What has Coronavirus meant to Just Recruitment?

What has Coronavirus meant to Just Recruitment?

Three months ago, we had never heard of COVID-19. Now it has the world gripped with fear.

Up until a few weeks ago, I don’t believe that I had ever heard the phrase “self-isolation”, I had certainly never said it. Now I’m practising it.

Prior to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s introduction of a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, I knew Furlough as a slightly archaic word for military leave. This week I have been struggling with implementing it for some of my colleagues.

      Fortunately, back in 2016, we invested in a technology overhaul and the creation of our private cloud infrastructure.  

Within a couple of months of the disease being named, it has turned the world upside down and inside out!

At Just Recruitment we have implemented our Business Continuity plans to enable as many people as possible to work from home. Fortunately, back in 2016, we invested in a technology overhaul and the creation of our private cloud infrastructure. A person’s physical location is irrelevant when it comes to being able to access our voice and data technology.

This means that we can move people to the location that is best for the business and for the individual’s security.

We have been working with the GLA and our clients to ensure that we can use the technology we have to maintain the highest levels of compliance. At the time of writing, Just Recruitment has over 250 temporary workers employed in either the food or medical supply chains. These individuals have been given special worker status and are important players in the country’s fight against coronavirus.

It is not been easy to adapt to the new challenges. It is sometimes stressed and stretched our existing procedures. What everyone at Just Recruitment can be proud of is how, as a company, we have met the challenge.

Wash your hands

Obviously, across the country, there are many similar examples of small companies stepping up to the mark. The days ahead will continue to be challenging and we will meet the challenges. We will be here for our clients, for our candidates and for our community.

What we all must do is to get on with business as usual. Or at least as close to usual as it can be. We must all recognise and comply with the rules and regulations that are being introduced by the government. Many of the very imaginative actions recently taken by the Chancellor show his commitment to support the economy. But the economy also needs the help itself. Companies like Just Recruitment, need to adapt to the new environment as well as adopt the new rules.

If, as seems likely, we are about to enter a deep recession we need to find the resilience and innovations needed to bring us through the recession; and to bring us through as a stronger company, as a stronger economy and as a stronger country.

Peter Foy Director of Just Recruitment

Published: 25 March 2020

© 2020 Just Recruitment Group Ltd

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