Handover time

Handover time

 21 Mar 2019

As Brexit looms and Theresa May could potentially be handing over her role to someone else it got me thinking about the next person in charge.  How would you even start this process? How much of a handover do they get?  Who gives them all the information they require?  Are the same advisors in place to help the new leader through the process?  Handing over such a task/role with so much information and legalities will be, if you ask me, an absolute nightmare of a job. 
 
And here I was getting stressed about doing my handover for next week when I finish up for holiday! Now not that I think my job is anything like the above but it does make you think about the team you are leaving to cover for you.  I always find finishing up for holiday stressful, well, maybe stressful isn’t quite the right word but it’s always a really busy time with things popping up that you have to try and finish before you go away as you don’t want to hand loads of work to your colleague when you know they have their own workload to be dealing with already. 
 
So the control freak in me always has a detailed (and probably annoying) handover for the team.  Now I know they probably don’t need this much detail, but I just cant help it.  I like to know that everything is in hand and that my workload won’t cause them any headaches whilst I am away.  You have probably heard us say on more than one occasion in our blogs is that, at Red we take pride in looking after our candidates and clients, we keep them up to date with what’s going on, and give them as much feedback as possible.  So when I am out of the office I like to know that everything is in place and if anything does prop up my colleagues are up to date with the info so they can help in my absence and there is no disturbance in our service. 
 
We have a great database to work with (#welovethefish), but like any system its only as good as the information you put in.   So really it’s not just when you are going on holiday that you should make sure everything is updated, this should be your day to day practice.  So whether your finishing up for a day, a week or a month, think about the people who will be holding down the fort for you.  Make it as simple as possible for them and then they will do the same in return
 
And on that note, I’ll see you all in a few weeks! Sunshine here I come. 

 

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