Known for her environmentally and socially conscious ways of working, today we’re chatting with Astriid Trustee Camilla Faith. From her background in HR, she shares her thoughts on the benefits of flexible working practice for both employers and employees, as well as advice for prospective talent seeking opportunities in her own sector.
Hi, I’m Camilla Faith. My current role is HR Director for an organisation operating globally in property, agriculture and agri-technology investment. Our aim is to optimise social and commercial outcomes for every investment. My hobby is planting trees with the aim to plant 500 a year, and my total currently stands at 5000!
Two things, the most important of which was knowing David Shutts and what an amazing inspiration he was. Secondly, my current organisation raised £300m and built a state-of-the-art physical and mental rehabilitation centre for serving members of the armed forces. Doing so made me wonder… once people have completed their rehabilitation, what happens next? How do those who are able to work find meaningful employment? Astriid is a great solution.
Absolutely. Offering some form of flexible working is essential for organisations to ensure they can attract the very best talent, including chronically ill people. Research also shows that teams with some members who work flexibly are more efficient because they have to get the work done in a timeframe, and doing so drives their colleagues to deliver too.
I’d like to see employers think of Astriid candidates first when they are looking to resource for tasks and opportunities. The Astriid platform is easy to use and has a great source of skills. It would be great to see it become more and more utilised in various sectors.
Good question. Apart from using Astriid of course – my experience suggests that getting any job is dependent on your network. Use your networking skills until you find someone in the industry and then ask them to introduce you to the relevant department – arrange a meeting, either in person or remotely, then persuade them to introduce you to the HR Department. As you can see it takes time and energy, but it may well be worth it.