Having a personal interest in continuous learning, and a commitment to one’s own development is an important characteristic that we look for in people within the Nicoll Curtin Group. As the Learning & Development Director, it is obviously part of my responsibility to support everyone on their learning journeys and inspire them on to better things.
Alongside our induction training modules, the further development programmes, our online learning engagement platform, internal subject matter experts, and external performance coaches, I regularly publish short “Trainer’s Top Tips”, usually focussed on some element of recruitment or how to maximise our systems or a technique for our consultants to use in their day-to-day.
Following a meeting with a coach/advisor, who works with some of our management team, I was inspired to send a slightly different “top tip” as a departure from the ‘norm’. It was on ‘The 6 Pillars of Health’, clearly focussed more on personal well-being than on something that might help with the day job.
Quite contrary to the usual responses (or lack thereof) to my recruitment “top tips”, I received a flood of positive and appreciative responses! Of course, I valued the responses, and quickly realised that people are interested in so much more than just the intricacies and complications of the ‘day job’. Every consultant in the Nicoll Curtin Group is committed to doing their job as well as possible; solving all of our clients’ problems. However, it is important that the leadership team within the organisation continue to live our core value of putting “People First” and nurture not only their recruiting skills but also them as people.
During our selection process, we increasingly hear applicants ask about our provisions for training and development, and more of our top performers approach me to request some time with our wellbeing and performance coach. Our professional and relatively mature-for-their-age recruiters clearly recognise the correlation between having a healthy mind, body, and lifestyle outside of work, and how that can impact their performance and positivity inside of work. Back when I started in recruitment I don’t remember myself or my peers taking an interest in such matters, so perhaps it is a ‘generational thing’, but it’s important for an organisation to recognise the changing needs of their people and iterate to support them where possible.
Given my many years’ of experience in recruitment, I shall obviously remain focused on developing recruitment expertise across our businesses but, feeding our people’s appetite for wellbeing and personal development is something that I have a personal interest in and shall continue to do… Anything for people to ‘Like’ my Top-Tip emails!