After 25 years in the corporate world, Pauline Weddell decided to set out on her own so that she could offer affordable HR services to SMEs (small to medium enterprises). She told us, “I'm passionate about helping individuals and organisations to learn new things and to grow!” Learn To Grow was born.
Since the start of lockdown, Pauline and her team have been supporting furloughed workers. For those whose roles have been made redundant, they provide practical and emotional support to help them move into a new role as quickly as possible. Learn To Grow can also assist with career coaching, including CV review and interview preparation.
The team adapted to our less-than-ideal circumstances by becoming experts at delivering virtual training sessions. “It's been great to still be able to offer this service. Instead of meeting our clients face-to-face we do most of our coaching and mentoring via social media now.” Pauline gives credit to the adaptability of her “amazing clients” too and recognises fellow small business champions Effective Now as “brilliant guys with a real people focus.” We’re all in this together, Edinburgh.
In fact, Pauline is pretty positive about her experience of lockdown. “We've been a lot more creative in looking at new ways of delivering our services.” What’s particularly striking is all the new skills that have been learned, from meetings and training via Zoom to establishing a lot more kindness and empathy towards colleagues and clients.
These days though, attention is turning to what we can do once lockdown is over. For people-orientated businesses like Pauline’s, those halcyon days of get-togethers can’t come soon enough. So it’s no surprise that her plans are simple: “to throw a party for my friends and family!”
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