Great Employer 04/05/2021

How to know when you’re working for a great employer

It would be a gross understatement to say that, since March 2020, we have faced major challenges in our professional lives.  For those fortunate enough to have remained in their posts, who had heard of the term furlough? Who would have thought their entire workforce was working remotely or that their only social contact at work was a Zoom meeting? There is no doubt that the pandemic will have made many of us re-assess our priorities and, indeed, some of the adaptations we have had to make we may well prefer.  But it shouldn’t make us feel grateful for merely having a job and it certainly shouldn’t stop us from deciding just how good our employers actually are.

Feeling under-valued?

Unfortunately, according to Top CV, 55% of employees who have been furloughed feel neglected by their employer, as they do not communicate with them or keep them informed of what is happening. Even if you haven’t been furloughed, in the current economic climate, with no real end date to the uncertainty and economic instability, you may feel that it is too risky to move jobs. Even in this fragile, and weaker economic environment, staying put is not necessarily the best possible strategy. In sectors such as IT Recruitment, where the job market is strong and opportunities are plentiful, it may be the perfect time to move on.

People first

For the second year running, Corecom Consulting has been crowned ‘The UK’s Leading IT Recruitment Company – UK’ at the national Corporate Excellence Awards 2021.  Over the next three years, we are projecting turnover of £10 million and we plan to expand the team from 18 to 40 employees.

Managing Director, Jonathan Sanderson said:

“We pride ourselves on being an employer that puts our people first. We prioritise our team’s well-being, their work-life balance and their career development.”

You can be sure that a focus on wellness, mental health, and family first will be a lasting legacy of the pandemic.  Manpower Group, asked more than 8,000 people in eight countries how they want to work in the future. They asked for more autonomy, more flexibility to spend time with family, and more opportunities to learn and develop sustainable skills. Employers that put people first and prioritise well-being, work-life blend, and learning will attract and keep the best talent.

More flexibility

Companies have all done things differently since the onset of the global pandemic.  Corecom Consulting, have opted for the ‘office-occasional’ hybrid model where employees work both from home and in the office depending on the nature of the work required on that particular day. And having listened to its employees, it’s here to stay.

Gensler published a report at the start of 2021 that stated 67% of UK workers would prefer a hybrid working model, spending anywhere between one and four days in the office each week.  Companies already operating a hybrid model reported greater job satisfaction, higher levels of productivity, and improved mental health and wellbeing amongst staff.

Rick Hughes, Commercial Director at Corecom Consulting said:

“We always strive to recruit the best IT talent and we have decided to adopt the hybrid model. Leeds has a digital skills shortage and many of our senior staff have young families. We’re confident that the greater flexibility this way of working offers will allow us to tap into a wider source of talent.”

Giving back

Corecom Consulting encourages each employee to dedicate at least one working day to volunteering in the community. The company is proud to be a charity partner of the Moonlight Trust; who provides food, shelter, sanitation, medical supplies and education to refugees across the globe. Corecom Consulting is also a member of the Candlelighters Team 500; a charity that has helped children with cancer and their families in Yorkshire for over 40 years.  The company supports Emmaus Leeds: a charity that provides a home and meaningful work to companions (formerly homeless people). It provides guidance, mentorship and training sessions to companions at Emmaus in Basic IT Skills, CV Writing and Job Application advice. It also provides regular voluntary support, assisting the Charity at their social enterprises in Leeds City Centre.

Research by Great Place to Work looked at thousands of employee surveys from companies on its 50 best Workplaces that Give Back and revealed that workers at these organisations say they’re more likely to stay with their employer for a long time as a result of the company’s voluntary programmes.

So, if this doesn’t sound like your workplace, perhaps now is the time to make that switch and re-evaluate what matters most?


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