Shane Webster

Director at Seventy9

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It's been quite a busy week at the good ship Seventy9, after the 'lull' of last week. Things noticeably slowed down a lot in the run up to the Jubilee, with many people away on holiday. I suspect given the two Bank Holidays, a lot of people (including myself) took Mon-Wed off so only lost three days of their holiday whilst enjoying a nine day break.

Since I last blogged, we have set live. So please 'check it out'. We have very much enjoyed working on this project and like I always say, I hope that the client is happy with the end result. We have also started working on a handful of new social media projects with clients, so a quick shout out here... if you are looking for some help with your social media strategy/presence then you know where to find us!

Today (Friday 10/6) we have a meeting to discuss our recruitment strategy. I have a few ideas but nothing set in stone. I touched on this last time, that recruitment is currently extremely difficult due to a massive shortage of available candidates. This I know is an issue faced by pretty much all companies and has been hot topic on the news for some time. Putting together an expansive plan to grow a business always relies on bringing more people into the equation, it's a very tough balancing act and one that is now considerably harder than at any time I've ever been involved in this area (going back 17 years). It's particularly difficult in our industry given that many people have moved into freelance/self employed status as a result of the pandemic (in my opinion), but I know from my own experience that it's very tough being a freelancer with the juggling act of 'doing the work versus seeking new work'. I *think* that the tide will turn in the coming months now there is less uncertainty as we have now emerged from the last two years of lockdowns, but time will tell as to whether I am right or wrong on this.

I am also finding it that more and more people are wanting to go back to face to face meetings. We all got used to having much more time on our hands due to the much more efficient way of attending meetings (virtual) and it's become a bit of a culture shock to have to factor in travelling time on a day to day basis after two years of sitting behind a screen! I do not think we will ever go back to how it was, but at some point soon we will find out where the line is drawn. Anyone's guess!

Outside of work

Outside of work, I enjoyed a week away with my family in our holiday home on the East Coast. We are back again next weekend... and the weekend after! This weekend is 'show time' for my drama and arts loving 12-year-old son... so we are having a weekend at 'head office' in our home in Rushden. Gives me an opportunity to continue working the land at our allotment (!) and watching some decent sport on TV. Northampton Saints have a huge play off game tomorrow, England play tomorrow evening (thankfully that's it for football for a few weeks then... even I need a break from it!) and then of course the Grand Prix on Sunday. Last night I took my lad to the cricket and enjoyed watching another thumping win from the Steelbacks. Then on Monday I'm playing squash for the first time in two months after my injury (tendonitis) which I *think* has now pretty much fixed itself. I've been very lucky over the years with my fitness, two months is by far the longest I've been unable to play the sport I love due to physical issues. Can't wait...

Have a good weekend folks - I'll think of something to bore you with again in a weeks time!

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