Greg, our resident Construction and Engineering Specialist was placed on Furlough in April, kicking and screaming.  Read here about how he spent his time –

If I cast my mind back to the beginning of the year I was on track to have my best performing month since starting out in recruitment. I was on a high and absolutely buzzing for what 2020 had in store for me and the business. Plenty of happy people waiting to start their new job, lots of new and exciting vacancies up on the board, interviews booked in, the phones were ringing and I could barely keep up with my emails. I was non-stop. What could go wrong?

Well, everything. I never thought in a million years my working life would go from fun and fast paced to a monumental stand still at the drop of a hat. Vacancies were pulled and interviews postponed and there was nothing I could do about it. It’s fair to say from that moment I knew the world was going to stop turning, but for how long no one knew…

A flurry of internal meetings later and I’m packing up my laptop, phone and top drawer snacks (we all have those right!?) ready to work from home for the foreseeable. Luckily I had just moved into my new home a few weeks before in Trimley St Mary where my furlough journey was about to begin!

I started off in exactly the right way by Netflix binging, holding gin tasting evenings for one and taking far too many trips to the fridge, oh and the best bit, napping completely unnecessarily! It’s fair to say I quickly realised I was staring down the rabbit hole so decided to quickly fix up and decided to get active outdoors. I can honestly say I haven’t looked back since!

I had a purpose now, to wake up each day and be better than I was the day before. By better I mean faster, fitter and stronger than the day before. I wanted to smile more, have happier thoughts and a clearer head than the day before. I wanted a faster 5k time and a longer bike ride than the day before. I actually turned into a bit of a machine who was waking up at 5am to catch the sunrise and explore the nature that the village has to offer. Who knew it was possible to take something so devastating and use it to change yourself for the better?

In a nutshell, furlough leave for me was finding myself, as cheesy as it sounds. By the time I returned to the office I was 23lbs lighter and still counting. I was in constant contact with my team the whole way through who were, if not furloughed with me, putting blood sweat and tears into the business ensuring the wheels on the Spider bus didn’t stop turning!

So there we have it, a lot of personal development and a huge hill to climb before we get back to normal (if normal is even a thing anymore). I’m back in the hot seat and busy reacquainting myself with the local market and talking to business and candidates again. Please feel free to get in touch if you think I can help you with anything! 

For more information about recruitment opportunities in the Engineering, Construction and Manufacturing sectors Greg is your man.  Call him on 01473 276146.