We’re moving fully remote!
Earlier this year we made the difficult decision to move out of Grand Pavilion, both CML and Nova’s home for most of our combined 16-year history, to move into fancy, brand new office accommodation at The Grove. We spent several months working with architects and office designers on the plans and everyone was excited about the move.
I don’t need to tell you what happened in the meantime, but it begins with CO and ends with VID. Suffice it to say that the level of excitement about working in almost any office space reduced significantly and, at the same time, a three-month-long natural experiment in working from home was foisted upon us.
Naturally, this led to a re-assessment of our office space needs and in turn to a discussion with the 24 members of our CML and Nova teams about how they wanted to work. The results of our surveys and discussions were unequivocal: the overwhelming majority of our people both preferred to work from home and believed that they were at least as productive, if not more.
Having already made one big decision on office space this year, our management committee was now faced with another. Should we go ahead with a major investment in fancy new office space, even though it was both unpopular with staff and likely to reduce overall productivity? Well, when you put it like that…
To be clear, we’re not yet ready to abandon the idea of having an office altogether. But seeing as we’d already given notice to Grand Pavilion, spent three months getting comfortable working from home and been busier than ever in nearly all areas of the business… we thought, why not give staying-put a try?
So we’re just here to let you know we haven’t gone out of business. Far from it – the last three months have been the busiest time most of us have had in ten years! We’ve on-boarded new HR and payroll clients, placed dozens of candidates in administrative, financial services, IT and executive roles, continued to help clients navigate the ever-shifting landscape of immigration regulations AND launched a new Career Coaching service that was quickly over-subscribed by 300%. And we did it all without leaving the house.
Of course, our business isn’t all about our own people, it’s also about providing exceptional service to you, our clients and community. And so we’re keen to hear from you about any concerns or questions you have. Please feel free to call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or any member of the team, if you have any questions or comments.
If you’re wondering where to deliver things to, you’re not alone, but you almost are. 😀 In three months, among the entire team, we received only two physical deliveries. Now that immigration has moved to accepting everything electronically, we’d love to join them. If you want to meet up, we’d be delighted to save you a commute by using Zoom – meetings are more discrete and less time consuming that way anyway – or we’d be happy to come to you.
And if you don’t have an office either, there’s always Starbucks. And to prove we’re not just doing this to save a bit of money, we’ll even get your coffee.
Thanks for understanding and we look forward to continuing to serve you and to seeing you in person soon.