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Cognitive Diversity

Cognitive Diversity

“If you’re constrained by classical, conventional wisdom on appointments in recruitment you’re never going to optimise the situation. You need people to bring different thought processes and challenge the system, you need a cognitive diversity”

Dave Brailsford

Far too often , in work , and in life – we seek out people that validate ourselves. We look for the familiar, the mirror image. We cultivate (very often unconsciously!) a culture of “groupthink”. Corporations have bought into the commercial proposition that a diversity of gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality improves our workforce. Yet all to often we overlook the diversity of thought that could truly innovate within our workplaces.

Cognitive diversity means breaking away from the perceived norm of thought process; defined as differences in perspective or information processing styles.

Cognitively diverse organisations are more genuinely inclusive and collaborative places to work.

Tech is a classic example; when looking at the companies who are now positively recruiting individuals with Aspergers or on the Autistic Spectrum. These are companies who have recognised the power of “difference” – and are using these differently wired brains to enhance performance and innovation.

We do tend to recruit in our own image – its human nature to want to fit in. But this functional bias slows the process of innovation and performance down. In a time of huge disruption – agility is critical to staying ahead. If all our talent is only able to think in one way – we reach an impasse. Teams of cognitively similar teams may be great while situations are stable – but our digital world isn’t waiting.

A First rate Madness by S. Nasser Ghaemi explores the differences further still – looking at Politcal leaders with a history of mental illness. So called “healthy” leaders such as Tony Blair operated well during politically stable times – but compare that with Churchill and the crisis after crisis that required a mind more able to change on a sixpence.

Tips for better Cognitive Diversity

Change your recruitment process:

If we always do what we always did… then we always get what we always got. A cliché – but valid. Cognitive diversity is a far less obvious recruitment challenge. Many people do not come into an interview situation expecting to show how different they are to the organisation they want to work for – so searching out cognitive diversity is an obstacle in itself. Corporations and recruiters must work together to ensure that job descriptions and interview processes seek out competencies of those who are willing and able to challenge groupthink. Seek out talent from different pools, look for the curious, the open minded, the insightful. Don’t look for the mirror image of the rest of the team!

Perhaps consider using a recruitment algorithm to help reduce some of the natural human bias – use a diverse group of people to interview

Be Yourself:

Management needs to change to show that authenicity is welcome here. Generate an inclusive culture that empowers learning from everyone. Debate welcome here – challenge welcome here. Status quo no longer relevant. A manager that can enable employees to truly express themselves will encourage cognitively diverse and collaborative teams

Active Promotion:

Organisations must actively practice what they preach and positively promote differences in thinking styles across the corporation. This needs to be factored into career development and progression to back up the culture of true human diversity in real terms. Reward innovators and encourage disruptive thinking

For further reading take a look here:

https://hbr.org/2017/03/teams-solve-problems-faster-when-theyre-more-cognitively-diverse

Teams Solve Problems Faster When They’re More Cognitively …

hbr.org

The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies – Scott Page

http://nonprofitprofessionals.com/2014/01/from-rhetoric-to-practice-recruiting-strategies-to-make-diversity-more-meaningful-in-your-organization/

Common Values

Common Values

With the departure of Oliver Robbins from Dexeu- the stage is set for some interesting times ahead.

The upheavals that seem to follow the government in relation to how we actually exit the EU shows no sign of abating – and with the alleged disagreements between David Davis and Oliver Robbins still rumbling – this most recent change in the strategists of Brexit shows that disagreement at the highest level has the capacity to throw yet more chaos into our exit discussions

And why should this link to a theme of common values??

Well – Britain voted against a shared vision. Rightly or wrongly remains to be seen – but tide of community spirit seems to be on the way out – in politics and in business.

Our nation, and others, are becoming increasingly disillusioned with togetherness, with community, with common values – and I believe this is bad for everyone.

The more we are only out for ourselves – the more disillusioned we feel. And its easier to blame others – to raise immigration and benefits as the culprits.

To blame a lack of “talent” for not being the best company..

But I believe its more basic than that.

A shared vision, a team – for whatever purpose is immensely satisfying. It provides a sense of fulfilment and motivation over and above monetary gains.

And perhaps this is where our zero working hours Britain is going wrong.

When a business (and a nation) are only thinking about whats in it for them – they breed suspicion and divisiveness.

When everyone is working together – great things are achieved.

Utopian ideals? Maybe so – but the sharing of a common mission / value can lead to places we have only dreamed of.

Take a look at the Best Places to work 2017 report… it makes for interesting reading. I am not seeing too many of those companies reporting the secret to success was winning the “war on talent”..

www.greatplacetowork.co.uk

Instead there are, time and again, reports of togetherness, shared culture, vision – being more than just a place to work!!

“Work has a moral and social significance. It gives us all a reason for being. It gives us dignity, pride and self-esteem” Mike Brown Chief Exec bdht

 

Common values are good for business – but they are more important for us as humans.

Lets use a shared value approach in more aspects of our lives – and see how “being in this together” is actually a better model for business.

Total Talent Management – Yet another TLA?

Total Talent Management – Yet another TLA?

So – it’s the latest in a long list of Recruitment Phraseology. Another TLA to add to our BS Bingo sheet…Or is it?

We have seen enough fads come and go. We have witnessed the Year of The Client.. and more recently the resurgence of the candidate.. and what this has led us to conclude – is that we STILL haven’t got the process right…..yet!

You see – in the world of employment – no one side should hold all the cards. The relationship between staff and corporation needs to be a mutually beneficial arrangement.

If one side is King – then the process is broken.

And this is where Total Talent Management comes in.

So What exactly is TTM?

The people you employ are your biggest asset. Your Talent.

What they do is critical to achieving organisational goals. It’s your biggest route to competitive advantage.

So – manage this… Invest in this…Make this your top priority.

Attract the most talented people…Keep them….Develop them

But of course it isn’t. We can all quote Enron as a glaring example

When we look at TTM – it needs to be truly holistic. At Enron – the staff were in possession of all the cards. Rewarding the Talent had become the overriding premise of the corporation. It had forgotten itself. It placed the needs of its staff ahead of the needs of customers and shareholders. It had stopped being a business. Talent will out… but not necessarily to the bottom line.

Enron took the brightest and best MBA’s that Harvard had to offer. On paper – these truly were the holy grail of the Talent war… but when the needs of the one outstrip the needs of the business there is a significant disconnect.

Total Talent Management is more than just hiring and retention. Its more than just staff.

We believe in stars – but we also believe in systems. A truly well managed company will have both. In order for a corporation to be successful it must coordinate the efforts and needs of many different people towards a business goal.

And this is TTM – a strategy designed to maximise the interdependence of company and employee to achieve a common objective. A shared agenda. Where individual brilliance and teams are aligned to the business strategy.

And when all this works – retaining and developing those talented individuals you hired in the first place becomes a whole lot easier!

Not your average Recruitment Company…

Not your average Recruitment Company…

Ruth Maskrey is our Senior Delivery Consultant. Ruth hails from sunny Stockport and prior to joining ISR spent her formative work life as a Soft Skill Systems Trainer and credits this as one of the keys to her success in the recruitment sector. Ruth is one of those rare individuals with an infectious personality who always has a smile on her face and a positive outlook, even in difficult situations. Ruth loves dealing with people, and is always committed to delivering outstanding service to everyone she interacts with and this comes across clearly to everyone who has the pleasure to speak with her!

Let’s see what Ruth had to say……..

 

  • WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = helping the candidates through their journey – knowing they have put the effort   and energy into the interviews, taken on board the preparation you have given them and then be offered the role J

Least = knowing a really good candidate has withdrawn from the process when it’s been a struggle to find somebody with the right skills

  • WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Candidate commitment

  • WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

Placing somebody in a role which took around 6 months from the start t to the end, the candidate relocated from Cheshire to London.  Met him recently and he loves his job and his family have settled into their new home

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

Managing staff / mentor

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

Market yourself, add more information on to your CV, be professional but friendly on the phone and don’t use the word “like!”

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

Be quicker with constructive feedback on why somebody isn’t right for the role

Tell us what you’re not looking for

  • LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Work life balance – knowing you have commitments but also knowing you have a role to fill

  • TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Trampolining – I used to compete before my kids were born and recently started going to an adult class – my mind says I can still do it but my body disagrees – brings back happy memories and my competitive streak!

Spinning – it’s a challenge every time I go, but so proud of myself for getting through the class alive

  • TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Liars

Lateness

  • WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

Que sera sera

  • WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Laying in a bubble bath watching Jeremy Kyle on YouTube

 

Contact Ruth on:

0161 972 4863
07463 071 240

 

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

Checking in as “Mr Smith”

 

Saxus Solutions is Mike Smiths’ 1st child – originally conceived back in 2003 – long before the 3 real children actually arrived on the scene.

Mike is a man with his own brand of work ethic. He works (and plays!) hard – and expects the same level of commitment from the team that he surrounds himself with. It was one of the major reasons why he chose to go it alone back in 2003. “I had fallen into recruitment almost by accident! Having spent 20 months overseas working in the fitness industry I returned to the UK without a clear plan. A friend introduced me to recruitment – and it turned out that working in fitness was a great grounding for sales. To get the best out of people in the Gym you need to find out what motivates them, their passions – and how to help them to keep going – turns out I am pretty good at finding out what makes people tick – and putting that to best effect”

Mike is a Sports Science graduate – and frequently has used sport as an analogy for business

It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters. – Paul “Bear” Bryant

But most of all – this is a man who works as hard for your careers as he does for his own. He firmly believes that everyone has the right to enjoy, achieve and be rewarded in their working lives.

 

  • What are the most enjoyable aspects of recruiting?

We get people work – hopefully good and fulfilling work – what a great thing to be doing!

  • What is the biggest challenge of the job?

Ironically – given that we are a recruitment agency, the hardest thing is to find the right people to work internally. We are trying to create more than just your average recruitment agency – and that means we are looking for exceptional people to work for Saxus. People that share our vision and passion for getting people not just any job, but THE job. And we want people working for us that feel the same way about their own jobs!

  • What has been your most memorable moment in the job?

There have been so many over the years that it’s difficult to choose one – so I won’t. Instead I will say – that the things I remember best are our repeat customers. Candidates and clients alike – that come back to us to find the right fit. And that’s because we have provided a memorable service for them. These are the bits I remember best – and there are a lot of them!! Must be doing something right!!!

  • Why a merger?

As we all know all too well – the economic climate over the last 6 or so years has been challenging at best. We aren’t an enormous agency – we value the personal touch. But that brings with it a different set of issues – and merging with a like-minded organisation has been the best way to capitalise on the now (hopefully continuing!)improving economy, and thereby enable us to continue offering our best in class service.

  • Why choose ISR to partner?

ISR was the natural choice – I have known Iain personally for 20 years – I know how hard he works and how committed he is. We share a similar background – and we definitely share the same vision.

  • Where do you see IS Recruitment / SAXUS Solutions in 10 years??

As a highly respected services company that offers a diverse set of solutions, throughout Europe!

  • Any top tips for candidates?

Easy – Preparation! It’s critical! We can help with this!!

  • Any top tips for clients?

Hire for potential. By that I mean look for those candidates that show a willingness and ability – but necessarily all the current correct skills. Think long term. If a candidate can already do everything then where do they go? If you can take the right attitude and develop it – you may have a total career match!

  • What is your advice for anyone looking for a career in recruitment?

Take a long term view and make sure your success is by design and not through luck. Design a process that works for you, understand your business and do not focus on the money. If you focus on the service, the financial and personal rewards will come!

  • How do you maintain balance?

This is a difficult one, and one we all need to work at constantly. I love my job – and I think it’s really important for my kids to see me work hard and be happy doing so. That said – I also have to remember to evaluate all my opportunities. There may be another time to have a meeting – but my kids will only ever have one 1st day of starting school. It’s about working smarter these days. Use the advances in technology to our advantage, make the time count – and that gives you the opportunity to ensure that there is a balance.. but it’s tricky.. perhaps the best advice is to turn the work mobile off for at least some of your weekend… down time does make you more productive..

  • Life’s biggest challenge?

Not checking your work emails all weekend!! What was that I said about balance?!

  • Two hobbies – and why??

Running – I have run track all my life and have really enjoyed getting back into it again as a “veteran” athlete. I love the challenge, it keeps me fit and is a great way to let off steam

Reading and Learning. Not something I would ever have considered as a hobby at school – but I am now a voracious reader. I am also studying for a Masters Degree in Social Anthropology – and the reason why we do the things we do is fascinating. There are books everywhere in our house – from the dodgy chick lit (my wife NOT me!) to Foucault to “the Tiger who came to Tea”. I am hoping that my kids will also learn to love learning – just because you can rather than necessarily to pass a test!

  • Two pet hates and why?

Liars – I can deal with most things – but people who try to squirm out things by lying don’t go down well. We all screw up – it’s how you deal with it that makes the difference!

Mess… interestingly none of us in my family are great at being tidy – yet we all hate mess… There is obviously a solution that we haven’t figured out yet.. But I would love to be better at sorting the chaos of a home with 3 young kids!

  • What’s one quote that you live your life by??

Play the Hand you are dealt!!

Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.

  • What is your guilty pleasure?

I am lucky in that my life is full of experiences that give me pleasure. As for a guilty one…..if it made me feel guilty I probably would not do it…either that or I just do not have a conscience!!

And so there you have it – Mr Smith. A man who genuinely believes that excellence is a direct result of always trying to do better. And in that respect – we can all achieve excellence – just keep on keeping on!!

 

Contact Mike at:

Saxus
45 Beech St
London
EC2Y 8AD

TEL: 0207 953 9760
FAX: 0207 593 9764

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

MEET OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER

 

The IS Recruitment team is continuing to grow to meet the increasing needs of our clients and we are excited to announce that we’ve added a new member to our team. Emma Lloyd joins us as a Senior Consultant. Emma has spent the last 12 years, providing Change and Transformation recruitment & consultancy services to various sectors particularly within the financial services arena.  Emma’s direct and personal style, has allowed her to develop long lasting business relationships over the years, most of which are still ongoing.

Having represented her county & country she is particularly proud to have a World Team Championship and World Individual title to her name at the Mounted Games. Emma has developed a sense of discipline and dedication which she applied to her career and credits this as one of the reasons for her success.

Let’s see what Emma had to say further;

 

  • WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = People and relationships are the best part of my job.

Least = I find it so hard to see really great people who are out of work lose their self-belief.

  • WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Not enough hours in the day!

 

  • WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

I have been really lucky to work on some complex Change & Transformation programmes over the last decade.  I can’t single just one moment out, but I get a real sense of pride from my candidates or consultants from a week, month, year or decade ago delivering high impact change.

 

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

In an ideal world opening an office for ISR in Barbados!

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

It is really important to take the time to get your submission right first time – there are rarely second chances!  Work with your recruitment consultant to understand the role, culture and the clients’ goals before preparing your resume & additional information.

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

It’s really important that the right balance is found between the delivery requirements of the business against procurement/HR’s drive to reduce recruitment spend. Once the right recruitment/resource partner has been selected then open & honest communication throughout the process is paramount.

 

  • LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Utilising your time properly, it is so easy to get caught up in the ‘trivial’ that you miss what is really important.

 

  • TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Horses have been a huge part of my life and I am really grateful for the opportunities I have been given; I’m particularly proud of representing my county, region & country in a number of disciplines.

 

I’m a sports fan in general but I’m an MUFC girl (tricky when my boss is a blue).

 

  • TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Traffic jams and ‘Middle-lane hogs’ – I spend far too much time sat in traffic jams and a lot of these could be avoided if only people could drive properly!

 

  • WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

Go hard or go home!

 

  • WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Taylor Swift!

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

Michael O’Leary is our resident Insurance and Wealth Management Consultant here at Saxus; he has been with the organisation since 2011 after studying in Computing and Management at Loughborough University, which has enabled him to have a deeper understanding of IT Recruitment and the latest technologies. Michael plays an integral role in the team here at Saxus having worked on all areas of the business over the last 4+ years covering the full project lifecycles and numerous technologies (.NET being the most prominent).

Michael prides himself on getting to know both his candidates and clients personally to ensure that the optimum level of service is delivered consistently. He doesn’t just know technical people – he actually knows what those people do.

Let’s see what Michael had to say…

WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = Helping people into work / that ideal job

Least = Candidates that don’t turn up to arranged interviews/then dodge all efforts which is made to contact them.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Changing the somewhat tainted opinion of the stereotypical ‘recruiter’. in doing so, opening up clients eyes to better ways of working

 

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

Placing your first candidate is always up there

 

WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

Who knows!?

 

ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

In-depth interview preparation – looking at the company website is very veneer and everybody does that. More is needed in order to stand out from the rest.

 

ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

Feedback – whether good or bad is always key!

 

LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Not enough hours in the day

 

TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Fitness – Personally a healthy lifestyle and exercise plays a pivotal role in my life

Football – has been since a very young age

 

TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Plug socket switches ‘on’ & not off

People using ‘like’ as a fill word

 

WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

 “Speak how you wish to be spoken to, Treat people how you want to be treated”

 

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

Farley’s rusks! :)

Not your average Recruitment Company

Not your average Recruitment Company

THIS MONTH WE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOU TO OUR TEAM ADMINISTRATOR HOLLIE MARTIN.

As ISR’s Team Administrator, Hollie is command central and keeps us all organised. And while we could speak of her gazillion daily accomplishments, we’ll just cut to the chase and simply state that her multi-tasking abilities is simply superhuman.

If there was a competition for managing multiple activities from several phone conversations, whilst simultaneously engaging with people at her desk, solving scheduling conflicts, fixing the printer, preparing reports, processing payments, invoices and generally keeping the team happy we are confident Hollie would take the prize.

Along with her practical, common sense and willingness to help all who ask, Hollie also possesses a wonderful (& necessary) sense of humour.

Let’s see what Hollie had to say

 

  • WHAT ARE THE MOST/LEAST ENJOYABLE ASPECTS OF RECRUITING?

Most = seeing how happy the recruiters are when they have helped a candidate get a job.

Least = When a candidate is unsuccessful in their interview.

 

  • WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF THE JOB?

Making sure contractors get their timesheets in on time.

 

  • WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT IN THE JOB?

Putting together our ‘Grand Opening and 10 year anniversary’ event.

 

  • WHERE DO YOU SEE Your Career IN 10 YEARS?

Hopefully managing an admin team

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CANDIDATES?

Always spell check your C.V and plan your journey to your interview to make sure you won’t be late.

 

  • ANY TOP TIPS FOR CLIENTS?

The more information we receive, the better service we can provide.

 

  • LIFE’S BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

Juggling work whilst being a mum to two children, with one going through terrible twos.

 

  • TWO HOBBIES – AND WHY?

Taking the kids out on days out and dancing in shows such as musicals and pantomimes.

 

  • TWO PET HATES AND WHY?

Rudeness and people being petty – just because it’s not nice.

 

  • WHAT’S ONE QUOTE THAT YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE BY?

YOLO

 

  • WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?

All reality T.V

Facing the challenge head on – how confrontation can actually resolve a conflict

Facing the challenge head on – how confrontation can actually resolve a conflict

Females are traditionally seen as the peacemakers – and the least confrontational, so perhaps my take on the subject of difficult colleagues may be seen as a little odd. But bear with me… a little argument goes a long way!!

With the female population making up an ever increasing proportion of the workplace – the traditionally male “competitive” method of conflict resolution is becoming less popular. Women tend towards a more compromising and less aggressive based solution. And to a certain extent – that’s all well and good – as long as the compromise is genuine and works towards a real co-operation.

But with different conflict resolution styles – comes more difficulties.There is a reason why “Men are from Mars” was such a runaway best seller! So do I believe that there are more “difficult colleagues” than before.. No… but I do believe that men and women in the workforce need to look towards a different conflict resolution approach in order to get the best out of all of us.

Given the Election Fever that is gripping the nation – I feel it’s appropriate to use a political example today! Mo Mowlam MP was a woman in a man’s world – handling many significantly challenging situations head on. She was renowned for meeting things head on, directly, personally and with no hidden agendas. She didn’t hide from conflict – she embraced it – and used the subsequent genuine negotiations to bring about effective change. The Northern Ireland peace process owes a lot to her straight talking attitude.

Conflict Avoidance leads to Conflict Escalation. Avoiding disagreement is virtually impossible in all areas of life – not just work! It’s the things left unsaid that tend to cause the biggest issues.

So these are my suggestions for tackling personal issues in the workplace:

When you find yourself faced with a colleague you find challenging, don’t avoid the situation. Making like an ostrich is not a potential solution. Being calm, rational and objective is!  Consider what you want to achieve from your “confrontation” carefully – and also consider where and when to actually deal with the problem. In front of all your other colleagues wouldn’t be a wise choice for instance! You also need to leave your own emotions at the door, this is a negotiation situation; blame and judgemental behaviour have no place here.

At the beginning of the conversation it’s always worth pointing out what you do currently agree on. Try and have a clear strategy for your negotiation: what is the ideal outcome? What would you like to accomplish from a conversation with your colleague? Is the purpose actually a useful and supportive one?

Remember that you must treat your colleague as an equal  – but don’t be afraid to assert yourself. Make sure you are ready to engage in “constructive conflict”

Taking some time to speak to trusted friends and colleagues can also be useful. But avoid the tendency to gossip.Be factual not personal. They may have a different point of view to your own that may be helpful!

For me, the biggest issue in dealing with difficult colleagues and/or situations – is the unknown.The more you dwell on a problem the bigger it can become. Emotions can get brought into situations – that are really just challenges to be overcome – and exacerbate situations. Invariably there will be people who you find challenging at work (and vice versa!!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to work productively alongside them in a professional manner.

Things may not change overnight – and negotiations may need re-visiting several times, but a calm, rational yet confrontational problem solving approach is far more likely to achieve genuine results than a compromise falsely offered or a dose of competitive masochism…

Three Heads are Better than One

Three Heads are Better than One

This has been a very exciting week for us here at Saxus Solutions – as you may have seen in the latest Industry news – we have finally been able to share the details of the merger between Saxus Solutions and IS Recruitment (ISR)! -Official Press Release

Like all good relationships – they take time to build – and we have obviously been rehearsing away behind the scenes – ready for the Curtain Call on our “First Night”. And it’s here – and we are out there, ready to (hopefully !) receive the accolades for a performance done well.

A little more “personal” history of this merger if I may…

ISR and Saxus Solutions both were born from a desire to do things differently, to make recruitment less of a dirty word. Iain Brassell and I have known each other for many years – having both served out our recruitment “apprenticeships” together  at what was then, probably, one of the best technical recruitment agencies in the world. It gave us both an excellent grounding as to what can be achieved – and also the desire to offer a more personal service in the end.

Both Iain and I then decided to take these excellent beginnings and turn them, respectively into Saxus Solutions (2003) and ISR (2005). Between Iain and me alone we have nearly 40 years experience in Recruitment – and we like to think that this shows positively in what we bring to you, our clients.

A good business partnership is a lot like marriage (and frequently can take up more time!!) so it’s vital that not only are your business interests in sync, but that you actually have respect for your Business Partner.

Our third Director, Simon Mattock, also brings a wealth of recruitment experience with him. Simon originally joined ISR as a result of a chance reunion at a Charlatans gig at The Apollo Theatre in Manchester over seven years ago. Simon had worked with both myself and Iain prior to this and he expressed a desire similar to ours; to work with a new model of recruitment that was focused on direct business relationships and professional working practice. He was immediately attracted by ISR’s culture, vision and ability to deliver in Technical Recruitment. Based on these similar views and opinions, Simon came on board and launched our first “non-IT” specific practice, managing a team of six Recruitment and Delivery Consultants. His success and commitment made him a natural choice for appointment to the Board of Directors.

So musical tastes aside, that’s the major reason why IS Recruitment and Saxus Solutions are such a great fit. We have a shared vision and values, we have extensive experience in our industries, and we know each other’s work ethics. We have already got an effective communication strategy! Our Specialities are complementary – and our increased UK and global presence gives us better access to the talent pool.

We truly believe that 3 heads are better than one – provided the goals and company culture match up! By merging 2 companies with a strong desire to offer the best there is in terms of service – we are strengthening our ability to deliver. This merger adds depth to our offerings – and we truly believe that you will see the difference!

Full “official details” regarding the merger – can be found here -Official Press Release

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