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What flexible working means to me

Charlotte John - Flexible Working

Article posted by Charlotte John

Flexible working is a such a hot topic, talked about by our clients and candidates on a daily basis.

Personally, I am a huge fan of working in the office. For me, it is so important to sit with our consultants, understand what theirs and our clients’ challenges are, support them when needed with client meetings and brainstorm solutions for our clients. In addition to this, it also allows us to support our less experienced colleagues. Personally, I learnt to be a good recruiter by sitting in the office listening to other good recruiters, picking up what works and what doesn’t. I would not have progressed to the position I am in today without that on-the-job training and collaboration.

Fast forward 17 years and I am now a mother of two young boys and could not be more grateful for being in a world that allows for more flexible working. Today I am sat on the terrace at our holiday apartment, both my husband and I are working whilst we have some help with the children. I’ve had a few holidays already this year and need to keep on top of a few things whilst I am away, but I get to enjoy this lovely view and have a bite to eat and a dip in the pool with the boys at lunch. I just get to be around them during the summer holiday.

Back in London I usually try to spend three days a week in the office and two days working from home. This not only saves on some travel time, but allows me to have breakfast and dinner with the boys and be at home for the necessary supermarket delivery. It takes a little pressure off the working week and leaves a bit more time for fun at the weekends. I’m very grateful to have this flexibility.

But I don’t think everyone has found that balance yet. There is still a disconnect between what our candidates want and what our clients need between working in the office and working from home. I think it can be incredibly challenging to create a flexible work policy that works for all. It is more about creating an inclusive and supportive environment whilst understanding that key deliverables need to be met and allowing for some things to be done in person and other things to be done from the peace and quiet of your home office (if you are lucky enough to have one).

The flexibility I am given at Cobalt allows me to continue in a tough but fulfilling role whilst still having time to spend with my family. It is not only a fabulous initiative to support working mothers but also great for my mental health and wellbeing. I hope others will find a balance that works for them soon.

I am responsible for creating solutions to support our clients across all their resourcing needs, from finding good candidates to supporting on D&I and mental health and wellbeing initiatives. If you would like to chat about this further, then please do get in touch.