News – Recruitment through the downturn

Global Lingo continues to recruit to support redundancy programmes

Global Lingo is continuing to recruit through the economic downturn, supporting its clients as they make redundancies.

The Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) states that any ‘employer proposing to make collective redundancies is required to consult in advance with representatives of the affected employees.’. Furthermore, an employment tribunal can make a protective award to employees of up to 90 days’ pay if consultation does not take place. BERR’s guidelines also advise that it is ‘good practice for parties to keep signed copies of any meeting minutes’, as it is important for the employer and employee representatives to show that they have acted reasonably throughout their dealings.

Global Lingo’s professional minute takers allow HR representatives to focus on their meetings and employees, rather than the onerous task of having to take and then write up notes. Using experienced writers can ease this burden, which can occupy already stretched staff for days if not weeks, and make a difficult process a lot more efficient. Having an impartial and independent record will also help if matters end up in court: the merger of Suez and Gaz de France, for example, was delayed because a judge required proof that employees had been fully consulted and not just informed.

With this in mind, many companies are now outsourcing minute taking to specialist providers. The Managing Director of Global Lingo, Andrew Trotter, explained, ‘Clients come to us because they don’t want to waste their time on low-value activity like minutes. Global Lingo’s writers can save them this stress and get the finished minutes back to them the next day, which is a lot quicker than most people are used to.’.

Helen Alexander, who graduated in the summer of 2008, is one recent recruit. ‘It’s a great opportunity for a first job. I’ve already travelled to meetings all around the UK and Europe, attending meetings with some high-level executives at major oil companies and banks. It’s nice that they really appreciate the service as well, as it lets them focus on the meeting and not have to worry about writing it all up. It’s also helped me become a much better writer.’

Daily announcements of job cuts have created great interest in Global Lingo’s services, and so the company has expanded its recruitment scheme. Andrew Trotter continued, ‘Our clients are based all over the UK, so we’re now recruiting in most cities. Our ideal employees are recent graduates who are looking for a first job, and we can offer them extensive training in how to write accurately and concisely.’