Coronavirus 2020 -The Smart10 Take…

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May 26, 2020

Monday March 23rd 2020 – A day that we will not forget. At 8pm Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential businesses were to close, everyone that could work from home should be doing so, we were no longer allowed to gather with friends and family, we could only leave the house for essential items or to exercise once a day.

From this day our lives changed as we new it and new heroes were born!

I think I speak for everyone when I say that at first the thought of working from home, not having to commute, not having to set an alarm for ridiculous o’clock and most importantly – I wouldn’t have to change out of our PJ’s, was incredibly appealing….

Then came the warm weather and the realisation that we couldn’t go and enjoy a wine in a Pub Garden! When the time came to get our groceries, well…a 45 minute wait outside Waitrose, (2 meters apart of course), following the arrows around the store and not being able to purchase TOILET PAPER – The situation really hit home!

All parents realised that teaching our children was NOT as easy as we had thought, now we realise why teachers deserve that summer break so much.

As the weeks go by and we are all starting to settle into the ‘New Normal’, I am surprised at how much I miss being in the office – I never thought I would say that!

The novelty of working from home half-dressed and not having daily interaction with like-minded colleagues has hit home, and I am now really looking forward to returning to work as soon as I can. I have been surprised at how other members of our team have also shared this feedback in recent weeks and the continued questions from them asking when is it ‘Safe’ to return to the office?.  The answer of this as yet is still un-certain, however it has made us all realise we should be grateful for the colleagues around us and for what a great team we have. Whether we are remotely working or in the same room, the energy and positivity has been infectious and our motivation, passion and drive has remained in place throughout.

I have asked a few of the smart10 girls for their perspective on how things have changed for them personally, take a look on what they think?

Claire Brindle – Managing Director

How has the Coronavirus personally affected your work?  

It has given me the opportunity to interview and register a higher volume of talented individuals in the market looking for a new Employment opportunity. I have also had pleasure in supporting candidates by offering Free CV Advice and Interview Guidance in times of need!

How are you keeping motivated while working at home during the Coronavirus?

It feels just the same for me… I am motivated by securing people into work placements and this has not changed. Naturally, the job market is quieter than normal, but this just makes that ‘Job Offer Call’ all the more exciting when it does happen – and it is still happening behind the scenes weekly. Things will pick up and we all remain optimistic.

What is the thing you most look forward to once things go back to normal?

Being able to work in a buzzy office with colleagues and visiting clients on-site. I miss visiting new places and having that first introduction!

What message would you like to pass on to others during this time?

Stay positive, this is only temporary, and I do believe there is light at the end of the tunnel. Most importantly, keep safe and healthy and follow the Government Guidelines!

What would you say to your past self about this, if you had the chance?

I prefer to look forwards 😉

Chrissie Lewis – Team Leader Operational Support

How has the Coronavirus personally affected your work?

Working from home with Children has its challenges especially with two children under 3 however am always a very positive person and have tried to keep this attitude since the beginning.

How are you keeping motivated while working at home during the Coronavirus?

Making a plan and noting my goals down of what I would like to achieve always helps keep me motivated!

What is the thing you most look forward to once things go back to normal?

Seeing my family, getting a routine back and last but certainly not least seeing my lovely colleagues 😊

What message would you like to pass on to others during this time?

Try to remain positive and make the most out of the situation especially to those with children (we would never usually get this much time with them) Appreciate the small wins and keep safe

What would you say to your past self about this, if you had the chance?

Slow down and the things that would usually stress you out are not worth the worry

Rio Kane – Recruitment Consultant | Sales & Marketing Division

How has the Coronavirus personally affected your work?

It has been a struggle adjusting to working from home as I am used to a loud buzzy office to work in, where as I am now working by myself at my dressing table.

How are you keeping motivated while working at home during the Coronavirus?

Ensuring I get up early before I start work and sit and eat my breakfast with an iced coffee. I also utilise my weekends more by getting up earlier and doing anything that makes me happy😊

What is the thing you most look forward to once things go back to normal?

Going to see my family….and a shopping trip to ikea!!

What message would you like to pass on to others during this time?

Do what is best for you and your family…do not listen to other people’s opinions and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you need a day in bed watching TV, eating rubbish food then do it!

What would you say to your past self about this, if you had the chance?

Appreciate normality and your freedom…

Georgia Sewell – Recruitment Consultant – Accounting & Finance Specialist

How has the Coronavirus personally affected your work?

It is strange going from a loud and buzzy office environment to sitting all by yourself at your kitchen table!

How are you keeping motivated while working at home during the Coronavirus?

By taking a full break and stepping away from the “desk” and phone and doing something not work-related

What is the thing you most look forward to once things go back to normal?

Seeing family and friends 🙂

What message would you like to pass on to others during this time?

Try to stay positive and appreciate the little things!

What would you say to your past self about this, if you had the chance?

It will get better in time, be patient and try not to worry too much

I leave this post with one Question…. When will it be ‘Safe’ to return to the Office?