Life at Focus Management Consultants
Michael Staniland describes a "normal day in the business"
The first thing to say is there is no such thing as a normal week!
We are dealing with people and that alone gives us significant variety and challenge. I start the day by 7.30am and discuss with Stephen Jones and the senior members of the business the broad strategic issues we face. I start my internal meetings by 8.30am and I like to touch base with every consultant everyday - a tough task as the numbers are increasing - but we feel it is important they know we are there to help, guide and sometimes just listen.
Two or three times a week I am with clients and I am still involved in interviewing senior candidates or for specific projects as and when required.
I tend to finish about 6.00pm but will make calls to clients or candidates into the evening if it has been difficult to talk during their working day. A client can call to seek consultative advice or just bounce a few ideas off me - or I will contact a candidate to prepare them for their upcoming interview and wish them luck.
The thing about this job is you need to keep the momentum, and if that means a call at 9.00pm fine. The flip side is that we do offer flexibility to our team and we are immensely proud of the fact that many in the team have reduced their hours when their children were young and have now returned to a full time commitment as they have been able to do so.
Life at FMCL is demanding - it is really hard work as well, but we stand together and work for each other - and when a client gives us a compliment or recommends us for more work it is all worth while. We are making a hugely impactful mark on people's lives at times - one phone call from us can start a process that leads to inter-continental relocation for example - so we do take that responsibility seriously and treat our candidates with respect and care.