Today, Eames turns 18.
Typically, birthdays are a time for reflection on the things we have achieved, the successes we shared together, and challenges we have faced, and learned from. This year, it seems impossible to reflect on the past 12 months without noting what an unexpected year 2020 has been for us all.
I remember very clearly the day I signed the lease on our first office in Hammersmith and employed the first of two colleagues. Starting the business with an empty database, but a very clear vision of how I felt recruitment should be done properly. Over the years, growing to four overseas offices and a business with over 140 talented, driven and passionate colleagues, an impressive list of clients and a large number of strong and long-standing relationships with people around the world.
First and foremost, I am forever grateful to all of #TeamEames for their steadfastness in meeting the challenges Covid-19 brought head on. Thank you for the hard work, the sacrifices, the resilience and the drive to see this through to the other side. You have exceeded my expectations and I am extremely proud of you all.
Although these have been incredibly difficult times, they are an important reminder that what we do can make a big difference in people’s lives. Clients count on us to help them find talent to grow their businesses and candidates turn to us to help them find fulfilling work, and we are fortunate to be able to play a key role in this process.
The past 12 months, we’ve hired actuaries that are creating models on the future projections and trends of the virus. We’ve hired brokers and underwriters that are dealing with a surge in demand for insurance cover. We’ve hired accountants that are helping businesses balance the books after unplanned losses. We have hired financial experts who are helping many people impacted by Covid secure their financial future, protect their savings, and access financial support. We have hired cyber-security experts who are helping businesses respond to evolving cyber challenges. We have hired developers and IT professionals to keep business online as user volumes surge with the worlds’ working population at home.
The work we do is important.
The recruitment sector will continue to play a significant role in the post-Covid world. Over the coming months, it will be increasingly important for companies to exercise care and caution in their hiring practices, and we will be there to help them adopt new technologies such as video interview and virtual onboarding and embracing flexible and remote workforces. Employment rates are forecasted to drop considerably in some economies, and we will play a pivotal role in mobilising the workforce again.
Whilst it is important to reflect on where we’ve been, today, I am focused much more on our future. The road ahead is exciting but it’s also a challenging one with the recruitment world evolving faster than it ever has done.
To maintain our leading position, we must remain true to our values. The importance of partnerships has never been more prevalent than it is in today’s recruitment market. Clients and candidates will be looking back at the relationships that helped support them through this time, and it’s our responsibility to ensure they can turn to Eames, and trust that we are there to deliver.
I couldn’t be more excited for the future. We’ve been quick to embrace flexibility with our workforce; we have and will continue to invest in technology, and we have built a solid foundation to continue to drive our business forward.
Thank you for playing your part and I’m looking forward to the rest of the journey with you all.
Happy Birthday, Eames.