Over the past 55 years, Randstad has grown from a two-man operation in The Netherlands, to the world’s largest HR services company. Despite its evolution, the recruiter remains fiercely protective of its culture – built around empathy, intuition and instinct. Randstad is an expert in helping jobseekers find fulfilling and prosperous careers – whether it is in their first ever job, or a move to a more senior position – and will assist with the application, interview and negotiation processes.
After an initial meeting to discuss Randstad’s requirements with esphr’s sales director, Russell Guest, the wider team set to work – getting to know the likes and dislikes of their new customer’s HR function, along with exploring the areas where the two firms might work best together.
Since the companies first kick-started the partnership in 2018, they have tackled several complex ER cases, and managed to resolve each case with an amicable solution for both parties. As a brand, it is important for Randstad to find a solution which both the employee and employer are happy with – as a tribunal would be a failure of the relationship the ER team wants to foster with the workforce.
On a day-to-day basis, the team relies on esphr’s online employment law and HR resources to improve efficiencies with the everyday tasks, while the monthly news updates – which include changing legislation and landmark cases – provide a user-friendly insight into important legal information, aiding professional development.
Additionally, esphr’s ER case management system, MyHRCases, enables Graham Trevor, HR Director (UK&I) at Randstad UK to understand where there may be a knowledge gap within the team and organise proactive internal training sessions accordingly.
It is very rare to find someone who genuinely appreciates what we want to achieve – and what matters to us as a brand – and tailors a solution around that. esphr offered a business solution which carried longevity and truly understood what I was looking for in terms of support.
Randstad’s HR team is not employed to be reactive, but to focus on pro-active and forward thinking solutions, so that we can provide the very best working conditions for our team – something that esphr understands instinctively. Furthermore, the team has had a significant impact on our own efficiencies too – the speed which we get solid, practical and relevant advice is second-to-none.
Simply put, everyone at esphr is open and honest and wants to help make your working life better – in both the short and long-term. This is the way all business relationships should be. I do not want to change supplier every few years. esphr offers security and sustainability and I look forward to working with them in the future.
HR Director (UK&I), Randstad UK