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Christmas 2016 at Service Care Solutions!

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There has been an abundance of festive cheer at Service Care Solutions during the Christmas period which has been more than a relief to me as I had unfortunately used all my annual leave by the time December arrived! The festivities began with the company Christmas do on the 16th December which was held at Blackpool Tower ballroom. On the night I remember being very impressed by the lavish Victorian interior of the ballroom and the Christmas day inspired menu we received, but not so much by the questionable dance moves from certain members of the company! We also all took part in the annual (not very) ‘Secret Santa’ tradition which occurs every December at SCS. Our building definitely looked a lot more Christmassy once the presents we had bought one another had been excitedly placed underneath the Christmas trees situated on each floor of Arthur House.

Although our prime focus when we come into the office every morning is to achieve our targets and to build on our professional relationships I believe it is also important to create a fun and sociable environment at work. In order to succeed professionally I also think that a workforce must feel appreciated by their management. This was definitely the case at SCS during the last week before Christmas as our team was treated by Richard (the Managing Director) to two bottles of wine from The Inn at Whitewell, a Moka breakfast and an early finish on the Friday!

The real meaning of Christmas at SCS

The opportunity to throw ourselves into the festivities was also a chance to strengthen the company’s commitment to its charitable partners. For instance, this year, instead of sending Christmas cards to our clients and candidates we chose to allocate our Christmas fund to Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Baubles, flashing lights and gimmicky designs were on full display this year as the office enthusiastically took part in Christmas Jumper Day. We did this to raise money for Save the Children which promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. By the end of the day we had collectively raised £238.36 in voluntary donations for the charity. By the end of December, we were told that Service Care Solutions employees had raised £1264.76 in charity donations directly from our own pockets. It was great to learn, especially at Christmas time, that both collectively and individually we were all doing our bit to make a real difference.

Although I worked between Christmas and New Year I felt I had no room to complain as there was a lovely atmosphere in the office that was created by the whole team at SCS. Also, as a mental health recruitment consultant I was all too aware that many of our health care assistants and nurses worked tirelessly over the Christmas period. It was inspiring to know that the people I work with and place on to hospital wards would give up time with their loved ones to help make someone else’s Christmas a little brighter. I now look forward to building on these relationships in to the New Year and recruiting more dedicated health care professionals in 2017!
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