It’s Smart Works 1st Birthday – have I really been volunteering there for a year. The stories of the women I am helping are humbling. We are coaching via zoom but its kind of ok. Afterall most interviews are via zoom these days!! They are planning a party/fundraiser – I have volunteered – of course I have – I cant help myself J. I am on raffle prize detail. I am ringing my contacts and using my most wheedling voice, It appears to be effective. I have persuaded Nick Smith at Reward to part with £250 of John Lewis vouchers, Andrew Ward and Sharon Bryden from Reparo to cough up 2 bottles of vintage Fizz, Roger Hutton to donate prizes from both Clarion and the Yorkshire Cricket Club as well as a subscription to Rare Birds Book Club!! Good job recruitment appears to be a dying art at the moment – plenty of time for good deeds!! We welcome the girls back part-time. It’s so good we are all back together albeit for only one day per week. We focus on business development. If we don’t I figure there may be no business to develop!! We reinvent ourselves. We each take responsibility for individual clients, we send out emails, do follow up calls. We reach out to prospects, we introduce ourselves to again to the signatories of the HM treasury Women in Finance Charter, we are all over our social media feeds and at the end of all that activity we are no further forward. My positivity is wavering but we will not be beaten.
Well that was a brief team reunion. Girls are back on furlough for now whilst we regroup, rethink, replot and rework. The candidate calls are relentless and often heart-breaking. Good people are being set adrift and are bewildered and anxious. We are trying our best to re-assure and support but with no roles to work on its tough to stay positive and keep others positive too. Another lockdown arrives at the same time as miserable weather. How much more misery can this year heap on us!! I am back in the gym, replacing outside runs with the treadmill – WE WILL NOT GIVE IN!! I am keeping in touch with the positive people in my life. We are getting through this together. I am craving a Sunday lunch at the 3 Acres, a pint in my local and some girly company. Boozy zoom calls will have to do right now!!
Well December has come round pretty quick. The girls are feeling like yo-yos – back off furlough and part-time business development. We are now juggling the moods of clients, candidates and employees. There is procession of delivery drivers visiting the house, I feel like an Amazon depot. The recycling bin is so full we have to do a mercy dash to the tip. I’m not even going to mention the bottle bank walk of shame….. It’s the new village meeting place!! We arrange a secret Santa zoom and have to rearrange as one of the prezzies fails to arrive on time. Sophie is clearly on the naughty list J. Al and I have a chat, to reflect on the year. It’s been ridiculously tough and we are uncertain what’s going to happen.
What we do agree on is that we are proud of what we have done this year.
We have supported candidates and clients alike.
Our moral compass is intact.
We do the right things.
We will never stop doing the right things.
We are just hoping that the Universe recognises this and we get a chance to do the right things in 2021.
Thank you to all of you that took time see how we were doing, to reach out and help us to remain positive. You have no idea how much that has meant to us. Wishing you all a safe and peaceful Christmas and a hopeful New Year.