Last week was incredibly inspirational for me, and not only because Sunday was International Women’s Day. I spent Tuesday and Wednesday attending a Mental Health First Aid course in Basingstoke, courtesy of Neil Perry Mental Health. It was noticeable that all delegates were women and I hope future events attract a more equal gender split – mental health wellbeing is essential to everyone.
They invited 90 female students, volunteers and teachers to attend a seminar at the Apollo Hotel with the aim of inspiring young women to believe in themselves, consider a wide range of career opportunities and build positive networks as well as finding support. And I must say… it most definitely was thought-provoking for us all.
Being of a certain age and having lived and worked through the 80s, 90s etc, there’s no question that equality has improved and there are many more opportunities for women; but there’s always room for improvement.
The fight for gender equality as far as pay is concerned, is still ongoing in some sectors and it’s clear that physical gratification is still seen as currency in some industries, in order to progress #metoo.
We should be empowering any industry sector that feels under-represented, giving voice to the underdog and making workplaces more diverse. At Wote Street People, we are always searching the widest possible pool of candidates to ensure we get the best person for the role and company.
I could reel off a list of celebrities and well-known wonder women, but, the women who inspire me most are my daughters. Two of whom returned to further education in their 20’s and now hold a master’s degree and PhD. My step-daughter, who although bullied at school, fought her way through to build a career in the film and TV industry.
All women should be celebrated – those who won’t be pushed down, who fight for their rights, who love their families and generally make the world a safer/better place for everyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability.
Written by our Operations Director, Maxine Hart.0
Anthony has been on the books of Wote Street People, a recruitment agency in Basingstoke, for over 12 years. We’ve placed him in temporary jobs, permanent jobs, and he’s found jobs himself…but he always comes back to us. By telling his story, we hope other candidates will be able to see how much we invest[…..]
As mentioned in our previous blog, there is currently a widespread candidate shortage and we need your help to match the right people to the right jobs. What has a candidate shortage got to do with me? Worker shortages will affect everyone at a personal, local and national level. The pandemic and people self-isolating proved[…..]
Why did the chicken cross the road? There wasn’t a lorry driver available to give it a lift. You’ve probably heard the news reports of a partial closure of the restaurant chain Nando’s and fewer dishes on the menu at KFC. Turkey might be off the menu for some this Christmas too because of a[…..]
3 ways working with a trusted recruitment agency can help minimise your candidate shortage dilemma. Wote Street People contributes data to The Jobs Report, issued monthly industry by KMPG & REC. Last month’s findings made for interesting reading for HR Managers and Directors currently trying to recruit new staff. Here’s a few snippets: Job vacancies[…..]
The way you register with a recruitment agency may have changed since the pandemic. But one thing sure hasn’t – don’t send us your CV in the first instance. Just pick up the phone and call us! But before you do that… there is some prep you need to do yourself. You spend much of[…..]