Joyful June Calendar
03 June 2020

"Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day" - Alice Morse Earle.

Meaningful May Calendar
05 May 2020

Print a copy of this 'feel good' action calendar for May 2020.  "Keep calm - stay wise - be kind".
Visit www.actionforhappiness.org.

Every cloud has a silver lining
22 April 2020

The unprecedented global pandemic that is Covid-19 has tragically claimed many lives and caused huge disruption, be that ...

The unprecedented global pandemic that is Covid-19 has tragically claimed many lives and caused huge disruption, be that economic or mental wellbeing.
The negative consequences caused by this invisible foe will undoubtedly be featured in history forever and let’s hope important lessons are learned and acted upon.
This said, they say every cloud has a silver lining and whilst I recognise that none of us would have ever wished for this, I have witnessed some positives coming from this crisis.
Many of our candidates are getting in touch, and the conversations extend beyond the normal. There is clearly a more overriding humanistic and compassionate feeling. I also take great hope and insight from the variety of ways that candidates are coping with the current conditions.
For example, one candidate, an avid cyclist is supplying GP medication to patients in order to assist his local GP. Another is learning how to speak Spanish via an online course, whilst another is learning chess. One candidate is performing daily guitar solos on FB whilst countless others are benefiting from the extra time they are spending with their family, busy parents who would not ordinarily have the time to home school their children. The list goes on. 
These are genuinely unpleasant times but every cloud….
We’ve been dealt an unprecedented card but it has created opportunities.
Stay Safe.

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In the Face of Adversity
01 April 2020

During these times of uncertainty, it sometimes more than ever helps to recognise inspirational achievements. Turning on the news today, I was generally awe struck by the efforts of the volunteers, the NHS and the MoD in the collaborative ...

During these times of uncertainty, it sometimes more than ever helps to recognise inspirational achievements. Turning on the news today, I was generally awe struck by the efforts of the volunteers, the NHS and the MoD in the collaborative delivery of the newly created field hospital, NHS Nightingale. The conversion of the colossal 1km long exhibition centre has been delivered in around a week and the idea was only conceived on the 21 March 2020! According to reports this is the largest ICU in the world!
A few stats:
- NHS Nightingale will be able to treat up to 4,000 patients with ventilator support at any one time, this covers 40 wards!
- At capacity it will be staffed by 16,000 inspirational people!
- Many people have been working 15 hour days to get the facility ready!
This demonstrates extraordinary team work which is made even more impressive given the current environment.
I was truly humbled by this and whilst I am nervous about Covid-19, this incredible achievement made me smile and give me hope.
In the words of Howard Schulz (Ex CEO of Starbucks and Philanthropist), “In times of adversity and change, we really discover who we are and what we’re made of.”
Wishing you and your families all the best, the team at Excel

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Message from Excel
30 March 2020

First of all the team at Excel ...

First of all the team at Excel Recruitment hope that you and your families are well and are managing to cope during these unprecedented and concerning times. This is a difficult time but we must all pull together and we firmly believe that we will.
Covid-19 has had a profound impact on all our lives and in this period of social distancing, the majority of us are working remotely from home or in shift patterns at work. Whilst we all strive to operate at 100%, for some due to the nature of their job, this is simply not practical or possible and this is despite the empowerment afforded by modern technologies.
If you find yourself with a little more availability during this uncertain period, we would like to outline that we are very much available to speak with existing and new candidates and should you wish to speak with us, we would be very happy to catch up by either telephone or Skype. As you would suspect, the recruitment market like most others has understandably slowed down but we are determined to use this period to ensure that when we come through this, we and are our candidates are ready to hit the ground running. 
Regardless, we sincerely wish you and your families the very best, take care and stay safe.

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Remote Working, Thank You Technology!
26 March 2020

Remote Working, Thank You Technology!

Starting remote working has triggered a memory to when I launched Excel 25 years ago. It dawned on me how the advent in continuous new technologies has enabled us to work from home. If Covid-19 ...

Remote Working, Thank You Technology!

Starting remote working has triggered a memory to when I launched Excel 25 years ago. It dawned on me how the advent in continuous new technologies has enabled us to work from home. If Covid-19 happened in 1994, it would have been crippling!

For example, we had no email but relied on efax, all CVs were efaxed, sent by post or hand delivered! The practicalities of doing this now, particularly under social distancing are clearly lacking and CVs are a vital part of our supply chain. Thank you email!

Another example, we used to pay our temporary staff by cheque on a Friday with large volumes of people patiently waiting for their weekly wages! Under social distancing how would we pay these people? Thank you online banking!

Further, we relied on a paper based filing system, all core information was held in cupboards. Under remote working this would be inaccessible. Thank you databases and the Cloud!

The growth in social media channels and online conferencing tools also enables the team to stay in contact seamlessly (great for morale) and also continue to engage with clients and candidates. Thank you Social Media!

Technology has provided the tools to operate remotely during these uncertain times and for that, I am incredibly appreciative.

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Coronavirus Update 19.3.2020
19 March 2020

During the current period of uncertainty concerning the pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the team at Excel ...

During the current period of uncertainty concerning the pandemic outbreak of the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the team at Excel would like to wish everyone our very best wishes. We recognise that many of our candidates, clients and other connected stakeholders will be either keeping social distance and for a smaller amount, entering into possible periods of self-isolation. This is indeed a challenging time and it is important that we try to ensure we keep regular contact with family, friends and colleagues utilising the technology that thankfully these days, we are fortunate to call upon.

For our part, our business response to the virus will be measured according to the latest advice of the health authorities. With this in mind, we are currently very much open for business but like many other organisations are implementing temporary measures in how we operate. Acting on advice related to social distancing, we are inviting all interactions wherever possible to be done remotely via mediums such as Skype, WhatsApp, LoopUp/Blue Jeans (etc.)  and of course… the good old fashioned telephone. Like many, we have family and friends that are considered higher risk so we are also alternating working from home in order to practise sensible social distancing and our approach to BCP enables us to do this.

These are unprecedented times but our focus is on continuing to work with candidates and clients alike through this period. Once again, we’d like to extend our very best wishes and are committed to working together to get through this.

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