Temp of the Month – September 2023

Temp of the Month winner

John is our Temp of the Month!


September’s award goes to John.

Our Mr. September is no stranger to the Temp of the Month awards. John has not only won Temp of the Month twice before in previous years, he was awarded our Temp of the Year in 2018!

John moved into the local area several years ago and registered with Octopus Personnel to find work. At the time, he described the registration process as taking time, ‘not because you were filling in paperwork, but because they wanted to get to know you… to understand what you were looking for… to build that relationship. And it was that process, I think, that really paid off for me.’

John has had a wide range of assignments with Octopus over the years – from a day, to a week, to a month, to a year. What they all had in common was the positive feedback from both John and the clients. I am always super happy to recommend John to a new client. I know he will do an outstanding job, and I always have existing clients asking him back.

This was the first time I had the pleasure of presenting John with Temp of the Month and I was really looking forward to it. I received such lovely words from him after –

‘I’m still reeling from that wonderful surprise this morning. There is some tough competition out there so it’s an honour to receive such an award.

I’ve always been proud of my connection to Octopus Personnel.  Not only have I had the great pleasure of meeting a mighty fine, professional team of people, but I’ve also benefited from working alongside highly knowledgeable and experienced work colleagues who have trained me in my various roles.

Numerous times I have been impressed and amazed by the experiences that have come my way. My time with yourselves has been a notable chapter in the story of my life and has furnished me with memories that will warm me on cold days.

Thank you all so very much for considering me in this way.’

John, it’s an absolute honour to work with you and you deserve every recognition that comes your way. Thank you.


Sandra awarding John our Temp of the Year award for 2018.





Could you be the next Temp of the Month?

We are extremely proud of our temporary workers, all of whom we expect to be hardworking and reliable. Each month we invite our clients and staff in the office to nominate any temp who has gone above and beyond or exceeded their expectations in some way. Out of these, we choose one winner, giving them £20 worth of vouchers to recognise their contribution and say thank you!

We publish our winners in the office, on social media and here.

Click on ‘Temp of the Month’ in the blogs to see more.

If you’ve never temped before, you can learn more in Anna’s blog 10 things I love about temping – Octopus Personnel


You've been framed wall

Anna Wiklinska

About the author

I’m on hand for our industrial and hospitality recruitment here at Octopus – think warehousing, production, construction, kitchen and technical type jobs. I also run our seasonal event work – this is a great option for those wanting to earn some extra money without commitment.

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.