Change is a constant in life. No matter how hard one tries to fight it, change always wins in the end. The last two years were fraught with unexpected adjustments that pushed humans to the brink of their physical and emotional well-being. And despite our best efforts to fast-track a vaccine, impose safety restrictions, and create assistance programs, the unpredictability of the future persists. But, we shouldn’t fear the ambiguity of what might happen. Instead, we need to learn to accept, adapt, and improve from it.
Launched a year after the 2008 global financial crisis, Recruit Action is no stranger to uncertainty. The adversity Founding Partner Francois Paiement faced during the company’s first year of existence taught him that living is increasingly difficult when we fail to embrace the shifts in work and life. Over the last decade, the Recruit Action team has evolved into steadfast support for countless companies and candidates. The organization’s commitment to helping clients grow from unexpected circumstances has never ceased.
The Recruit Action partners have worked hard to instill a team principle based on the idea that how you handle change determines your success. The company reinforces this notion with every challenge it approaches. For example, like most businesses, Recruit Action had to adapt to a remote working environment during the pandemic. According to a recent study piloted by Qualtrics, SAP, and Mind Share Partners, 44% of the employees surveyed that had to work remotely said their mental health declined significantly. However, the Recruit Action partners understood the possible impact of working remotely, so they wasted no time implementing a creative solution.
Partner, Domenic Calcara, asked his trainer, Tom Begue, if he would be willing to craft a virtual session for the Recruit Action employees. Domenic believed a consistent group exercise program could improve morale, cultivate team connectivity, and strengthen his employees’ physical and mental well-being. Tom Begue loved the idea and quickly got to work designing a fun exercise program for the team. Partners Francois and Kristyn also embraced their Partner’s idea. For Francois, “every contact we had with the employee was about work, and we needed to find another reason to connect.”
While the first session took a while to work out the virtual kinks, the plan was a smashing success. The Recruit Action employees loved their twice-a-week group workouts, and the experience helped the team elevate their spirits and forget about isolation. For Kristyn, the solution showed that “no matter how busy we are, we always make time for a mental break.” So, when summer came, the partners decided to take the summer off and see if the team wanted to start the program up in the Fall. The response was a resounding, “Yes!” The team committed to the strategy and had fun working to be physically and mentally stronger together.
The prolific Russian writer Leo Tolstoy once stated, “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.” Tolstoy’s life was full of unforeseen, traumatic events that shaped his work and how he lived his life. We all can weather the sudden deviations from our plans when we acknowledge that change is inevitable. The job candidates that Recruit Action supports fear changing jobs, losing security, rejection, and regret. But, we can alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with uncertainty by learning to accept, adapt, and improve from whatever happens. The Recruit Action team had to respect the restricted working environment, adapt to the distance, and find a way to strengthen their connections despite the limitations. But throughout the entire process, the Recruit Action partners concentrated on providing consistent support and creative steps to achieve the desired results. Whether you are finding a job, changing jobs, or struggling with the anxiety of change, please contact Recruit Action to discover how our experienced team can provide a supportive human approach to prepare for whatever lies ahead.