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Don’t CEOs deserve holidays?

Disciplinary yesterday followed by assessment today – one nasty, one nice, as they say! Am extremely lucky to  have my temp here to help me while Second-in-Charge is off sick. It’s a joy to have a previous employee back as she knows much of the work already, making life very much simpler. I don’t dare think too far into future as we still haven’t received the occupational health report still on Second-in-Charge – so no clues as to how long he might be off.

She is helping me plough through the recruitment side of things on various jobs we are advertising. Firstly, and satisfyingly, we turn down new applicants that still drift in for her temp position. We remain on the hunt recruitment wise for my perfect sprayer and have widened search to cover most of East Anglia now. This has brought a flurry of CVs from Latvia where furniture manufacturers flourish. Have brought people over in the past but it’s a huge gamble – you don’t know what you will really get in the way of skills or personality and sorting out housing, permits and so forth is a massive amount of work.

It’s hard to believe that I am recruiting for the sales office again. Having put four employees on a training and skills competition for six months (at the end of which, one will become sales manager), we were already down to two. One went travelling. The other, who lives a way away, decided it wasn’t worth persevering with the travel if he had no chance of becoming a manager. It’s anoying mainly becuase it means so much time has been wasted in both recruitment and training, and it blows any immediate hope of me having any sort of break.



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