Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

​In this episode of Secrets of Success, partner and director, James Rydon joins me to talk about hiring, onboarding and developing junior talent, and the opportunities available when working in a niche specialism. James runs Eames' actuarial and insurance risk division in the UK. In 2021, the team will have had a record-breaking year, and are arguably the markets leading recruitment team. With over a decade of experience in recruitment, and a 6+ year career at Eames, that includes countless promotions and a rise to director, James has invaluable insight to share in this episode of Secrets of Success.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify, and your other favourite podcast platforms.​Like what you hear? Connect with James on LinkedInor reach out to hear more about opportunities at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I am joined by Alex Joslin, a new recruit at Eames in London.Alex works in our contract division, specialising in the tech market. In our candid conversation, Alex gives some very honest insight into what made him choose a career in recruitment, and how to hit the ground running in your first weeks and months in the role. This is a great listen for anyone considering a career in recruitment, or managers and leaders looking for insight into what attracts entry-level talent into the sector.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I sit down with Glen Roberts, partner & director of our UK banking and asset management division. Glen joined Eames in 2017 and had built one of Eames' most successful divisions. Glen leads from the front - a billing manager, and in 2021 will find himself in the global top ten perm billers. In this episode, Glen gives insight into hiring and onboarding experienced recruitment talent and engaging those new-to-recruitment. A great episode for any leader or manager in recruitment. Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Connect with Glen on LinkedIn or get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Our top 7 Ted Talks for harnessing your drive

By Danielle Rainert

Management

Our top 7 Ted Talks for harnessing your drive

​TED Talks might not be the newest or shiniest things you’ll find online these days, but these speakers dispense some solid advice you can use for harnessing your drive in both your career and personal life.​​1. Inside the mind of a master procrastinator – Tim UrbanArguably one of the funniest Ted Talks you will ever watch; Tim Urban explains what happens in the mind of a master procrastinator. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window - and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time. 14-minutes that are well worth your time.Watch it here​2. How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon SinekWhile almost all companies can say ‘what’ they do and ‘how’ they do it, very few people or organisations know why they do what they do. What’s your purpose? What’s your cause? What’s your belief? Why does your organisation exist? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why should anyone care? There's a reason it's the second most-watched Ted Talk of all time.Watch it here​3. The three Secrets to resilient people – Lucy HoneIn this Ted Talk, Lucy she teaches us how to find our way through difficult times and adversity – valuable lessons you can apply to your work and personal life.Watch it here​4. The happy secret to better work – Shawn AchorMost people in the world accept that to be happy you need to work hard. In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.Watch it here​5. Own your behaviours, master your communication, determine your success – Louise EvansWe spend about 80% of our day 'at work', the rest is at home. If we have a bad day at work, we are likely to take that negativity home with us and vice versa. What if we could create healthy environments in the spaces that most affect our lives and truly give our best? This Ted Talk is a call to action.Watch it here​6. The Puzzle of Motivation – Dan PinkCareer analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with highlighting the scientific experiment showing that ‘incentives’ (such as bonuses or commission for example) in tasks, can have a negative impact on creativity and thinking.Watch it here​7. Why we do what we do – Tony RobbinsTony Robbins is probably the most famous motivational speak of all time, and this talk epitomises why he’s thought of so highly. In this presentation, tony asks you to think about who you are and more importantly why you do what you do as he discusses the ‘invisible forces’ that motivation everyone’s actions.Watch it here​

5 objective signs you’re really ready for recruitment management

By Danielle Rainert

Management

5 objective signs you’re really ready for recruitment management

​Many recruitment consultants see management as the ‘natural’ next step in their career. But before you devise your ‘promotion’ strategy to recruitment management, have you really reflected on whether you’re ready for the challenge?There are different traits that separate top billers from managers and leaders. However, it’s one thing to have the traits but are you ready for management - now?These are the five objective signs that show you’re really ready to make the transition.​1. Junior consultants often ask you for assistanceYou may believe that you would happily help anyone that came to you for advice. You may have lots of ideas on how certain individuals may be able to improve. However, you should already be one of the go-to people that people turn to when they’ve got a problem.The one they seek out when met with an unexpected sales objection. The one they turn to when they can’t determine whether a candidate is fully committed. And the one they feel they can talk to when they’re just having a bad day.Being that person who people already trust with their problems predicts your future leadership quality. It suggests you listen more than you talk, you’re open and approachable, and you know how to provide constructive feedback. ​2. You're committed to self-development and share it with othersYou have a growth mindset and don’t believe that all skills are innate. Instead, they can be built on. If your obsession with self-development books means you’ve become friendly with your Amazon Prime delivery driver (or you choose to work out to the latest audible book), it’s a great start.If you then find yourself sharing the insights you’ve gleaned with your team via email/WhatsApp, then you’re showing promise to be a great manager.​3. You are driven by seeing other consultants succeedSomeone in your team has just beaten the all-time record for billings for the quarter. If your first feeling is of genuine excitement, instead of a not-too-secret pang of jealousy, then it’s a great sign.So long as that excitement would still exist if they adapted your advice, or took a new approach they had read about elsewhere. Instead, you would analyse why that approach worked on that occasion and save it in your ‘sales techniques’ folder.​4. You've been that rare apprentice manager who has stepped aside when neededThose with real management quality know when to step aside to achieve the overall goal. They recognise everyone’s individual capabilities and how to capitalise on them, instead of seeking glory. If you’ve found yourself inviting your colleague to lead a meeting to help win more business, then you may just have the makings of a manager. ​5. You're often a middle-man between colleagues and managementAre upper management constantly tapping you for ideas or asking you to rally the team to support a new initiative? Or maybe colleagues ask you to put forward any problems they have to management?If so, it’s likely you’re already seen as on your way to management.​

6 things Eames recruiters do that makes them successful

By Mark Thomas

Management

6 things Eames recruiters do that makes them successful

​​1. They invest in themselves.Eames recruiters know the value of advancing their own skills. They invest in building their market and sector knowledge, and their recruitment skills. They utilise every opportunity to learn. 2. They are driven.Each is driven by different goals and aspirations. Each knows that’s what makes a culture unique. Eames recruiters have that in common – an energetic and urgent drive.  3. They are accountable. ‘It wasn’t my job’ is something you’ll never hear an Eames recruiter say. They take ownership of their work and know that when you take responsibility, you create success. 4. They do the basics really well. Building relationships, managing expectations, being prepared, planning their day, hitting their targets… the list goes on.5. They specialise. There is no ‘winging it’ or making it up as you go along. Eames is a business built on years of expertise and skills. Eames recruiters are deep subject matter experts.6. They embrace technology. Eames recruiters utilise the tools at their disposal and can recognise the speed and efficiency it affords their processes. They don’t have to rely on old practices and they can control the candidate experience. Recruiters at Eames have the perseverance to achieve their ambitions and the utter determination to not give up. It is something Eames attributes its success to; the recruiters that have an energetic drive to deliver with credibility and demonstrate why they are specialists in recruitment and industry markets. ​If these are traits that ring true with you and are elements you want to bring to your own recruitment career, get in touch with our Talent Acquisition team on joinus@eamesconsulting.com for a confidential discussion.

We asked #TeamEames: How can people become better allies to the LGBTQ+ community?
We asked #TeamEames: How can people become better allies to the LGBTQ+ community?

​​We asked #TeamEames: How can people become better allies to the LGBTQ+ community?Being an ally to any community, I think it’s mostly about amplifying their voices rather than using your own. By all means signpost your support through the wearing of pin badges, lanyards or changing your email signature to reflect your stance, but still, the best thing anyone with privilege can do is lift up those who are struggling and encourage others to listen. The one area you SHOULD use your voice, however, is in publicly calling out unacceptable behaviour. Offensive language, “banter”, and poor attempts at humour at LGBTQ+ people’s expense should all be shot down loudly by allies. - Charlie Thomas, UK I think everyone has to take individual responsibility for their own learning and sometimes unlearning. A good approach is never to assume anything, appreciate that your language is important, and if you are unsure about something, be genuine, be kind and ask. - Heather Yardley, UK By participating in events and increasing understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. Education, I would say, is one of the most effective ways of being an ally. If you understand the history and what is happening currently in the community, then you can place yourself in a better position to be an effective ally. - Hannah Turner, UKCall out things they hear that are inappropriate. Often, comments are not intentionally insensitive, and flagging it to the individual in a direct but appropriate manner is the first step to changing behaviours. - Andrew Mackay, UKThere are numerous ways to be an ally, but I personally learnt to be very conscious of language and expressions or figures of speech. There are so many phrases that we never stop to actually understand the meaning of can be discriminatory. I try to police myself with those. - Rafaela Fakhre, UK As allies, we need to call out bias when we see it, but we also have a responsibility to educate ourselves. It's not the responsibility of every LGBTQ+ employee to educate their heteronormative colleagues. Hence, there has to be a willingness to learn and understand the challenges and biases that are barriers daily. Some small steps we can take are showing our pronouns in signatures and having conversations that challenge the status quo. I also think that it is important not to assume or try to force someone to share more than they're willing to. - Abigail Moss, UK It might be overly simplistic, but my belief is that we treat all people, as people. Talk to each other with respect, understanding, and as equals. We’re all human beings, and nothing else should come into it. I appreciate that more proactivity is required as it’s just (unfortunately) not as straightforward as that. But, if we all approached all interactions that way, wouldn’t we be a step further forwards? - Ruth Foster, UK

Promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace

By Sarah Roebuck

Diversity and Inclusion

Promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace

​To celebrate #PrideMonth, we have brought together some of the LGBTQ+ community from within the reinsurance and insurance market on a 3-part special of The GRID Podcast (from Eames Partnership).Each episode explores topics that provide insight, advice and opinion on how to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. From rainbow washing to pronouns, our expert panel get candid and provide some thoughtful opinon with our host, Charlie Thomas.Join Adam Triggs, chair of Pride and Allies at Lloyd's, David Anderson, US head of cyber at McGill and Partners, Theresa Farrenson, customer experience and integration lead at Aon,, and Erik Johnson, incoming active underwriter at MIC Global on Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms.

We Asked #TeamEames: How can companies make employees feel safe to bring their authentic selves to work?
We Asked #TeamEames: How can companies make employees feel safe to bring their authentic selves to work?

​Striving to create a safe space and belonging in the workplace for your employees to bring their whole authentic selves to work should be on the top of your agenda. It creates a better environment and experience for both employees and clients and feeling like you can be yourself at work improves employee engagement, empowerment, trust, relationships, and happiness.We Asked #TeamEames: How can companies make employees feel safe to bring their authentic selves to work? Lead from the front, make sure executives are open and transparent and create a culture of accountability that employees feel they will be supported if they flag things they find uncomfortable or inappropriate. This is especially important in a sales business or teams which are one gender dominant. - Andrew Mackay, Eames Consulting. UKI think the key word here is “safe”. Good things for employers to do to encourage that “safe” feeling include seeking regular feedback from their staff through open-door policies, suggestion boxes, anonymous reporting lines as well as town halls and more formal structures to allow staff to feel listened to when they have a grievance or concern. And then, almost more importantly, you need to be able to act on that feedback and show the staff you take their issues seriously. Being transparent on where you are with your inclusion journey is essential to gain trust from individuals, along with making measurable, regularly monitored pledges to fix things that you know are hampering staff from being themselves in the workplace. Practices, where you encourage collectively working on a problem, rather than solutions being handed down from a myopic decision-maker, can also foster a view that the firm is genuinely interested in staff and their views, and openly celebrating success and highlighting where someone’s difference has been the driver behind that success can also be helpful. - Charlie Thomas, Eames Partnership, UKThat starts long before an individual becomes an employee. We have to be honest and authentic in an interview about how we create an inclusive environment and then make sure that is the “lived experience” when someone joins us. Having an open culture, where we discuss and embrace difference, encourages people to be themselves at work and have that sense of belonging. - Ruth Foster, Eames Group, UKThis is a challenge, as what would make one person feel safe isn't necessarily going to make another feel safe. So it's important to build an inclusive culture and ensure there is continual discussion and support for everyone regardless of their sexuality and gender expression. - Abigail Moss, Eames Consulting, UKEncouraging a supportive environment right from the top. If authentic leadership is demonstrated, this will trickle down into the company culture. I think having as diverse a workplace as possible is important, somewhere where everyone feels welcomed. - Heather Yardley, Eames Consulting, UKBy creating an inclusive and supportive environment. - Hannah Turner, Eames Consulting, UKCompanies should be active with their support of diversity in the workplace. They could provide training and education for their employees on LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace. At Eames, we had a very awakening session with LINK, an LGBTQ+ insurance network. It is a small step, but I genuinely think it would contribute to employees feeling safe in bringing their authentic selves to work. - Rafaela Fakhre, Eames Consulting, UKBy having zero tolerance towards discrimination and providing education and support awareness campaigns on being inclusive. - Elmer Tan, Eames Consulting, Singapore

We Asked #TeamEames: What do you do to help yourself when you’re feeling stressed?

By Sheridan Muir

Health and Wellbeing

We Asked #TeamEames: What do you do to help yourself when you’re feeling stressed?

​The month of April is Stress Awareness Month - an opportunity to increase awareness of both the causes and cures for the modern stress epidemic. Stress is a part of everyone’s life. Professionally and personally, channelling stress in the right way and equipping ourselves with coping mechanisms is a vital life skill. We Asked #TeamEames: What do you do to help yourself when you’re feeling stressed? Exercise is my go-to when I’m feeling stressed. It allows me to take my mind away from any problems for a short period of time and focus on myself. - Nigel Ma, SingaporeGoing for a run is the best option for me. I’m far from a natural runner but, it’s so good for the mind and body. Also, it gives you uninterrupted time to process your thoughts and put them in logical order. I’ve solved many a conundrum on a 5km run! - Ruth Foster, UK To be honest, I’m still learning! I do try to listen to my body and see what will best help in the situation. Sometimes it involves taking breaks and going for a run, reading, journaling, and other times I might prefer to talk and hang out with my partner and friends. I’m so glad I have an amazing support system that has helped me a lot! - Abigail Lee I find scheduling an hour-long walk two to three times a week helps regulate my stress and anxiety levels. - Fairuz Abu, Singapore Take a break and breathe. It may sound simple but when things are piling up, it’s the first thing we forget. So before, I do anything, I’ll just remind myself to breathe. - Jasper Ang, Singapore2 main things. Talk. I often will talk to friends or my wife if I’m feeling bogged down and stressed. You quickly realise how small a problem you’ve built up in your head is once you’ve vocalised it and asked for help. Walk or get some fresh air. A change of scenery I often think is key, it’s super easy to spiral and worry in stressful situations so getting outside and focusing on something else for half an hour really helps. - Harry Buttery, SingaporeMy stress management process is typically broken down into 3 generic parts - distraction, learning and moving on. When under stress, I would start by distracting myself and doing something that takes my mind completely off the matter, such as playing an intense sport or watching a good movie. Once I am in a better emotional state to tackle the issue, I would sit myself down in a quiet environment and try to identify the stressors and think of ways to remedy them. Reading quotes about stress works well at this stage for me as well. Lastly, I would formulate some actions based on the self-assessment and turn my engine back on to move forward. - Kun Liang, Singapore Take the time off to relax and be calm, speak to someone that I trust, doesn’t have to be seeking advice but just to express your feelings and read a comic book or cartoon which can bring me peace or laugh. - Jojo Yeung, Hong KongI like to exercise, especially over Covid I learnt to play tennis. Also, I think sometimes you just need to take a step back and re-prioritise, work out what’s important and what can wait. I’m trying to learn that you can’t stress over anything you have no control over. - Hazel Rowe, SingaporeI have found walking around helps as our nature of work demands using phone/calls most frequently. My setup at home is an adjustable stand-sit table which allows me to walk whilst in a phone conversation. This helps me clock mileage and also as they say “motion produces emotion” Music and singing are also other ways of stress relief, which you can do in the comfort of the house. Give me a microphone, anytime! - Vincent Yao, SingaporeI ensure I take some time for myself, whether that’s having a massage or meeting a friend to go for a walk and talk. It’s important to set aside some time to reset and focus on your own self-care when feeling stressed, no matter how difficult it feels to find that time in the moment! - Lauren Seal, UKWhen I’m stressed, I try to take my mind off things by either doing a sport that I enjoy or just anything that can distract or make me not think of whatever is making me feel that way. Usually, exercise, socialising or even walking the dog helps me. - Emerson Brereton-Davies, UKI try to park whatever is making me stressed and go and do something I find enjoyable, play golf, cook a meal, have a glass of wine, watch a film or play with my son and then come at the problem refreshed and focus only on solutions. - Richard Williams, UKSlow my pace down, take a short break or walk, talk to someone internally or externally and come back to that particular task with a different approach or technique or even at a later date. - Jessica Evans, UK When I’m stressed I will silence my phone for half an hour and do something totally abstract like listening to a podcast to refocus. I find short mindfulness podcasts really useful for this, they provide perspective and relaxation techniques that you can apply to daily situations. - Amelia Mercer, UKI remind myself of the positive things I have done that day or week and use it to reset. I also play football twice a week with a group of my mates, I find playing a team sport with close friends is a great way to release any stress you have. - Ben Meoded, UKIf something happens in my working day that is particularly stressful, I’ll fight the instinct to react, and make a cup of tea or take a quick walk. If it is a more general overarching stressful day, you will either find me at the gym or at the bottom of a tub of ice cream! When I feel I am under unpleasant stress for more than a few days I’ll map it all out and see what I can delegate, what is unnecessary stress, what is the main source of the stress and most importantly, what do I need to do to reduce this. - Abigail Moss, UKTaking a step back and talking to my support network about what has me feeling stressed. Sometimes just saying it out loud and getting it off your chest can be a big help! - Sophie Daniel, UKWhen I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed, I make sure to take a step back and put a list together in order of priority, so I don’t end up trying to do it all at once. I am the opposite of a procrastinator, which sounds better than it actually is, I end up trying to do my entire to-do list in one day when in reality there is no need for it and the quality suffers! So taking a step back or going on a walk, definitely helps me a lot. - Rafaela Fakhre, UKWhen I feel stressed it helps to reach out to people around me, such as my team, friends and family who I know can support me in various ways to understand where the stress is coming from and offer help to relieve it. - Viveca Riley, UK I am very conscious of stress, having a Generalised Anxiety Disorder, I manage this through GBT & medication, it is very important for me to be aware of my triggers, ensure that stress does not pile up and communicate openly when having a bad day/run. I have been hugely supported in this by Eames, and it has allowed me to get through tougher periods quicker and continue to perform, which, in itself, helps reduce the stress if work-related! - Andrew Mackay, UK

We Asked #TeamEames: How do you prioritise your health & wellbeing?

By Sheridan Muir

Health and Wellbeing

We Asked #TeamEames: How do you prioritise your health & wellbeing?

It’s World Health Day. Amid a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, and heart disease, the World Health Organisation encourages us to focus our attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy. We Asked #TeamEames: How do you prioritise your health & wellbeing?Chasing a toddler around is a good way of keeping active, but I have recently joined a gym and try to go on WFH days with a friend; having someone rely on you to go makes it more of a commitment. It is my focus for 2022 to increase my activity and lose some hard-earned lockdown lbs, so this and running at lunch when it gets warmer will be key. - Andy Mackay, UKI set health and wellbeing goals and review them from time to time. I enjoy daily meditation to weekly basketball sessions and set out to learn a new sport each year (it's wakeboarding this year). I feel it is important to make deliberate efforts in incorporating these into our calendars, and never to leave health and wellness to chance or convenience! - Kun Liang, SingaporeI do a lot of walking as it really helps to clear my head and live in the moment by taking in nature and the environment around me. I also practice mindfulness and read at night to help me switch off from the day. - Lauren Seal, UKI play team sport, for the exercise, competition, camaraderie and to switch-off from the pressures of work and everyday life. My knees are telling me that basketball and cricket are not a good idea any more though, so I try to get out on the bike or the golf course, or for a walk with my family. I’m also paying more attention to my diet, cooking vegetarian meals, reducing carbs, mainly in an effort to counteract the sweets in the office. - Richard Williams, UKI am an organised person but making a new to-do list every evening before I log off allows me to set my next day up and be aware of what is most urgent and what isn’t. This, therefore, allows me to plan my days better and hopefully reduces any added stress or worries. I try to ensure I take short breaks away from my laptop/desk even if this is to make a cup of tea or go for a short walk at lunchtime. - Jessica Evans, UKMake sure I take time away from my desk and get outside in the fresh air, go out for walks and take time away from screens. - Sophie Daniel, UKI go for walks! When I work from home, it’s easy to spend a full 24 hours inside the house, but my housemates and I always try to get each other out for a walk at lunch or in the evening. I also have a ‘goals’ book that I write in every day. - Viveca Riley, UKI prioritise my health and wellbeing with a balanced lifestyle (or at least I try my best to get close to that balance!). Incorporating an exercise routine into my week is a huge priority but treating myself over the weekend to drinks and food are all equally important for me! - Rafaela Fakhre, UKGoing to the gym 3 times a week really helps me because I am away from screens, from work and from my family so I can focus on just me and keeping fit. I am a massive foodie, so I believe in the importance of a balanced diet and eating seasonally to get maximum benefits from the vitamins in your fruit and veg. Perhaps because I’m a mum, I am also the advocate of an early night. - Abigail Moss, UKI prioritise my health and wellbeing by eating a balanced diet, staying active and allowing my body to get the necessary sleep and rest it needs. I tend to stay aligned with my future goals and ensure I am working hard everyday day towards them. - Ben Meoded, UKAfter work hours is largely family time so, me-time (or cave-time!) becomes secondary. I just got a new toy – a smart/sports watch (replacing my older Garmin one) that tracks my sleep and activity, which helps bring consciousness to how we are spending time daily and weekly. Still new to it, but over time you can use the info to better anticipate and structure the weekdays and weekends for health & wellbeing. - Vincent Yao, SingaporeBeing organised to see what is most important to do helps release my stress. I also make time and space for myself to do things that I like and enjoy. I always take good care of myself with good food and get some exercise done even if I am tired from work to ensure I am staying active. - Jojo Yeung, Hong KongExercise has always been big in my life, my diet is often questionable, so exercise keeps me in some kind of balance! - Harry Buttery, SingaporeStaying healthy has many benefits. So, I make sure I always put in a workout at least 3 times a week to sweat it out even if it’s for a short 15 mins! - Jasper Ang, SingaporeI start my day with my workouts. Just having that routine guarantees me a small win at the start of each day. - Fairuz Abu, SingaporeThis is a big priority, I do this by eating well, early to bed and try to lay off the alcohol! - Hazel Rowe, SingaporeI try to make sure that I stay focused around routine and making sure that I go to the gym frequently and maintain a healthy diet. That’s the biggest thing for me, working out- which keeps my head in the right place. - Emerson Brereton-Davies, UKI have a fitness and self-care routine that I stick to religiously! Over the years I found that exercise and mindfulness recharge me, so I make it a priority regardless of how busy I am. - Abigail Lee, Singapore​

4 ways you can create an environment at work that encourages self-care

By Sarah Roebuck

Health and Wellbeing

4 ways you can create an environment at work that encourages self-care

​​When you think of the phrase “self-care”, what springs to mind? Is it exercising, eating healthily, and reducing alcohol consumption, retail therapy, spending less time on social media, or socialising with friends?There can be many negative connotations around “self-care”, as some may jump to conclusions and think that this equals putting on face masks and binge-watching a Netflix series. However, self-care can come in many shapes and forms, and ultimately, it is unique to each individual with no “right” or “wrong” way to do it.If you’re not OK at home, you probably won’t be OK at work, so self-care is especially important to ensure that you are in a balanced headspace, as it will also reduce the risk of burning out.What does self-care actually mean to you?Firstly, it’s important to figure out what self-care means to you or your team. It can vary from physical, psychological, emotional, social or professional, to environmental, spiritual and financial.Some options within each category are easily achievable at work, whilst some may be harder to focus on. Equally, you may not need to focus on each area in such depth. Instead, it’s important to identify what you need to work on, which is usually influenced by your stress levels inside and outside of work.We often look at work as something entirely different to our personal lives, when in reality, we spend more time at work with our colleagues than we do with our friends and family. Thus, viewing self-care as an ongoing effort will allow you to draw parities with work and home life.How can you create a work environment that promotes self-care?The last 18 months have demonstrated how important it is to take care of ourselves. We are making a conscious effort to encourage employees to prioritise self-care in their everyday work. You mustn’t pay lip service to self-care, and instead, introduce and promote ways in which employees can see and experience a tangible connection to it.1. Set boundariesSetting boundaries requires discipline with yourself, as well as a healthy dose of courage too! Communicating your boundaries can feel daunting at first, but it’s a great way to build genuine connections with the people you work with. Recruitment is a challenging career path, and sometimes the days can feel all-consuming with meetings and calls whilst also trying to catch up on your inbox.Boundary setting allows you to establish what you are and aren’t comfortable doing, as well as educating your team, or your manager, on how you like to operate. This could be as simple as highlighting the tasks you can prioritise that day without overwhelming yourself, or it could be explaining that you won’t be responding to emails after a specific time.These two examples are effective ways of managing your workload and stress levels whilst keeping others in the loop on how you like to communicate.Another aspect of your work life (and personal life) that requires boundary setting is your relationship with technology. Covid-19 forced many people to work remotely all over the world, which for some, didn’t feel natural due to either their industry or their companies’ outlook on remote working. If you struggle to switch off and find yourself checking your emails at 10 pm on a Friday, you need to set some boundaries for yourself.The “always-on” and “hustle” culture can be very dangerous, so giving yourself time limits on technology can be a great way to reduce that. Whether that’s deleting your work emails from your phone or installing an app that locks certain applications for the weekend, being disciplined with your technology use can enable you to have a healthier relationship with it.​2. Set goalsIt can be easy to lose motivation when juggling multiple projects, especially if your role is process-driven. Setting goals is something we actively encourage, as, although we are incredibly purpose-driven, each individual still needs to have things to work towards.Sometimes, smaller goals can be better than bigger ones, as you can take stock regularly of what you’ve achieved - and often, we surprise ourselves with how much we’ve done.We also focus on breaking goals down into manageable chunks, whether this is working towards a promotion or something more personal. Creating “checkpoints” gives people a confidence boost, which is great for motivation and general wellbeing at work.If you lead a team, emphasise the importance of goal-setting and create regular touchpoints with your team to see how close they are to achieving them. You can do this by getting people to write down their goals or even gratitude lists at the end of the day.​3. Be honestThere is power in being honest in the workplace, and in some ways, this has a direct relation to boundary setting. Being honest about how you feel can be an act of self-care in itself. Whether you’re struggling mentally or you have a lot going on in your personal life, it’s important to communicate openly at work.If you’re in a leadership role, this is one of the most important traits to possess. Leaders must set an example to the rest of the team, who will all mimic and embody these behaviours.If a leader is open about how they feel, encouraging boundary setting, and showing their vulnerability, this will show other employees (whether they are being managed by this individual or they are peers) to do the same thing.It’s OK not to be OK - however, if no one at a senior level is actively talking about this regularly, you won’t achieve the level of honesty needed to combat issues that employees, colleagues, or peers are having.4. Provide the correct resources for employeesIf you are a leader or a company owner, it’s vital to provide the right resources for employees, so they can start to practice self-care. Whether it’s investing and setting aside a budget for wellness initiatives and group exercises to spread this message or providing a space in the office for employees to decompress and spend time away from technology, you have to give people the tools they need.Finally, don’t treat it like a tick-box exercise! If you celebrate mental health awareness week once a year, you can’t claim that you’re a company that encourages self-care at work. It has to be something you champion 365 days a year for it to be effective.A great way to do this is by creating a group of ambassadors internally at all seniority levels who can promote this. We do this via our Culture Board, which can regularly check that all aspects of our culture are being lived every day, whether by the senior leadership team or our junior employees.This keeps everybody accountable and provides you with regular feedback on how you can improve the environment at work - whether that’s for self-care initiatives or something else.In conclusion, self-care isn’t a linear process and takes time to master. However, staying disciplined with yourself and putting yourself first can allow you to be authentic at work without sacrificing your mental health and integrity in the process!Hear something you like? Connect with me on LinkedInto discuss further, or reach out by email: sarah.roebuck@eames-group.com.

   Curtis Browning promoted to manager on the Actuarial team in London

By James Rydon

Promotions

Curtis Browning promoted to manager on the Actuarial team in London

​We are delighted to announce the promotion of Curtis Browning to manager on the Actuarial and Catastrophe Risk team in London. Curtis joined Eames almost five years ago and has been a key member of the team, bringing in multiple opportunities and supporting the team significantly through their own career journeys. James Rydon, partner and director, shares: “A very much-deserved promotion following his excellent work in supporting the growth of the actuarial team, and the inception of our catastrophe modelling offering.   His performance has been nothing short of impressive, he’s managed the catastrophe modelling team in delivering some fantastic results and continued to help develop a member of his team into one of the leading personal lines recruiters in the market. It’s been amazing to see Curtis’ career develop over the years, since joining Eames as an associate consultant into becoming a brilliant manager with a superb team. Congratulations!” ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​James Conn promoted to senior principal on the Compliance team in London

By Liam O'Mahoney

Promotions

​James Conn promoted to senior principal on the Compliance team in London

We are delighted to announce the promotion of James Conn to senior principal on the Compliance team in London. James joined Eames Consulting in January 2021 and, since then, has put in an exceptional performance with his pipeline looking even better for what remains of H1 2022. Liam O’Mahoney, partner and associate director shares: “James has demonstrated a number of new client wins for Eames and I don’t doubt there will be more to add before the year is out. Aside from James’ performance, he is a valued member of the compliance desk and the banking and asset management division. I look forward to supporting you through your continued success here at Eames. Congratulations!”

​Sarah Tan promoted to principal consultant on the technology team in Singapore

By Elmer Tan

Promotions

​Sarah Tan promoted to principal consultant on the technology team in Singapore

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Sarah Tan to principal consultant on the technology team in Singapore. Sarah joined Eames Consulting as a senior consultant in January 2021 as an experienced cyber security consultant and made her mark straight away with her high performance. Elmer Tan, partner and associate director shares: “Since joining the business, she became a mother to her beautiful daughter and still had placements coming through whilst on maternity leave, which is a testament to the hard work and strong relationships she has invested into. Since returning from maternity leave, she has shown her capability with a healthy pipeline for the following months to come! Sarah has been a great role model for the team, leading by example in client and candidate management. She has managed to secure exclusive roles and even candidates who will specifically only work with her. Her drive to succeed has been evident, and she consistently applies her knowledge in recruitment to have complete control of her processes. I look forward to seeing what else you will achieve with us here at Eames. Congratulations!"

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

​In this episode of Secrets of Success, partner and director, James Rydon joins me to talk about hiring, onboarding and developing junior talent, and the opportunities available when working in a niche specialism. James runs Eames' actuarial and insurance risk division in the UK. In 2021, the team will have had a record-breaking year, and are arguably the markets leading recruitment team. With over a decade of experience in recruitment, and a 6+ year career at Eames, that includes countless promotions and a rise to director, James has invaluable insight to share in this episode of Secrets of Success.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify, and your other favourite podcast platforms.​Like what you hear? Connect with James on LinkedInor reach out to hear more about opportunities at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I am joined by Alex Joslin, a new recruit at Eames in London.Alex works in our contract division, specialising in the tech market. In our candid conversation, Alex gives some very honest insight into what made him choose a career in recruitment, and how to hit the ground running in your first weeks and months in the role. This is a great listen for anyone considering a career in recruitment, or managers and leaders looking for insight into what attracts entry-level talent into the sector.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I sit down with Glen Roberts, partner & director of our UK banking and asset management division. Glen joined Eames in 2017 and had built one of Eames' most successful divisions. Glen leads from the front - a billing manager, and in 2021 will find himself in the global top ten perm billers. In this episode, Glen gives insight into hiring and onboarding experienced recruitment talent and engaging those new-to-recruitment. A great episode for any leader or manager in recruitment. Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Connect with Glen on LinkedIn or get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

We've been shortlisted for two Recruiter Awards

By Sarah Roebuck

Culture

We've been shortlisted for two Recruiter Awards

​​​The Recruiter Awards are widely recognised as the benchmark for excellence within the recruitment industry and profession. The UK’s most prestigious honours in recruitment recognise best practice and celebrate the great work and achievement across the sector.We're delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories at the 2022 awards. Best Back Office Operation - a category we've had a nomination in the last 7 years running.Best Banking & Financial Services Recruitment Agency - a prize we took home last year, at the 2021 awardsOf our award nominations, Founder & CEO, Matthew Eames shared:"I'm thrilled to see us recognised again by Recruiter. The service delivered by our Corporate Services (back office) teams plays a critical part in the overall value Eames delivers to its candidates, clients and stakeholders. A nomination for the Best Back Office Operation is a great nod to the work our HR & Operations, Finance, Marketing, Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development teams do. I'm equally delighted to have the opportunity to retain our crown in the Best Banking & Financial Services Recruitment Agency category - we pride ourselves on specialisation, with professional expertise being one of our core values. This nomination is a testament to the fundamental work our consultants to do support the wider financial services markets. Fingers crossed!"

​Eames Group ranked as a world-class place to work on 2022 Best Companies list

By Ruth Foster

Awards

​Eames Group ranked as a world-class place to work on 2022 Best Companies list

Eames Group has received a three-star accreditation from Best Companies, highlighting us as a world-class place to work. The three-star accreditation is the highest standard of workplace engagement you can receive. We prioritised employee well-being and fostered a culture of inclusion, purpose, expertise and empathy. In return, our employees spoke in volume in our annual employee engagement survey. Over 100 individuals from #TeamEames from across the globe shared their views on life at Eames, and we’re thrilled to learn employee engagement is at its highest in our 20-year history. From listening to feedback from our employees, we sought to improve in areas that supported employees' lives at work, and at home and saw a marked 6% improvement in ‘workplace wellbeing’ and ‘giving something back’ since we completed the survey in 2021 Our agile working environment enables our team to prioritise what’s important to them, regardless of their job style or where they work. Wellness programmes have encouraged employees to seek work-life balance and prioritise their health and wellbeing. We’ve been able to open up the conversation around mental health and reduce the stigma around asking for help. Best Companies also recognised our ability to connect our values and goals to our team and ensure that our work has meaning and purpose. Opportunity Makers serves to guide every member of #TeamEames to helping one another achieve beyond our expectations, pushing and supporting each other to get the best out of our work and our lives. 100% of our team said their work is an important part of their life. ​Speaking of our ranking as a 'world-class' employer, Chief People Officer Ruth Foster shared: “True employee wellbeing goes beyond surface-level perks. We strive to foster a workplace that celebrates diversity, belonging, trust and purpose. For Opportunity to happen, we must stay true to our values, and keep focused on our people. Feedback from our employees is vital for us to continue to create opportunity as an organisation. The output from this survey will be invaluable for us to understand what we are doing well and where we can improve. I am grateful for our teams who have led our wellbeing, diversity, inclusion and charity initiatives this year. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together. A happy and healthy team is a successful team, and I am delighted with our ‘world-class’ recognition from Best Companies.”​Founder & CEO, Matthew Eames shares:“As employers look to the future and strive to put the disruptions of the last two years behind them, successful organisations are benefiting from offering employee experiences stronger than pre-pandemic times. Our 3-star ranking is an endorsement of the people-first culture we’ve fostered. We know that employees who feel their work has meaning are more invested in our purpose and collective success. Being an Opportunity Maker is about helping one another achieve beyond our expectations, pushing and supporting each other to get the best out of our work and our lives. I love coming to work every day knowing we’re all in this together. Congratulations on this recognition, #TeamEames. I am incredibly proud.”

Eames awarded a Bronze accreditation from Clear Assured

By Matthew Eames

Awards

Eames awarded a Bronze accreditation from Clear Assured

​Clear Assured is a globally recognised inclusion standard, and we have been awarded ‘Bronze’ status for our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Clear Assured sets the direction for equality, diversity and inclusion, showing the areas that require focus in order to make the biggest impact and continually improve. There are 5 stages leading to a full Clear Assured accreditation and we began our work in 2018 when we signed on as part of the Lloyd's Inclusion Toolkit, and achieved a Foundation level accreditation. We’ve identified the need to address equality, diversity and inclusion not only from a legislative point of view, and at a baseline, but across all our policies and practices, and in the day-to-day experience of our colleagues. ​How did we achieve Bronze? Over the course of the last 12 months, we have worked closely with Clear Assured to review a number of our practices and policies and have submitted evidence that we have: Reviewed our job advert writing practices to ensure we attract a wide range of talent Reviewed our job board partners to ensure we are advertising on channels that are accessible to everyone Committed to raising awareness and providing training or all employees on good ED&I practices Updated our internal policies so that they showcase and encourage equality, diversity and inclusion well above legal standard Reviewed our complete hiring process from job descriptions through to onboarding, to ensure a diverse and inclusive approach To learn more about Clear Assured please visit their website or learn more about equality, diversity and inclusion at Eames.

We Asked #TeamEames: What are some ways you can make a small impact on the environment?

By Sheridan Muir

People

We Asked #TeamEames: What are some ways you can make a small impact on the environment?

Today offers people around the world a chance to focus on the planet and the challenges facing it. And from plastic pollution to biodiversity collapse to the climate crisis, there’s no shortage of issues to tackle. This global environmental holiday is celebrated by an estimated 1 billion people. The day is meant to serve both as a reminder of the threats to our planet and a chance to appreciate everything the Earth offers. This Earth Day, we asked #TeamEames: What are some ways you can make a small impact on the environment? Replacing a drive with a walk or cycle is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment and also allow you to appreciate what is around you and how that can lift your mood and improve your general health. Secondly is to utilise second hand or charity shops where you can. I have two small children, and the majority of their toys come from charity shops which helps reduce single-use plastic, packaging and distribution footprint. - Andrew Mackay, UKI would say be mindful when you shop. Opt for reusable products and sustainable packaging. I’m mindful of this, particularly with things like toiletries and buying take-out drinks. - Amelia Mercer, UKI try to do little things, like going a week without eating any meat every once in a while and walking part of my commute to reduce my carbon footprint. - Viveca Riley, UKWalking or using public transport instead of driving if you can! - Sophie Daniel, UKI reuse the same plastic bag every day when in the office. I also try to walk everywhere when possible. - Ben Meoded, UKGo paperless, recycle and walk or cycle instead of taking the car, although we’ve just bought an electric car to help on rainy days. - Richard Williams, UKI stick by reduce, reuse, recycle! - Kun Liang, Singapore I choose solar energy for my home! - Fairuz Abu, Singapore I try to cycle everywhere and get fewer Grabs or Ubers.- Harry Buttery, SingaporeThere are many ways we can do our part in saving the earth. For me, it is to digitalise all documents to use less paper and use fewer disposables such as eliminating the usage of plastic straws. - Jasper Ang, Singapore ‘Think global and act local.’ It sounds cliché, but it is something I think about when incorporating small actions into my day. Recycling is a big one in my house, and more recently, I have been more conscious with my online shopping after realising how much-unneeded packaging gets wasted in the process! - Rafaela Fakhre, UKIt’s awareness about the small things all adding up – and that if we all do those things, the future will be much brighter for the future generations. Single-use plastics are such an easy and obvious one. I always use reusable water bottles and shop locally where I can because they use far less packaging, products are organic, and it’s supporting local, smaller businesses to boot. - Ruth Foster, UKLooking at the ecological footprint of your food, if it has to take a number of air miles to get you your plate, it will have an increasingly negative impact on the environment. Try and have one vegan day a week to reduce your animal-based protein. Plant proteins have a much lower ecological impact, and it’s healthy too. - Abigail Moss, UKUnplug devices and appliances and turn off the lights! Recycle when you can and reuse items as much as possible. Try not to buy any single-use plastic and cycle more rather than drive. - Jessica Evans, UKWe can all do our bit for the environment, whether walking, recycling, choosing environmentally friendly packaging etc. Whilst these may seem like small things, if everyone did this, it would make a much more significant impact. - Lauren Seal, UKI walk and ride home from work, use public transport less, and be more energy efficient at home, especially as more of us are working from home. Little things like making sure the plugs are turned off and no food wastage always help. - Hazel Rowe, SingaporeI avoid printing documents and will try to use recycled paper if possible. I always try to re-use old items and see if I can do some DIY on them. I used an old dress to make a table mat on my study table and a little curtain for my book corner! - Jojo Yeung, Hong KongI try to remind myself only to use what I really need. There’s still so much wastage going on in this part of the world – plastic bags, utensils, etc. I try to put my purchases in my bags as often as possible. - Abigail Lee, SingaporeOne of the ways I try and make a small impact on the environment is by eating less meat. My partner and I once a week, try to cut out meat during our meals. - Nigel Ma, Singapore

Eames announce Macmillan Cancer Support as new charity partner

By Ruth Foster

CSR

Eames announce Macmillan Cancer Support as new charity partner

​​The business was given the opportunity to vote for our 2022 charity partner and an overwhelming majority backed the charity.

​We asked #TeamEames: What are some small ways you can make a positive impact on the environment?

By Sheridan Muir

CSR

​We asked #TeamEames: What are some small ways you can make a positive impact on the environment?

​It’s easy to think that your individual choices don’t impact the environment—after all, what can one person really change? Quite a bit, actually.Our personal decisions in our everyday life have a bigger impact on the environment more than you may think.We asked #TeamEames: What are some small ways you can make a positive impact on the environment?​"Working from home has definitely resulted in much less needless printing happening, showing us that we don’t have to rely on physical paperwork anymore. This will have a positive impact on the environment." - Daniel Warwick, Asia"Replacing a drive with a walk or cycle is a great way to reduce your impact on the environment and also allow you to appreciate what is around you and how that can lift your mood and improve your general health. Secondly is to utilise second hand or charity shops where you can. I have two small children and the majority of their toys come from charity shops which helps reduce single-use plastic, packaging and distribution footprint." - Andrew Mackay, UK"Recycling everything when possible and using reusable bags! Also, cutting down on meat is probably the most effective way to help as that’s the biggest contributor to global warming." - Jordan White, UK"Buy a reusable coffee cup. Not only does it make sense from an environmental perspective, but you can also save yourself some money with most coffee shops. Stay away from buying bottled water! I have a few reusable and recyclable bottles at home which I refill throughout the day." - Jim Freeman, UK"Walk or take public transport wherever I can, recycle and use reusable water bottles and coffee cups." - Sophie Daniel, UK"Reduce unnecessary waste by turning off electronic devices when they're not in use, avoid disposable utensils from restaurants (plastic especially). Minimise usage of printing by using electronic copies or try to use recycled paper if printing is required. Donate any used clothes or appliances and use public transport to avoid driving." - Jojo Yeung, Hong Kong"Transport: Especially living in Singapore there is rarely a need to drive, I always walk, cycle or take public transport when I can". - Matthew Jones, Singapore "Unplug devices and appliances and turn off the lights! Recycle when you can and reuse items as much as possible. Try not to buy any single-use plastic and cycle more rather than driving." - Jessica Evans, UK"I’ve recently changed my shampoo and conditioner habits to using bars. It saves on water, lasts the same amount of time as three bottles, and there is no plastic involved!  I also recycle as much as possible and try to reduce buying items that are made or packaged with unnecessary plastic. For instance, buying loose fruit and vegetables rather than packaged items." - Hannah Turner, UK"Looking at the ecological footprint of your food, if it has to take a number of air miles to get you your plate, it will have an increasingly negative impact on the environment. Try and have one vegan day a week to reduce your animal-based protein. Plant proteins have a much lower ecological impact and it’s healthy too." - Abigail Moss, UK"I always make a conscious effort to walk instead of drive wherever possible and recycle as much as I can." - Lauren Seal, UK  "Support sustainable and eco-friendly brands, use a reusable water bottle and walking or riding a bike instead of driving.​" - Natasha Richards, UK"We don’t buy any plastic toys for our daughter!" - Sanjeev Vegad, UK

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

​In this episode of Secrets of Success, partner and director, James Rydon joins me to talk about hiring, onboarding and developing junior talent, and the opportunities available when working in a niche specialism. James runs Eames' actuarial and insurance risk division in the UK. In 2021, the team will have had a record-breaking year, and are arguably the markets leading recruitment team. With over a decade of experience in recruitment, and a 6+ year career at Eames, that includes countless promotions and a rise to director, James has invaluable insight to share in this episode of Secrets of Success.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify, and your other favourite podcast platforms.​Like what you hear? Connect with James on LinkedInor reach out to hear more about opportunities at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I am joined by Alex Joslin, a new recruit at Eames in London.Alex works in our contract division, specialising in the tech market. In our candid conversation, Alex gives some very honest insight into what made him choose a career in recruitment, and how to hit the ground running in your first weeks and months in the role. This is a great listen for anyone considering a career in recruitment, or managers and leaders looking for insight into what attracts entry-level talent into the sector.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I sit down with Glen Roberts, partner & director of our UK banking and asset management division. Glen joined Eames in 2017 and had built one of Eames' most successful divisions. Glen leads from the front - a billing manager, and in 2021 will find himself in the global top ten perm billers. In this episode, Glen gives insight into hiring and onboarding experienced recruitment talent and engaging those new-to-recruitment. A great episode for any leader or manager in recruitment. Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Connect with Glen on LinkedIn or get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Vincent Yao [Episode of 7]

By Matthew Jones

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Vincent Yao [Episode of 7]

​In this episode of Secrets of Success, Matt Jones takes over as host and interviews associate director, Vincent Yao - the longest-standing Singaporean member of Team Eames!A 10+ year career with Eames and a family man, Vince gives some great advice about finding work-life balance, and why he believes it is important to be true to who you are both at home and at work. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify, and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Connect with Vince on LinkedIn or get in touch for a confidential conversation about recruitment careers at Eames in Asia: careers@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Tom Davenport [Episode 6]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Tom Davenport [Episode 6]

​In this episode of Secrets of Success, Tom Davenport demonstrates that passion is the number one key to success, and taking a genuine interest in your specialism will pay dividends. Having climbed the recruitment career ladder with pace, Tom's got a good hold on what it takes to excel at business development quite early on in his recruitment career.This 20-minute watch is worthy of the advice and insight Tom sheds on specialisation, the importance of learning as much as you can.Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify, and your other favourite podcast platforms.​​Like what you hear? Reach out to me for a confidential chat about your career on danielle.rainert@eamesconsulting.com.

Secrets of Success: Mark Thomas [Episode 1]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Mark Thomas [Episode 1]

​In this first episode of Secrets of Success, I am joined by Mark Thomas- a Director in our UK team. Mark has specialised in Technology recruitment for the entirety of his career so knows a thing or two about success through deep industry expertise. With a 12+ year career in the recruitment sector, Mark talks through climbing the ranks, to managing director at his previous company, where he joined as a grad.Mark is a very passionate business developer, and in this episode of Secrets of Success, Mark shares some great advice for those looking to tighten their skillset when it comes to working with clients.Tune in to hear Mark's secrets of success. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Connect with Mark on LinkedIn,or reach out to me for a confidential chat about your career: danielle.rainert@eamesconsulting.com.

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

​In this episode of Secrets of Success, partner and director, James Rydon joins me to talk about hiring, onboarding and developing junior talent, and the opportunities available when working in a niche specialism. James runs Eames' actuarial and insurance risk division in the UK. In 2021, the team will have had a record-breaking year, and are arguably the markets leading recruitment team. With over a decade of experience in recruitment, and a 6+ year career at Eames, that includes countless promotions and a rise to director, James has invaluable insight to share in this episode of Secrets of Success.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify, and your other favourite podcast platforms.​Like what you hear? Connect with James on LinkedInor reach out to hear more about opportunities at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I am joined by Alex Joslin, a new recruit at Eames in London.Alex works in our contract division, specialising in the tech market. In our candid conversation, Alex gives some very honest insight into what made him choose a career in recruitment, and how to hit the ground running in your first weeks and months in the role. This is a great listen for anyone considering a career in recruitment, or managers and leaders looking for insight into what attracts entry-level talent into the sector.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I sit down with Glen Roberts, partner & director of our UK banking and asset management division. Glen joined Eames in 2017 and had built one of Eames' most successful divisions. Glen leads from the front - a billing manager, and in 2021 will find himself in the global top ten perm billers. In this episode, Glen gives insight into hiring and onboarding experienced recruitment talent and engaging those new-to-recruitment. A great episode for any leader or manager in recruitment. Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Connect with Glen on LinkedIn or get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

We asked #TeamEames: How can people become better allies to the LGBTQ+ community?
We asked #TeamEames: How can people become better allies to the LGBTQ+ community?

​​We asked #TeamEames: How can people become better allies to the LGBTQ+ community?Being an ally to any community, I think it’s mostly about amplifying their voices rather than using your own. By all means signpost your support through the wearing of pin badges, lanyards or changing your email signature to reflect your stance, but still, the best thing anyone with privilege can do is lift up those who are struggling and encourage others to listen. The one area you SHOULD use your voice, however, is in publicly calling out unacceptable behaviour. Offensive language, “banter”, and poor attempts at humour at LGBTQ+ people’s expense should all be shot down loudly by allies. - Charlie Thomas, UK I think everyone has to take individual responsibility for their own learning and sometimes unlearning. A good approach is never to assume anything, appreciate that your language is important, and if you are unsure about something, be genuine, be kind and ask. - Heather Yardley, UK By participating in events and increasing understanding of the LGBTQ+ community. Education, I would say, is one of the most effective ways of being an ally. If you understand the history and what is happening currently in the community, then you can place yourself in a better position to be an effective ally. - Hannah Turner, UKCall out things they hear that are inappropriate. Often, comments are not intentionally insensitive, and flagging it to the individual in a direct but appropriate manner is the first step to changing behaviours. - Andrew Mackay, UKThere are numerous ways to be an ally, but I personally learnt to be very conscious of language and expressions or figures of speech. There are so many phrases that we never stop to actually understand the meaning of can be discriminatory. I try to police myself with those. - Rafaela Fakhre, UK As allies, we need to call out bias when we see it, but we also have a responsibility to educate ourselves. It's not the responsibility of every LGBTQ+ employee to educate their heteronormative colleagues. Hence, there has to be a willingness to learn and understand the challenges and biases that are barriers daily. Some small steps we can take are showing our pronouns in signatures and having conversations that challenge the status quo. I also think that it is important not to assume or try to force someone to share more than they're willing to. - Abigail Moss, UK It might be overly simplistic, but my belief is that we treat all people, as people. Talk to each other with respect, understanding, and as equals. We’re all human beings, and nothing else should come into it. I appreciate that more proactivity is required as it’s just (unfortunately) not as straightforward as that. But, if we all approached all interactions that way, wouldn’t we be a step further forwards? - Ruth Foster, UK

Promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace

By Sarah Roebuck

Diversity and Inclusion

Promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace

​To celebrate #PrideMonth, we have brought together some of the LGBTQ+ community from within the reinsurance and insurance market on a 3-part special of The GRID Podcast (from Eames Partnership).Each episode explores topics that provide insight, advice and opinion on how to promote LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace. From rainbow washing to pronouns, our expert panel get candid and provide some thoughtful opinon with our host, Charlie Thomas.Join Adam Triggs, chair of Pride and Allies at Lloyd's, David Anderson, US head of cyber at McGill and Partners, Theresa Farrenson, customer experience and integration lead at Aon,, and Erik Johnson, incoming active underwriter at MIC Global on Apple, Spotify and other podcast platforms.

We Asked #TeamEames: How can companies make employees feel safe to bring their authentic selves to work?
We Asked #TeamEames: How can companies make employees feel safe to bring their authentic selves to work?

​Striving to create a safe space and belonging in the workplace for your employees to bring their whole authentic selves to work should be on the top of your agenda. It creates a better environment and experience for both employees and clients and feeling like you can be yourself at work improves employee engagement, empowerment, trust, relationships, and happiness.We Asked #TeamEames: How can companies make employees feel safe to bring their authentic selves to work? Lead from the front, make sure executives are open and transparent and create a culture of accountability that employees feel they will be supported if they flag things they find uncomfortable or inappropriate. This is especially important in a sales business or teams which are one gender dominant. - Andrew Mackay, Eames Consulting. UKI think the key word here is “safe”. Good things for employers to do to encourage that “safe” feeling include seeking regular feedback from their staff through open-door policies, suggestion boxes, anonymous reporting lines as well as town halls and more formal structures to allow staff to feel listened to when they have a grievance or concern. And then, almost more importantly, you need to be able to act on that feedback and show the staff you take their issues seriously. Being transparent on where you are with your inclusion journey is essential to gain trust from individuals, along with making measurable, regularly monitored pledges to fix things that you know are hampering staff from being themselves in the workplace. Practices, where you encourage collectively working on a problem, rather than solutions being handed down from a myopic decision-maker, can also foster a view that the firm is genuinely interested in staff and their views, and openly celebrating success and highlighting where someone’s difference has been the driver behind that success can also be helpful. - Charlie Thomas, Eames Partnership, UKThat starts long before an individual becomes an employee. We have to be honest and authentic in an interview about how we create an inclusive environment and then make sure that is the “lived experience” when someone joins us. Having an open culture, where we discuss and embrace difference, encourages people to be themselves at work and have that sense of belonging. - Ruth Foster, Eames Group, UKThis is a challenge, as what would make one person feel safe isn't necessarily going to make another feel safe. So it's important to build an inclusive culture and ensure there is continual discussion and support for everyone regardless of their sexuality and gender expression. - Abigail Moss, Eames Consulting, UKEncouraging a supportive environment right from the top. If authentic leadership is demonstrated, this will trickle down into the company culture. I think having as diverse a workplace as possible is important, somewhere where everyone feels welcomed. - Heather Yardley, Eames Consulting, UKBy creating an inclusive and supportive environment. - Hannah Turner, Eames Consulting, UKCompanies should be active with their support of diversity in the workplace. They could provide training and education for their employees on LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace. At Eames, we had a very awakening session with LINK, an LGBTQ+ insurance network. It is a small step, but I genuinely think it would contribute to employees feeling safe in bringing their authentic selves to work. - Rafaela Fakhre, Eames Consulting, UKBy having zero tolerance towards discrimination and providing education and support awareness campaigns on being inclusive. - Elmer Tan, Eames Consulting, Singapore

   Curtis Browning promoted to manager on the Actuarial team in London

By James Rydon

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Curtis Browning promoted to manager on the Actuarial team in London

​We are delighted to announce the promotion of Curtis Browning to manager on the Actuarial and Catastrophe Risk team in London. Curtis joined Eames almost five years ago and has been a key member of the team, bringing in multiple opportunities and supporting the team significantly through their own career journeys. James Rydon, partner and director, shares: “A very much-deserved promotion following his excellent work in supporting the growth of the actuarial team, and the inception of our catastrophe modelling offering.   His performance has been nothing short of impressive, he’s managed the catastrophe modelling team in delivering some fantastic results and continued to help develop a member of his team into one of the leading personal lines recruiters in the market. It’s been amazing to see Curtis’ career develop over the years, since joining Eames as an associate consultant into becoming a brilliant manager with a superb team. Congratulations!” ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​James Conn promoted to senior principal on the Compliance team in London

By Liam O'Mahoney

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​James Conn promoted to senior principal on the Compliance team in London

We are delighted to announce the promotion of James Conn to senior principal on the Compliance team in London. James joined Eames Consulting in January 2021 and, since then, has put in an exceptional performance with his pipeline looking even better for what remains of H1 2022. Liam O’Mahoney, partner and associate director shares: “James has demonstrated a number of new client wins for Eames and I don’t doubt there will be more to add before the year is out. Aside from James’ performance, he is a valued member of the compliance desk and the banking and asset management division. I look forward to supporting you through your continued success here at Eames. Congratulations!”

​Sarah Tan promoted to principal consultant on the technology team in Singapore

By Elmer Tan

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​Sarah Tan promoted to principal consultant on the technology team in Singapore

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Sarah Tan to principal consultant on the technology team in Singapore. Sarah joined Eames Consulting as a senior consultant in January 2021 as an experienced cyber security consultant and made her mark straight away with her high performance. Elmer Tan, partner and associate director shares: “Since joining the business, she became a mother to her beautiful daughter and still had placements coming through whilst on maternity leave, which is a testament to the hard work and strong relationships she has invested into. Since returning from maternity leave, she has shown her capability with a healthy pipeline for the following months to come! Sarah has been a great role model for the team, leading by example in client and candidate management. She has managed to secure exclusive roles and even candidates who will specifically only work with her. Her drive to succeed has been evident, and she consistently applies her knowledge in recruitment to have complete control of her processes. I look forward to seeing what else you will achieve with us here at Eames. Congratulations!"

We've been shortlisted for two Recruiter Awards

By Sarah Roebuck

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We've been shortlisted for two Recruiter Awards

​​​The Recruiter Awards are widely recognised as the benchmark for excellence within the recruitment industry and profession. The UK’s most prestigious honours in recruitment recognise best practice and celebrate the great work and achievement across the sector.We're delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories at the 2022 awards. Best Back Office Operation - a category we've had a nomination in the last 7 years running.Best Banking & Financial Services Recruitment Agency - a prize we took home last year, at the 2021 awardsOf our award nominations, Founder & CEO, Matthew Eames shared:"I'm thrilled to see us recognised again by Recruiter. The service delivered by our Corporate Services (back office) teams plays a critical part in the overall value Eames delivers to its candidates, clients and stakeholders. A nomination for the Best Back Office Operation is a great nod to the work our HR & Operations, Finance, Marketing, Talent Acquisition and Learning & Development teams do. I'm equally delighted to have the opportunity to retain our crown in the Best Banking & Financial Services Recruitment Agency category - we pride ourselves on specialisation, with professional expertise being one of our core values. This nomination is a testament to the fundamental work our consultants to do support the wider financial services markets. Fingers crossed!"

​Eames Group ranked as a world-class place to work on 2022 Best Companies list

By Ruth Foster

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​Eames Group ranked as a world-class place to work on 2022 Best Companies list

Eames Group has received a three-star accreditation from Best Companies, highlighting us as a world-class place to work. The three-star accreditation is the highest standard of workplace engagement you can receive. We prioritised employee well-being and fostered a culture of inclusion, purpose, expertise and empathy. In return, our employees spoke in volume in our annual employee engagement survey. Over 100 individuals from #TeamEames from across the globe shared their views on life at Eames, and we’re thrilled to learn employee engagement is at its highest in our 20-year history. From listening to feedback from our employees, we sought to improve in areas that supported employees' lives at work, and at home and saw a marked 6% improvement in ‘workplace wellbeing’ and ‘giving something back’ since we completed the survey in 2021 Our agile working environment enables our team to prioritise what’s important to them, regardless of their job style or where they work. Wellness programmes have encouraged employees to seek work-life balance and prioritise their health and wellbeing. We’ve been able to open up the conversation around mental health and reduce the stigma around asking for help. Best Companies also recognised our ability to connect our values and goals to our team and ensure that our work has meaning and purpose. Opportunity Makers serves to guide every member of #TeamEames to helping one another achieve beyond our expectations, pushing and supporting each other to get the best out of our work and our lives. 100% of our team said their work is an important part of their life. ​Speaking of our ranking as a 'world-class' employer, Chief People Officer Ruth Foster shared: “True employee wellbeing goes beyond surface-level perks. We strive to foster a workplace that celebrates diversity, belonging, trust and purpose. For Opportunity to happen, we must stay true to our values, and keep focused on our people. Feedback from our employees is vital for us to continue to create opportunity as an organisation. The output from this survey will be invaluable for us to understand what we are doing well and where we can improve. I am grateful for our teams who have led our wellbeing, diversity, inclusion and charity initiatives this year. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved together. A happy and healthy team is a successful team, and I am delighted with our ‘world-class’ recognition from Best Companies.”​Founder & CEO, Matthew Eames shares:“As employers look to the future and strive to put the disruptions of the last two years behind them, successful organisations are benefiting from offering employee experiences stronger than pre-pandemic times. Our 3-star ranking is an endorsement of the people-first culture we’ve fostered. We know that employees who feel their work has meaning are more invested in our purpose and collective success. Being an Opportunity Maker is about helping one another achieve beyond our expectations, pushing and supporting each other to get the best out of our work and our lives. I love coming to work every day knowing we’re all in this together. Congratulations on this recognition, #TeamEames. I am incredibly proud.”

Eames awarded a Bronze accreditation from Clear Assured

By Matthew Eames

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Eames awarded a Bronze accreditation from Clear Assured

​Clear Assured is a globally recognised inclusion standard, and we have been awarded ‘Bronze’ status for our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Clear Assured sets the direction for equality, diversity and inclusion, showing the areas that require focus in order to make the biggest impact and continually improve. There are 5 stages leading to a full Clear Assured accreditation and we began our work in 2018 when we signed on as part of the Lloyd's Inclusion Toolkit, and achieved a Foundation level accreditation. We’ve identified the need to address equality, diversity and inclusion not only from a legislative point of view, and at a baseline, but across all our policies and practices, and in the day-to-day experience of our colleagues. ​How did we achieve Bronze? Over the course of the last 12 months, we have worked closely with Clear Assured to review a number of our practices and policies and have submitted evidence that we have: Reviewed our job advert writing practices to ensure we attract a wide range of talent Reviewed our job board partners to ensure we are advertising on channels that are accessible to everyone Committed to raising awareness and providing training or all employees on good ED&I practices Updated our internal policies so that they showcase and encourage equality, diversity and inclusion well above legal standard Reviewed our complete hiring process from job descriptions through to onboarding, to ensure a diverse and inclusive approach To learn more about Clear Assured please visit their website or learn more about equality, diversity and inclusion at Eames.

Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

By Danielle Rainert

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Secrets of Success: James Rydon [Episode 20]

​In this episode of Secrets of Success, partner and director, James Rydon joins me to talk about hiring, onboarding and developing junior talent, and the opportunities available when working in a niche specialism. James runs Eames' actuarial and insurance risk division in the UK. In 2021, the team will have had a record-breaking year, and are arguably the markets leading recruitment team. With over a decade of experience in recruitment, and a 6+ year career at Eames, that includes countless promotions and a rise to director, James has invaluable insight to share in this episode of Secrets of Success.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify, and your other favourite podcast platforms.​Like what you hear? Connect with James on LinkedInor reach out to hear more about opportunities at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Alex Joslin [Episode 19]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I am joined by Alex Joslin, a new recruit at Eames in London.Alex works in our contract division, specialising in the tech market. In our candid conversation, Alex gives some very honest insight into what made him choose a career in recruitment, and how to hit the ground running in your first weeks and months in the role. This is a great listen for anyone considering a career in recruitment, or managers and leaders looking for insight into what attracts entry-level talent into the sector.Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

By Danielle Rainert

Secrets of Success

Secrets of Success: Glen Roberts [Episode 18]

​​In this episode of Secrets of Success, I sit down with Glen Roberts, partner & director of our UK banking and asset management division. Glen joined Eames in 2017 and had built one of Eames' most successful divisions. Glen leads from the front - a billing manager, and in 2021 will find himself in the global top ten perm billers. In this episode, Glen gives insight into hiring and onboarding experienced recruitment talent and engaging those new-to-recruitment. A great episode for any leader or manager in recruitment. Tune in now. Watch the full episode below, or tune in on Apple, Spotify,and your other favourite podcast platforms.Like what you hear? Connect with Glen on LinkedIn or get in touch with Danni to explore careers at Eames: danielle.rainert@eames-group.com.

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