As the newest member of the Collingwood Executive Search team and with my first month coming to an end, I thought it would be a great time to look back and see how my first 4 weeks here have gone, with my onboarding process being slightly different to standard.

I joined Collingwood a month ago as a researcher from a recruitment background, and was excited to start, meet the team, and learn a new industry. Also a new way of working was interesting as I have come from a contingency background, rather than a retained recruitment background. My first day went without hiccup, I went into the office and met a few of the team members face to face, and the rest via a weekly teams call. I was presented with my welcome pack, giving me a breakdown of how my first couple of weeks were going to look, this was helpful as it’s daunting enough starting a new role and not knowing what to expect, so this took away the worry of what I would be doing away, especially during my first week.

The first two days went really well meeting the rest of team via one-on-one calls, and then afterwards at home playing in the garden with my children everything changed! I fell and broke my wrist!! One of my first thoughts was how am I going to explain this is to my line manager…. Well, I shouldn’t have worried at all, the support I had from not only my line manager but the whole team from that moment was amazing.  A new plan had to be created  for the rest of my onboarding process as I was unable to drive into the office. This changed from me going into the office for 2 days a week as planned, to working fully remotely at home, until I was able to drive again. What was great were the team calls we had during this time, which made me still feel part of the team and helped me settle in.

It was a big change going from working in the office 5 days a week in my previous role, to 2 days in an office and then to a fully remote role! I did feel fairly isolated even with all of the support and having voiced this to help me feel less isolated, one of my colleagues picks me up from home and drives me into the office once a week, meaning I have the interaction with the team again.

It’s so nice to work for a company who are so adaptable and will do what they can to make you feel part of the team and welcomed, even though I had been with the company such a short amount of time. Here at Collingwood Executive Search mindfulness is a big part of our culture and this has been shown not only by the amount of support I have received to ensure I don’t feel isolated while having to work remotely but also throughout the whole onboarding experience.