Kicking off our The New Face of Recruitment: Female Leaders Paving the Way is Sinead Connolly, Director and Co-Founder of boutique Sydney agency Lotus People, which she founded in 2015 with her then business partner Laura Hopes and investors, SustainAbility Consulting.
Sinead has acquired an impressive list of awards, both individually and for her agency, including being the 2019 Winner of the Recruitment International Awards’ Best Small Agency and picking up their 2018 award for Recruiter of the Year.
Lotus People is a thriving agency where Sinead has worked hard to ensure staff at all levels of the organisation enjoy work-life balance with an ongoing commitment to implementing wellbeing programs with meaningful outcomes.
Here Sinead talks with the co-founders of Australian Women in Recruitment, Hannah Kissel, LinkedIn’s Regional Sales Manager - Head of SMB (Staffing ANZ), and Clara McCarthy, LinkedIn Search and Staffing Enterprise Relationship Manager, about her own struggles with health issues and why she insists the mental and physical wellbeing of staff should be a priority for every business.
Lotus People was named the 2017 winner of the Recruitment International Awards (RIA) Best Small Agency to Work For and has been a consistent finalists in similar categories for other awards. Why?
When Laura and I started the business, we made creating a workplace where staff are able to come in and be themselves and achieve their best a priority in what we do. When we set up Lotus People there was a real gap in the market in bringing that mentality of balance. Laura left after the first year but I have continued with this as part of my journey of discovering balance and what it means and the results show at Lotus People. We also have a very real focus on staff being authentic. I’m not super corporate and we wanted to be in an environment that didn’t feel stiff and required us to be a ‘work version’ of ourselves. In Lotus, everyone comes to work and is fully themselves. Instead of having that work version of yourself, you can just come in and be yourself and that was the idea behind it. It all ties in with culture and environment and balance and it’s all quite holistic. Being authentic helps the bottom line.
How are clients with that level of authenticity from you and your team?
They respond very well to it. It translates into more real and aut