Not easy. Like job hunting. Seeking for the right partner never is. But worthwhile when both sides are genuinely looking for the right match.
CCQ needs people of high calibre and particular skills. Like other small companies, it cannot match the multinationals in straight financial terms. But it can offer rewards which they cannot. Such as working from home. Wherever home may be. Flexibility in hours. And so on. Prospective employees too have their own needs as well as their own skill sets and experiences. Continue reading
Some people communicate too much. Like the J.P.S. Constantly expressing her faintest wish or whim loudly and ceaselessly. I doubt things will improve now that she has discovered Skype. Her Norfolk Terrier friend Mouse lives 70 miles away. Both were thrilled to find they could continue their noisy discussions despite the distance. Well, it is cheaper than using the telephone I suppose… Continue reading
Computer ConQuest Ltd has celebrated its tenth birthday: time for congratulations. After all, 40% of all newly-created companies last less than ten years. (http://www.businessweek.com/chapter/degeus.htm ). The same article lists factors common to the longest lived companies (and here we are talking of centuries, not decades, rare though such companies are). Continue reading
With all the Christmas and New Year parties over, late January is a good time for taking stock. Round here it started with the J.P.S. and her friend the Retired Paper Shredder. Both were summoned to see the vet. They both rate him highly. Call him The Wizard. Really friendly and encouraging. Always pleased to see them. They reciprocate. Especially as he keeps a jar of biscuits in Reception.
They were weighed, fully examined and given their annual boosters. Neither complained about the sharp prick of the needle. The medicine man was positive. Both were in excellent form. The Pensioner better than a year ago. Continue reading
Things can only get better. That was how it seemed by Blue Monday evening. No sooner had I corrected the duff link to Get Rummage (should have been http://getrummage.com/alpha/YmEpvhXERs) than the Junior Paper Shredder appeared. She was looking pretty blue herself. Not her colour – she is a Dandie Dinmont and Dandie Dinmonts come in two alternative colour schemes. One is Pepper, a sort of blueish colour. The other is Mustard, which is what the JPS is supposed to be. More in mood. She clearly had a complaint.
She had just heard apparently that the following day was to be the CCQ office party. No literary discussions this year. They were off to drive ATVs in deep mud, then shoot clay pigeons. Continue reading
The office Christmas party. My one chance to get to know the team. I knew Hugh and Rob of course, but the others were often just email correspondents or voices on Skype. Not pictures. I always keep the camera turned off.
An interesting rotating group. Multicultural. With origins from China to Greece, from India to the United States, the majority have been male and under 45. Judging from the applicants whenever we have advertised a job, this is par for the course in IT. In our experience, those who buck the trend have been excellent. Continue reading
This was the scary bit. C.C.Q. had two bosses. Hugh and Rob.
A Board of Directors. Hugh, Rob, James and me.
Background advice and support. Rob’s family.
Even professional advisers. A Solicitor (later changed) and an Accountant. He is a family connection too.
But no employees. (Unless you count the Junior Paper Shredder).