The New Normal

On Friday 1st May our Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced a 5-phase plan which has given the nation hope and a focus for the coming months.

However, from a work perspective, the majority of employees can expect to work from home for the foreseeable future. So, is working from home the new normal? This type of work is presenting its own issues and challenges for employees. At RecruitmentPlus, our employees have had the option to work from home 1-2 days per week for over a decade and currently all of our employees have been working from home since 16th March. Using this experience, we want to share some of our ideas and top tips that might help you in your new daily working from home routine.

We’ve found the following works best for our team:

  • Agree core hours each day and learn to switch off after your finish time by turning your phone either to silent or off.
  • Create a daily To Do List so you can look back on what you accomplished for the day.
  • Aim to get some daily exercise. Whether it’s a short stroll in the morning, an online yoga class at lunchtime or a more physical workout, daily movement will help clear the head.
  • Arrange a virtual face-to-face meeting. Zoom meetings with teams or a one on one FaceTime with a work colleague help us to stay in touch with one another and to remind us that our colleagues are also trying to come to terms with this new working from home practice.
  • Find your own space to be able to concentrate on your work without interruptions. You’ll find you will be far more productive and your family will learn to understand not to interrupt your new working day.
  • Dress for work each day. Whilst it may be tempting to wear your comfy PJ’s and slippers all day, recent surveys agree that dressing each day does make for a more structured and work orientated mind-set.  Keep it casual if you prefer, but leave the PJ’s in the bedroom.

 

RecruitmentPlus celebrated 20 years in business in 2019 and was awarded Great Place to Work along with Best SME Louth 2020 and we’re still open for business, albeit working remotely to safeguard our employees and adhere to government guidelines.

We have vacancies across Dublin and the North-East so please continue to reach out to us on 01 2788610 or 0429356910.  Alternatively you can contact us on jobs@rplus.ie or www.recruitmentplus.ie

I’d like to say Thank You to our clients and our candidates (Temp, Contract and Perm) for your ongoing support.  A very special heartfelt Thank You to all our front-line and essential workers for the amazing job they are doing on behalf of the whole country in our fight to beat the Coronavirus.

Let’s continue to work together to beat this pandemic and demonstrate to other nations that Ireland will continue to adhere to C19 guidelines and we will soon “reopen for business” and work together to get our economy back on track.

In This Together

Slowly but surely Ireland has been winning the battle against Covid-19 with new daily cases of the virus peaking in mid month and declining since, and with the mortality rate declining slightly according to latest figures, we can all hope for a very gradual transition over the coming months to something like the sort of social interaction and work scenarios that existed prior to this disease.

It will take all of our continued support to get to this position and we salute the HSE and medical scientific community in Ireland in their ongoing fight on our behalf.

So come on Ireland, let’s show our neighbouring countries that we’ve the determination and the resilience to fight this virus by continuing to respect social distancing and by staying home.

Recruitment Plus is proud to be supporting our clients in the healthcare sector by working tirelessly to source Temporary Front-line Healthcare Assistants who can offer immediate support during this crisis.  If you are interested in joining the fight against Covid-19, contact RecruitmentPlus today on 01 2788610 or email anne@rplus.ie or bernice@rplus.ie

COVID-19 Update

These are unprecedented times for businesses in Ireland. Because of the current COVID-19 situation, our employees have all been set up to work from home since Monday 16th March. We will continue this work from home scheme as requested by the government and we are keeping an eye on this constantly evolving situation. Our number one priority is the health of our employees and in turn their families and the wider community.

 

We are available by phone and email as usual. Our main and direct dial phone lines will revert to employee mobiles during working hours and all employees can log in remotely. We are committed to keeping continuity of service for our clients and candidates.

 

Beyond business as usual, we are happy to lend our expertise where we can. As a recruitment agency who has been in business for over 20 years and recently recognized as a Best Workplace, we have a huge array of industry knowledge to help employees and business owners at this time. So, if we can assist in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01 2788610 or mobile 0868314668. Everyone in Ireland is trying to figure out how to best manage their employment or business right now. And we all work better together.

 

Our Minister for Health Simon Harris has stated the next 7 days are critical in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus. Let’s all continue to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves, our families and the greater community.

 

As the old Irish proverb says “Ní neart go cur le chéile”.

 

 

Anne Fanthom

Managing Director

Tel 01 2788610

Mobile 0834246691

Great Place To Work

Great Place to Work 2020 Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

RecruitmentPlus Named as One of the Best Workplaces in Ireland

We are delighted to announce that we have been officially recognised as one of the Best Workplaces in Ireland in 2020. The annual Great Place to Work, Best Workplaces in Ireland awards, took place in the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road, Dublin on Wednesday 26th February 2020. This is our first year to be named as a top Irish workplace, which is assessed through Great Place to Work’s robust ‘Trust Index©’ employee survey and a thorough ‘Culture Audit©’ assessment of their policies and practices.

We were ranked as the 14th best small workplace in Ireland.

In attendance on the evening were Anne-Marie Wallace, Bernice Brennan, Hazel Whelan, Lorna Ward, Zuzana Foley and Managing Director Anne Fanthom who says, “Thanks to all our colleagues, candidates and clients for their good wishes on our Great Places to Work achievement.  The team are thrilled and reaching 14th place out of 37 in our first year of entry is a huge accolade.”

 

About Great Place to Work® and the Assessment Process

The key defining feature of a great workplace is the level of trust that exists within it. From an employee’s viewpoint, the definition of a great workplace is one where you trust the people you work with, you have great pride in what you do, and you enjoy the people you work with. The Great Place to Work Institute assesses the policies and practices in place in organisations under nine key areas: Inspiring, Speaking, Listening, Caring, Developing, Thanking, Hiring, Celebrating, and Sharing. They then benchmark these practices against other organisations in that country. The second key component of the assessment is an anonymous Trust Index survey that gathers the perceptions of employees under five dimensions: Credibility, Respect, Fairness, Pride, and Camaraderie. Finally, there is an in-depth qualitative analysis of open-ended comments from employees.

Business All Stars 2020

We are pleased to announce that RecruitmentPlus has received Business All-Star Accreditation. Our team has been very busy over the last 8 weeks working with the All-Ireland Business Foundation to achieve our Business All-Star Accreditation Certificate. This accreditation is an outstanding achievement and recognises the hard work and dedication of our team in providing a best in class service to all our customers. Anne Fanthom, Managing Director and Bernice Brennan, Business Development Manager were in attendance at the Gold Medal Ceremony on December 12th at Croke Park to receive our official certificate.

Business All-Star accredited companies are defined as progressive, indigenous Irish businesses which meet the highest standards of verified performance, trust and customer centricity. In achieving this accreditation, we join a unique group of businesses and we believe this continues to demonstrate our commitment to improving our service to our customers and suppliers.

This award means so much to our company because it’s based on what we value most: performance, trust and customer-centricity. As a recruitment agency, we work hard to ensure the right person is placed in the right job. Our focus is always on the best outcome for our clients and candidates and they know they can trust us as we have their best interests at heart.

 

We would like to thank the team at Business All Stars as well as our clients and suppliers who supported us by providing references and testimonials in support of our application. We especially want to thank our team at RecruitmentPlus.  Every member of the RecruitmentPlus team is an All Star.

RecruitmentPlus wins SME of the Year

A hearty congratulations to our Dundalk team for being awarded “Best SME of the Year” at the 2019 Louth Business Awards.

 

The awards were held on Saturday 19th October at the Carrickdale Hotel with over 650 attending from businesses across Louth. Representing RecruitmentPlus on the night were: Anne Fanthom- Managing Director, Hazel Whelan- Director, Zuzana Foley- Regional Manager, Ciara Byrne- Senior Consultant and Jean Bailey- Temporary Division Consultant.

 

There were over 20 awards given out on the evening including the “Lifetime Award for Contribution to Louth” which was presented to Jim O’Callaghan of TSM Controls. He founded the company over 40 years ago and TSM is now a global organization exporting to 76 countries. Mr. O’Callaghan was president of Dundalk Chamber of commerce during the mid-80s and during his tenure he drove a cross-border initiative re-establishing contact between chambers of commerce on both sides of the border. A well-deserved award!

 

RecruitmentPlus were finalists in two categories- Best Training Initiative sponsored by the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board and Best SME of the Year sponsored by VHI Healthcare. The best Training Initiative award went to National Pen, a great employer based in Dundalk.

 

The highlight of the evening for our team was winning Best SME of the Year. We were delighted to have been short-listed among a strong group of finalists including Foxpak Flexibles, Fyffes, Nova Leah and Great Northern Distillery. All of these companies have made an impact to the region and we were proud to be part of this list of companies.

 

As members of the National Recruitment Federation, winning the award was a testament to the importance of the recruitment sector in Ireland. We pride ourselves on “Proactively partnering people” and that personal approach seems to have really made an impact on the judges for the Louth Business Awards. Our clients and candidates are at the heart of everything we do and our consultants go out of their way to ensure we place the right people in the right jobs.

 

The award was accepted by Regional Manager Zuzana Foley. “As a recruitment agency, we work with a good percentage of the companies in attendance at the awards and accepting that award among these clients and colleagues was an amazing experience”, said Foley.

 

Each company short-listed at the awards should be incredibly proud of their achievement. It is no secret that the worries of Brexit are on everyone’s minds, especially in a border county. Regardless of these worries, these companies continue to thrive and forward-plan with enthusiasm and optimism. This was a great night for the northeast and highlighted the importance of that region to Ireland’s economy.

Change is here- Watch the movie

Exciting times for RecruitmentPlus. Change is here.