended.  If you need to attend the office for any reason, please make sure you wear a face covering at all times.

Successful Recruitment in the Pandemic

Moving forwards

We have initiated some changes to ensure we remain one step ahead and that we continue to do the right thing for our team, candidates and clients.

The Octopus office will remain open, but we will be offering virtual appointments only for the time being.  You can still meet with us in lots of different ways: using #Zoom#Facetime or #WhatsApp.  Our policies and provision for ensuring we help reduce the spread of Coronavirus have proved effective so far and we will continue to liaise with our clients to ensure we prove the best support and advice to our candidates.

If a virtual appointment does not suit you, we are, as always, on the phones (01747 825568) ready to discuss alternative arrangements with you.

Digital Innovation: Successful Recruitment during the Pandemic

Exciting Announcements

This year has changed the focus of many businesses and allowed us as a recruitment company to bring forward our digital plans. Our commitment to meeting with each candidate at the start of their journey remains at the heart of what we do, so we are very excited to share with you that we have now integrated the latest video software into our recruitment process!

We have already found this gives clients a better insight into the team and cultural fit of a candidate, whilst reducing the time to hire and supporting an accurate first stage screening process. For candidates, it provides a great platform to sell themselves within a matter of seconds, getting your personality, experience and USP across, bringing your CV alive!

So keep an eye out on our social media and website, where we will be revealing all over the next course of the next month!!

The Octopus Team: Successful Recruitment during the Pandemic

Here for you

As mentioned, we are at the end of the phone to support you in any way we can.

For job seekers, our website offers a wide range of resources to help you efficiently navigate the job search, advice on redundancy, making sure your CV and interview skills are up to date, improving your LinkedIn Profile and much more.

For clients, we have the latest advice on recruitment, from flexible resourcing with temporary workers to benefitting from the switch to an employer driven market.

Recruitment during Pandemic

Do you have symptoms of COVID 19?

The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following;

  • A new continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell

For most people, COVID-19 will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above, stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.  Please see all the latest guidance here.

If you are experiencing any symptoms whilst working for Octopus Personnel you must notify us immediately.

Further Information

Further information about preventing the spread of COVID-19 is available on the PHE blog and NHS.UK.

Advice from the NHS on when to self-isolate is here:  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

Advice from the Government to Employer, Employees and Business can be read here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

Advice on travel and returning from travel is here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus and from the Foreign Office Website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice You should notify Octopus Personnel if you have been abroad in the last month.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public provides further information, including symptoms and the latest advice.

Whatever your needs, we are here to help! You can contact us via phone on 01747 825568, drop us an email or contact us so we can answer any questions you may have.

Sandra Smart

About the author

I believe that recruitment is at the heart of a growing economy and that a different type of recruitment service, with honesty, efficiency and integrity at its heart, can benefit all. Octopus Personnel is the result of hard work, focus and commitment to that vision – to delivering consistently great results for our candidates and clients alike, as well as ensuring the agency is a vibrant, inclusive, inspirational place to work and develop rewarding careers.

What to do when you’ve been made redundant

As the Government tries to kick-start the economy during the easing of Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, redundancy is, unfortunately, affecting more and more people.  With the Government’s coronavirus support schemes set to end later this year, there may be more redundancies to come. Being made redundant can leave you wondering what can I do now?  Our Recruitment Team, Sandra, Lucie and Alice, offer their best advice on the next steps you could take.

Woman leaving an office with belongings in a box: What to do when you've been made redundant

“There is an intense wave of emotion which comes with being made redundant,” explains Sandra, Octopus Personnel Director.  “Shock, anxiety, fear can all be immediately overwhelming, followed by a loss of confidence and sense of identity.  It’s a challenging time.  But it comes with opportunities too.  There may be some financial compensation, so it can give you time to take stock and explore your options moving forward.”

“It’s important to get the right support and realise it isn’t your fault,” says Alice, Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant.  “Once you’ve had time to process the news, there are positive steps you can take to make changes and seek a new role.”

Get the right advice

Lady talking on the phone: Get the right advice about redundancy

“Don’t worry alone,” says Sandra, “Get support and advice from people who understand the situation.”  If you need advice on being made redundant, free help is available. A good first port of call is ACAS, an independent public body that offers free impartial advice on employment rights, rules and best practice.

Take stock of how you’re feeling

Losing a job is a huge adjustment and it’s normal to experience a range of emotions. Shock, anger, resentment, relief and much more are all common to feel in a short period of time.  Make sure you give yourself space and time to express these feelings, and talk to other people about what you are experiencing.

Man holding his head: Take stock of how you are feeling

Being made redundant during the pandemic is nothing to be ashamed of; you are not to blame for this turn of events and having some social support during this time can help you cope.  Mind has great advice for dealing with redundancy and supporting your mental health.  “Check out my mindfulness techniques to help you process your feelings and begin to take steps to decide on what you want to do next,” recommends Lucie.

Manage uncertainty by taking small steps

Redundancy can lead to lots of worries about the future and the pandemic feels very unpredictable right now.  Lucie says, “Try to focus on the things you can control. Whilst you may not be able to return to your old job, you can spend some time polishing your CV.  You can get help and advice on celebrating your skills and experience in your CV, on making the most of online interviews and how to answer those tricky interview questions.”

Notebook with action plan written in: Manage uncertainty by taking small steps

“By accepting the things we can’t control, we can start to focus our energy on the things we can.  You’ll start to see the way ahead.”

Look at things differently

Alice says, “If you want to do something different, go for it. Don’t be put off by re-training. It’s an experience in itself.  If you’ve spent some time looking at your CV, you can seek out training opportunities to strengthen weaknesses in your CV and skill set or help you transition to a new field or role.”

Look at things differently

“There are plenty of online and short courses across a broad range of fields. Make sure you have researched any courses before you start and try to look for industry-recognised training providers before you invest your time and money.”

Consider temporary work

Some people might make a quick step from one job to the next after a redundancy. But for those looking to explore options, or people working in industries which have less demand currently, a temporary gig such as a short-term contract could be the answer.

Lucie explained, “A temporary job can be great for buying you breathing space.  It offers structure to your week, which is important when it comes to staying motivated, and it’s an opportunity to pick up new skills and experience different work environments and meet new people.”

If you are made redundant, consider temporary work with Octopus Personnel

Come and see us!

At Octopus Personnel, the recruitment team are here waiting to support YOU! We are experts at presenting our candidates to ensure the employer is able to see all the skills and experience you are bringing to a role, and preparing you to succeed at interview. Years of industry expertise and outstanding relationships with our clients, and grasp of the needs of their business, means we are perfectly positioned within the market to guide you to your new role. You can sign up here or call the office on 01747 825568 to arrange an interview.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

COVID-19 Procedures: Don’t worry!

In line with the government guidelines, we are excited to be reopening the Octopus office as a new safe and welcoming environment.  We wanted to update you about the COVID-19 procedures, which will be in place should you need to come and visit us from the Monday 6th July 2020.

Staying safe with Octopus Personnel

When you arrive at the front office door, it may be locked – don’t worry!  This is to make sure there is only one person visiting the office at any one time.  Just knock on the door and someone will be with you.

An image of the main office door closed - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

When the door is unlocked, you will be met by Mike who is managing the front desk – don’t worry!  Please wait for Mike to return to behind his desk and then come on in! There is an automatic hand sanitiser next to the door.  Just place your hand under the dispenser and clean your hands.

Image of automatic hand sanitiser - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

You will now see a new mat across the floor, a rope and Mike behind a screen – don’t worry!  The carpet is a helpful reminder to simply stand on the feet marks and let Mike know what you need.

An image of the specially marked carpet - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

If you need to collect paperwork – don’t worry!  All paperwork is safely stored in wipeable folders at the front of the office which are cleaned throughout the day.  You can simply and safely collect what you need.

An image of desk with paperwork - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

If you want to register with us – don’t worry!  You can still meet with us in lots of different ways; using #Zoom, #Facetime or #WhatsApp and now face-to-face appointments will be offered if no other choice is an option.

An image of Octopus Laptop working from home - COVID19 Procedures - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

If you need to submit your timesheet – don’t worry!  With the new #website, it couldn’t be easier!

  1. Take a photo of the timesheet on your phone
  2. Go to www.octopuspersonnel.co.uk on your phone
  3. Click on the upload timesheet button on the top right hand corner of the homepage
  4. Attach the image and fill in your name, mobile and email address
  5. Click send

It’s done! Simple. Safe.

Octopus Website - Staying safe in the office with Octopus Personnel

Whatever your needs, we are here to help – don’t worry! You can contact us via phone on 01747 825568, drop us an email or contact us so we can answer any questions you may have about our COVID-19 procedures.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

A practical guide to wellbeing

Wellbeing in the Workplace

Our update this week focuses on how we have continued to maintain productivity and support well-being within the team.  Here is our practical guide to wellbeing in the workplace.

Whilst there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach, what works for one business might not work for another, it is about finding what works for you and your employees and then finding the time to share those experiences and achievements.

Making wellbeing a priority in your business is not only good for each individual but can also lead to increased productivity and improved staff performance.

So what are we doing?

Letting staff know their passions are important and valued

Just as we used to enjoy the bake-offs, team events and other fun office antics before lockdown, now we are focusing more on our own achievements – our passions.  This is so motivating and that opportunity to share what makes people tick strengthens the team bonds which can be so vital.

So what are the team doing?

Sandra's going out with the dogs - Octopus practical guide to wellbeing

Woman’s best friends

Scruff and Molly will be familiar faces to any of you who know us or follow our social media, and they are normally the heart and soul of the office.  Getting out and exercising the dogs each day has given Sandra structured breaks to her day which keep her productivity up.  An early morning walk down by the beach as the sun is coming up is good for the soul.

Donna's being in nature - Octopus practical guide to wellbeing

Natural inspiration

Donna and her family love to be exploring outside.  Sharing what the children have discovered with us, and her family in Cornwall keeps her feeling connected and inspired.  We live in such a beautiful place!

Lucie's doing Yoga - Octopus practical guide to wellbeing

Yoga can’t beat it

Via Zoom, Lucie has been able to keep up with her Yoga and meditation classes, with her teacher all the way in Cornwall.  Making time for those classes, alongside the dedication to her practice has kept Lucie focused and grounded during this time.

Rae's writing - Octopus practical guide to wellbeing

Noteworthy

Following on from her Octopus birthday present, Rae has been journaling.  Each day that involves; setting mindful targets, drinking more water and tracking her running total which is almost up to 200km during the lockdown period!  This period of reflection at the beginning and end of the day is helping Rae move toward her goals and recognise each step she takes towards them.  And who doesn’t love a chart to colour in?

Alice's running - Octopus practical guide to wellbeing

Couch to 5K

Having adopted a lovely little dog, Alice has been using this time to work on her running.  Using the couch to 5K app, Alice has become a runner!  Setting herself a new challenge and getting out in the fresh air has kept Alice focused and productive.

Thank you so much for the responses last week about ensuring the safety of staff and we hope you find our practical guide to wellbeing useful!

We would like to hear from you again and ask: ‘How are you supporting team productivity?’ and ‘what is your practical approach to wellbeing in the workplace?’  Click here to let us know.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Comms are key

Comms are key

Through social media and emails, we have worked hard during this time to keep all of you, our clients, and our candidates up to speed.   This has allowed us to maintain a high level of engagement for the business from clients and candidates, and has ensured we are constantly registering new high-calibre candidates and able to respond to the changing needs of our clients.

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We have and will continue to go above and beyond, offering the same high quality support and guidance, whilst starting to work more flexibly. We are now taking forward the lessons we have learnt over these past months, to continue to offer a comprehensive package of online support as well as operating a physical presence in the office, and comms will remain key.

Repurposing the Office Space

With the business running successfully remotely, we are now stretching forward into our 42 day plan and repurposing the office for the return.  This week, the Octopus space has been completely redesigned with the protection of candidates and the team at the heart of every choice.  Gone are the seating area, computers, extra desks, visible paperwork or anything which could hamper the thorough and regular cleaning of the office.  Now, clear signage and robust procedures, which ensure the safety of all.  Using clearly outlined policies and procedures which all staff members have contributed to, we have tried to plan and prepare for all eventualities.

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Our online window

Over the past few months changes to online behaviour has accelerated in pace, with other large-scale changes and, like any other business, it was vital we were able to keep up and meet demand.  The launch of the new Octopus website came at the perfect time for the business.  Although we couldn’t celebrate the launch as we had planned, the website has been the centrepiece of keeping the office running remotely.  From candidate needs (remote registration, job application, timesheet submission etc.) to client needs (registering a vacancy, requesting a callback, or quickly updating the team about ongoing demands) the website has allowed us to continue to broaden our mentoring and personal on-boarding service.

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Thank you for the feedback we received last week about returning to the office – the lessons learnt and shared make us all stronger.

We would like to hear from you again and ask: “What has been vital in ensuring the safety of your staff?”

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Meet with us virtually or in the office

As we take the next steps into the #newnormal, we wanted to provide all our candidates with an update.  As you know, the business is running successfully remotely, but we are now working hard to implement steps for us to safely return to the office and we wanted to share our approach with you.

Our target date for opening the office on a part time basis, is the Monday 6th July 2020.  You will then be able to meet with us virtually or in the office.

Opening Times

From this date, the office opening hours will be 10am – 2pm, Monday through to Friday. And we will still be available, as normal, from 8:30am – 5:30pm, Monday – Thursday and 8:30am – 5pm, on a Friday.

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Your Safety

If you do come to visit it us in the office, every care has been taken to ensure your safety.  Clear signage, roped off areas, screens and a strict one candidate only in the office at any time, means you can visit knowing your safety is our priority.  Before we open, you will receive a clear email with labelled images and detailed information about how we plan to keep you safe.

Talk to us your way

Our comprehensive candidate care package is designed to fit in with your life and needs.  You can still meet with us virtually using; Zoom, Facetime or WhatsApp and now face-to-face appointments will be offered if no other choice is an option.  All of our paperwork is designed to be completed remotely and returned via email, making it flexible to your needs.

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Here for all your needs

Our website is a one stop shop for everything you need.  You can search our current vacancies, register, submit your CV, download guides to improve your; CV, covering letter and interview technique, and explore our top tips for job seeking and finding the perfect role in the blog.

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Please do get in contact if you have any other questions about our return to the office and we look forward to welcoming you, virtually or face-or-face, next time we see you.  Remember to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter for further updates.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!

 

Approaching the new work normal

The whole country is now exploring what the new work normal looks like for their business.  Octopus Personnel, as a team, are now working hard to implement steps for us to start safely returning to the office and we wanted to share our approach with you.

There are so many competing challenges for businesses at the moment and it can, at times, be hard to see the wood for the trees.  To help us, we have moved our focus to a 42 day rolling plan, which is constantly updated by the whole team, and we have used ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ to make sure all aspects of the team’s welfare is being considered.

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A practical approach

Physiological needs are the easiest to meet, but have, in their own right, needed consideration when returning to the office.  Making sure that everyone is able to do their job safely has been the first priority.  From who is using the kettle to how the desks are positioned, everything within the office is being considered to ensure these needs can be met.  We are ensuring that we have a good working environment for all, alongside the right tools to safely perform our roles.

Safety: our biggest concern

Safety is obviously of paramount concern during this time.  Screens, sanitiser, floor markings, routes in and out of the office are all being addressed, but perhaps most importantly all members of the team have access to the plan and can raise any issues they are concerned about.  A Health & Safety inspection is also booked to ensure that every aspect of provision has been thought through.  Everyone’s opinion has been treated with respect, allowing all ideas to be put forward and the best ones developed.

Our continued passion

Belonging is perhaps one of the easiest needs for the Octopus family to meet, as we had such a strong underlying team ethos.  Weekly Zoom meetings help us remain connected and as mentioned, every member of the team is a stakeholder in the return to the office, whether they will be office based or not.  The team dynamic has never been stronger and that is most certainly down to the quality of communication we share.  The same vision for the business continues to be held by all.

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 Feeling valued

The challenges, which businesses have faced already and continue to face, are not to be underestimated.  Using Microsoft Teams, we have made sure that each member of the team is recognised for their contribution each day.  Goals have become much shorter focused, as we push the business forward day by day and all successes are shared and celebrated.  From placing temps to completing payroll, every task is being shared and recognised by all to maintain transparency and inclusion.

 Dream big…

This all means that the Octopus team is here and ready to ‘think big’.  Everyone has had the opportunity to be creative, to have a vision for the future, to reinvent, and provide direct input to senior leadership. Creative solutions, the application of technology and a lot of hard work have helped Octopus navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic so far and means we are ready and raring to go as we push the business forward again into the new normal.

It would be great to hear how you have been and how you are approaching the return to the new world of work? Drop us an email to enquiries@octopuspersonnel.co.uk or request a call back here.

Erin Belmont

About the author

I look after the marketing for Octopus – from the job adverts you see to the events we put on throughout the year.

I love being in the middle of the office, soaking up the lively dynamic atmosphere. The team at Octopus really care about our job searchers and clients and do everything they can to understand everyone’s needs and make intelligent and productive job matches. Their drive and fun loving spirit inspire me every day!