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Maternity Leave Cover – Congleton, Cheshire

By Jobs, News, Vacancies

Temporary – Full time. Monday to Friday 9-5 – Until 30th June 2021. 

The role 

Acorn Occupational Health are currently on the lookout for a self-motivated Business Assistant to offer temporary cover for maternity leave. Responsibilities of the role will include, but are not limited to; account management, customer sales support, report auditing and general administrative responsibilities. You will join a friendly and welcoming team who work together to provide a quality and effective service to our customers. Within the role you will be in daily contact with customers to arrange work, promote our services and assist with any problems that may occur. 

About the company 

Founded in 2005, Acorn are a close knit, supportive and fast-growing occupational health provider. As a business, we help to support the health and wellbeing of employees throughout the UK. We are proud to have received several awards and highly recognised accreditations as a result of our high level of service within the industry. You will join a dynamic and agile company who continually strive for excellence.   

The successful candidate will: 

  • Be a confident user of Microsoft 365.
  • Have previous experience working in an office environment. 
  • Experience in a sales/customer services focused role. 
  • Be a positive and forward thinking individual. 
  • Have solid organisational skills and take pride in the quality of work they produce. 
  • Be a problem solver. 

Desirable skills (but not essential): 

  • Previous experience with document/report auditing.
  • Experience within the occupational health/healthcare industry.

Why join an award-winning company? 

  • 25 days holiday (per annum) 
  • Pension 
  • Subsidised health cash plan with perks 
  • Employee Assistance Programme 
  • Learning & Development opportunities 

If you feel that you are well suited to the above role, we would love to hear from you! To apply, please follow the link to Indeed. We will then be in touch with our application form. 

Indeed: https://bit.ly/3bIPuYh 

No agencies – we are not accepting unsolicited calls or CV’s.  

Guidance For People Working From Home

By Guidance, News

A nurse from our team at Acorn has prepared the following guidance to anyone working from home.

There can be many benefits to an employee for working from home including increased flexibility, improved productivity, reduced travel costs, enhanced work life balance and a comfortable working environment. There are however things to consider in order to maintain your health,  well-being and productivity when working from home. Employees working from home are ideally: happy in their own company, self-disciplined and motivated, resilient, able to work without supervision and are able to separate work from home life.

Please see below some points to consider when working from home.

Ensure you have a dedicated work area. If using a laptop, consider having separate mouse and keyboard and continue good principles of good Display Screen Equipment (DSE) posture. If possible and available, use a computer desk and chair and sit with your back supported and arms horizontal to the keyboard.

Make the most of technology

There are many programs, apps and tools available to make it faster and easier to cross tasks off your to-do list. Use these tools to your advantage by setting reminders to be sure you accomplish everything on your list. Keep connected with other colleagues through use of Skype, Zoom and Whats App groups.

Be mindful of of technology distractions – There are so many things you can do with internet access — Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, etc. The time you spend “screen sucking” during work hours translates into more time you’ll need to work when you should be done for the day. Occasional checks are okay but try to restrict these during working hours or use a timer to be sure an hour hasn’t passed without you noticing.

Take regular breaks

Breaks are crucial, even if it’s just to walk to the kitchen to refresh your coffee or check the mailbox, a change of scenery can greatly improve your ability to focus and concentrate. Just a few minutes of thinking about something other than work can help to re-energise and focus. This will also allow you to avoid eye strain and keep those headaches at bay.

Plan ahead

Schedule appointments and personal activities at the beginning or end of the day, whenever possible, as you would if you were working in an office. It’s more efficient to go to the dentist early in the morning and work a little later, rather than stopping your work flow in the middle of the day.

Making a to-do list whilst planning will help to prepare what you can to ensure that you can hit the ground running. It will help to kick start the day smoothly.

Enforce willpower

It can be difficult to work from home when you’re surrounded by chores you could do and hobbies or activities you enjoy. Add these into the planning of your day if required, but set boundaries for yourself so that you are continuing to enforce the correct balance when working from home.

General well-being

  • Eat Healthy – Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and drink 6 glasses of water each day. Try to avoid the easily accessible snacks where possible.
  • Exercise – Try to perform 30 minutes of exercise, 5 times per week. This can be a walk at lunch time or yoga in the morning, try something new.
  • Social Contact – Keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues via telephone or Skype.
  • Sleep well – Try to have 7 to 8 hours sleep per night and do not look at monitors and screens prior to bedtime.

Everyone works differently, but hopefully these points will help to guide you in the right direction when working from home.