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During the Easter period, at Wote Street People it makes us think of the green shoots of spring, rebirth, and of course, lighter evenings. Not forgetting the delicious side of Easter… chocolate eggs, hot cross buns… *drools*

The celebration of all things green around this time precedes Christianity, with the Vernal Equinox being celebrated when day and night reach an equal 12 hours each. In fact, rather than on the anniversary of the crucifixion of Christ, Easter was set on the first Sunday after the full moon following the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere. This was a clever marketing tactic employed when the Romans were converting Europe to Christianity. They’d done their homework.

One thing is certain and that is that the light nights bring a more positive outlook. And for us at Wote Street People, the new financial year on the 5th April brings new budgets to be spent – all is right with the world. Well at least for a few days anyhow.

However, not all new ideas brought to our shores have been marketed as successfully.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved the beginning of our year from April 1st to January 1st. Although it was proclaimed throughout the land, many people still celebrated New Year’s Day on April 1st. Because they weren’t aware of the change, they were perceived as fools. And this was how April Fool’s Day came about.   This also explains why the financial year starts in April. Not because accountants are fools (far from it), but because our calendar year used to start in April.

April is a time when many companies look for those green shoots. Looking forward to a new year in business, with new budgets and planning how to forge a way forward. One way is to bring in new recruits with new ideas and maybe think more Roman than Pope Gregory.

If you are looking to bring in new recruits, think Roman and do your research. Make sure you understand the culture of the department that needs them. How easily will they be able to fit in with the rest of your team? If changes need to be made, how can you make the transition smoother?

Don’t do a Gregory and pick someone and just hope for the best. Only chaos and havoc will ensue. Potentially even an employment tribunal. Should you decide to work with a recruiter, invite them into your company, show them how you want to grow and allow them to network with candidates on your behalf.  Show them why people should be flocking to work for your company.

Wote Street People is a recruitment agency in Basing View that can help you do this with our workstyle profiling tools. Understanding the person you need in your vacancy, we make sure that you find the right person to fit into your business and keep the transition smooth.

Contact us today if you are looking for the right staff to join your team – 01256 799127 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk.

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