Sheffield recruitment firm goes digital to beat coronavirus and save jobs

A Sheffield recruitment company has ‘gone digital’ almost overnight to come through the corona crisis with jobs, income and business intact.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 11:45 am

Gradconsult has moved its nine-strong team over to home working, developed new digital material for clients, run employer training webinars and run virtual assessments for 110 candidates.

Managing director Rebecca Fielding said the team had responded rapidly to unprecedented challenges and worked to keep the business going through the likely tough months ahead.

She added: “I am incredibly proud of our creative, pro-active team. Their response to this situation has been nothing short of astounding. We are determined to make it through this crisis together, with our jobs, incomes and business intact.”

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Gradconsult staff now work from home.

Gradconsult helps small firms find graduates through assessment events. And despite the virtual versions being new, they were pleased to receive approving feedback.

Ms Fielding was seated on a flight within close proximity of one of the earliest confirmed cases in the UK several weeks ago. There were also ‘significant personal impacts’ across the team and the challenges were more than just commercial ones.

“This virus has affected us personally earlier than most. We are a kind, thoughtful and close-knit team, whose support for one another so far has been invaluable.”

The Gradconsult team also has plans to socialise digitally to keep spirits up during social distancing. These include virtual team coffee catch ups, drinks at the virtual #teamGC ‘pub’ (where everyone is actually having a beer at home!), quizzes, silent discos (with everyone dancing at home to a shared play list), shared youtube yoga classes and cook offs.

Gradconsult staff working from home.