Having never even heard of the term ‘furlough’ before, realisation started to set in at the possibilities my new career could be coming to an end. As having only started my journey with Quest 6 weeks prior to the lockdown, uncertainty and fear was present, questions started to arise: Would I still have a job? How will I retain the knowledge I’ve picked up in my early weeks with Quest? Will I still be part of the team when things go back to normal?
These are questions I suppose all ‘furloughed’ employees ask themselves within these unprecedented times. Personally and professionally, there is constant ambiguity and insecurity. Luckily, for myself, the questions I asked myself on the 23rd March have been answered due to the amazing support system I have around me.
Sarah has been brilliant within this time, although she has been incredibly busy, going above and beyond for Quest’s clients. She has always been readily available to answer any concerns I have and provide guidance around my home studies to ensure I come back to the office a stronger, more confident advisor. Helen and Aidan have both reached out to me offering support with my studies and assuring me they’re both their to help regardless of their busy schedules. Amy has created team quizzes in her own time to ensure that on a Friday afternoon the team can catch up on a social level, ensuring that the team bond is kept throughout these distant times.
Within my personal situation, I am also lucky to have amazing an amazing family, group of friends and boyfriend who have reassured and kept me positive throughout the past few weeks.
Although it is easy in my situation, so early on in my HR career to see ‘furloughed’ as a negative. I believe it has made me extremely appreciative for what I have… Time to work on my CIPD which will in turn make a stronger advisor, a better understanding of what is important (friends, family and health) and the importance of WORK. All these realisations I believe will make me a better employee, friend and individual when this all comes to an end.
I am incredibly eager to resume my career in HR and get back into work. I’m incredibly thankful for the people I have around me at this time and would like to offer my support to anyone who is struggling with the prospect of furlough. My messages are always open to chat.
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