Happy 1st Birthday to us!

CP Staffing and Events celebrates its 1st Birthday after officially launching in February 2020!

A mixed bag of emotions to say the least, no one could have predicted or expected what challenges and hurdles 2020 would

throw at us. As a new start up and during a pandemic, we kept our spirits high, kept our head above water and survived through perseverance. I’m extremely proud of the efforts and support of the team with what we did achieve during

the challenging first 12 months.

A big Thank you to, Tina Marie Cahill Adrian Cahill Janet Wilks

As an NLP practitioner, a lot of the work I do focuses on the Reticular Activating System or RAS for short. Simply put (I like to keep things simple) the RAS is the brain’s information filtering system and each person’s RAS is unique to them.

We receive so much information at any given time, if this system did not exist, we would go into overload. The system works by filtering all the information we receive, then files it either in our unconscious or conscious mind, based on what makes sense to us according to our perspective of the world, through our beliefs, values, conditioning etc. Pretty good system.

RAS acts as a kind of door between the unconscious and conscious mind. Everything deemed not to make sense, useless, not relevant, goes straight into the unconscious and the door is closed. Leaving us with the information we can understand and makes sense to us, according to our view of the world.

 It is important to remember, our perspective of the world is totally unique to us. We all experience the world in a way that is completely individual to us!  (Hence a well known saying in NLP “The map is not the territory.”)

To give an example, if you buy a new car that is red, it seems all of a sudden that every other car you see on the road is red. It’s not that they’ve been in hiding waiting to pounce as soon as you got a red car, it’s just that you didn’t notice them before, as your focus was not on a red car, (unless of course your previous car was red!) so previous information you received that related to red cars was dumped in the unconscious mind, courtesy of your RAS.

Then when you became the proud owner of a red car, it became relevant to you, so information your brain received relating to red cars got promoted to the conscious mind and hey presto, you started seeing a lot of red cars!(And you will be thinking about red cars now, because I’ve mentioned them quite a bit!!). The red cars were always there, you just didn’t see them, as they were not relevant to you, so you didn’t focus on them!

 When you think about the things that you want in life which for you may be success, a wonderful job, money, happiness, great relationships, it is exactly the same principle. If you are not focusing on or not sure what it is you want, you will not be aware, not notice and will miss the opportunities, people, places and everything that is relevant to you achieving what you want in life.  However, as in the case of the red cars, they are still there, you are just not seeing them! As soon as you do, your RAS will spring into action!!

It’s generally easier for us to think about what we don’t want in our lives! Maybe a little trickier to think about what we really do want!! However, thinking this way can really hold us back from living the life we’d love to live!! So……..

Do not think of a pink elephant!!!!

I guarantee you are now thinking about a pink elephant!!! The brain is a tricky piece of kit!! It has to think about what it has been told not to think about, in order not to think about it!! (With me so far?) It does not compute a negative!! So when I am telling you not to think about a pink elephant, your brain does not hear “not” it just hears “Do think of a pink elephant!”

 You probably will have experienced this for yourself! Ever been out for dinner in a white top said to yourself “Don’t drop food on it!” And of course you do? Or carried mugs of coffees and said to yourself “Don’t spill them!” And as if by magic, that’s exactly what happens? It’s all down to the brain not being able to recognise the negative command you gave yourself and just hears “Drop food on it!” or “Spill them!” It is not you being clumsy, it is your brain carrying out your command in the only way it knows how! I’m sure you can think of a few examples of your own!

So if you are thinking about all the things you don’t want, your brain will just take that as what you do want!

I don’t want to be ill.

I don’t want to be broke.

I don’t want to be out of work.

I don’t want to be unhappy.

And the brain will do its job and your ever efficient RAS will throw all the things relevant to being ill, broke, out of work, unhappy out of the unconscious mind and into the conscious mind, as that is where your focus is! The exact opposite of what you want!

There is a great exercise that will help you think about what you do want, if you are not too sure, rather than what you don’t want! And then your focus will shift!

Draw a line down the middle of a piece of paper. On the left hand side head it “What I don’t want.” and on the right hand side the heading “What I do want.”

Start listing all the things you don’t want such as “I don’t want to be ill” “I don’t want to be broke” etc., whatever you don’t want in your life write it down on your list!

Once you have completed your list of what you don’t want, then you turn your attention to what you do want! Which is the exact opposite!   So for instance if the first thing on the left hand side is “I don’t want to be ill” then the opposite of that is “I want to be healthy” which you write down on the right hand side as the first thing. Continue doing this all the way down your list until you have completed the “What I do want” column as the exact opposite of everything you have listed in the “What I don’t want” column.

And then you cross off, rub out, everything on your “What I don’t want” list and now you are left with your positively stated and completed “What I do want” list.

 All you have to do then is focus on those things you want. Imagine them! Visualise! What will you be seeing, hearing and feeling? What will you be doing? Where will you be? What will be happening? What will people be saying to you?

When you do that, the door is opened! Your RAS is activated, which will then filter all the info you receive relating to what you are focused on into the right place, the conscious mind. When that happens, not only has the door opened, your mind has opened.

 It’s opened up to possibilities, opportunities and ways on how you can get what you want, because your RAS is working in its usual efficient way and filing everything relevant to what you are focused on in the conscious mind. So what you couldn’t see previously, you can now see clearly!

So get your RAS dazzling and get the results you want!

Article written by Janet Wilks, NLP Practioner and work coach

Confidence is having a belief in yourself and your ability. You may be the most confident person in the world on a day to day basis, until something throws a spanner in the works!

Job interviews can have a way of doing this! Particularly at this present time with job losses and redundancies, there is more competition than ever to land that role! So understandably those normally high confidence levels you usually have can take a little tumble with the interview not going as well as you hoped, resulting in disappointment at not getting it and confidence levels taking another tumble!

It may be that you don’t have any confidence in yourself or your abilities, so shy away from applying for roles that you would love to go for, or maybe you do apply, get to the interview stage but believe “I am not good enough!” or “I’d never get it!” And then Surprise! Surprise! Just to prove you right you don’t!!

Confidence is about knowing yourself and being yourself. It’s about being authentic and true to yourself.

Anchoring is an excellent NLP technique that enables you to get into the most powerful positive state, for a particular task or event such as a job interview and then being able to access that state, exactly when you need it!

When you hear a song and it brings back memories of a particular time and the thoughts and feelings associated with those memories that is anchoring! It may be someone that you see that does it, or the touch of something, those memories and thoughts come flooding back without even trying!!

And the good thing is you can create an anchor for confidence! How good would that be to go into an interview with?

Everything we experience is due to information we take in through our senses. Seeing (visual), hearing (auditory), feelings and touch (kinaesthetic), smell (olfactory), and taste (gustatory). In NLP we call these modalities. Then each of these are broken down into elements of those senses such as a picture being bright or dark, a sound be loud or soft and so on and these are known as submodalities.

To give you an understanding of how powerful anchoring is, here is an example.

Creating a Confidence Anchor

Think of a time when you were at your most confident. (If for any reason you cannot think of a time, imagine what it would be like to be confident).

Once you are aware of the image, sounds and feelings, the aim is to make that confident state as powerful as possible.

To do this, we use the submodalities. So for instance, if you are seeing a picture (visualising), is the image bright or dull? Is it in colour or black and white? Is it in focus or out of focus? If you are using hearing (auditory) is the volume loud or quiet? High or low pitch? Is the tone good or not? If you are using feeling/touch (kinaesthetic) is it warm or cold? Rough or smooth? Heavy or light? And what are you feeling?

So you want to notice the visual, auditory and kinaesthetic that make the feeling stronger. (Tip: You may find it useful to imagine you are holding a TV remote control in your hand, so you are able to turn up/down colour, brightness, volume, heat, happy, etc.)

Notice how the feeling moves through your body and build the feeling as it moves.

As you concentrate on the feeling, continue to adjust the submodalities (using your remote control) and build the experience. Check on a scale of 1-10 how strong it is (1 weakest 10 strongest). When you are at 8, lightly press your thumb and forefinger together and continue to press until the feeling is at its most powerful. (10). (Pressing the thumb and finger together is called the trigger and can be used discreetly! You could choose another trigger but probably not a good idea to go into an interview pressing your finger on your nose or pulling on your ear!!)

Take a break for a minute or so to “Break State.” (Think of something else).

To test the anchor Press the same thumb and forefinger together and notice what happens! That confident state should be re-accessed as soon as you do!

If not, just start the process again. It maybe you were not creating the anchor when the experience was at its height so keep practicing and keep working at it! It will happen!

When the anchor is created successfully, you will know and then some!!

You can use this technique for any positive state you want to create not just for confidence! Happiness, motivation, resourcefulness, inspiration, resilience, joy, the list goes on!! Anchoring is also really useful for these strange times we are going through by changing thoughts and feelings of stress and anxiety (negative states) into positive states!

Another good exercise to build confidence is to acknowledge and value your achievements!

Write them down! As many as you can! Aim for 100! Difficulty remembering? Write them down by decade. So for instance if you are 40, what did you achieve between 0 and 10? Then 11-20? And so on! You will be surprised how much comes back to you!

Remember to include things like learning to walk and talk, two of the greatest feats you achieve in life! You did it yourself!

Learning to walk, no matter how many times you fell over, you got back up and kept going! You never gave up! You did it! Same with talking! Include learning to swim, riding a bike, passing your driving test, all great achievements!

Keep adding to it. When your confidence hits a low spot, read your list to remind yourself of how much success you have had and how much you have achieved in your life so far!

A fantastic and great read, written by our NLP Practitioner and coach, Janet Wilks!

Janet Wilks, NLP Practitioner and Coach

In these uncertain and anxious times, with all areas of business suffering the consequences of COVID19 many of us have felt the impact and many more will do through redundancy and job loss. 

The result of this can be devastating on our well- being, creating feelings of anger, stress anxiety, disbelief, a sense of guilt, uncertainty about the future, lack of confidence and self- worth. All of these feelings can have a negative effect on our health, both physically and mentally and apart from ailments and illness, can also cause lack of concentration, difficulty sleeping amongst other things and an even more severe effect such as depression. 

Of course, it is natural to go through these negative emotions when losing your job. After all it is a big part of your life! It gives you a sense of belonging, stability, a sense of achievement, financial security, routine, being part of a team, so losing that does create feelings of loss, the same feelings experienced in the break- up of a relationship or bereavement. 

And yes, it is fine to allow yourself to feel that way at first, shed a few tears, feel sorry for yourself, worry about the future, listen to all the doom and gloom stories. However, our bodies and minds are not designed to sustain all these negative thoughts and feelings and spending too long with them will cause problems! 

So how you can you change all the negative thoughts and worries that come with losing your job into positive ones so you are more able to stay fighting fit both mentally and physically? 

In NLP there is a technique called Reframing. Basically, it is a different way of looking at a situation. Seeing something in a new way, changing a point of view, so although the facts are still the same, you change perspective and see it from another angle. Recognising positive options and opportunities instead of negative problems. Listening to stories of triumph over adversity rather than stories of sinking without trace! 

When you change the frame on a painting, the painting isn’t changed but it can give it a whole new appearance!  

It’s simply saying “Instead of thinking of it that way, think of it this way!” 

So how can you reframe job loss and redundancy into a positive? 

Well you can think of it as a new start! Take stock of where you are in life! What do you really want?   

Reflect on where you are at the moment and where you want to be! Do you want a career change? Move to another part of the country? Move abroad? Go trekking up the Andes? Do something completely different? Spend more time at home? Go to college and study? Play about with this! Have fun with it!  Use your imagination!  

Think of it as a new opportunity! What about skills you might want to brush up on? Or a course you might want to do online, but have never had the time because of work! What about volunteer work you may be interested in? 

Get yourself registered with Recruitment Agencies. Update your CV with the skills and experience you have! You’ll be surprised how much you do know that you took for granted! Great for the confidence and self- esteem! 

Keep yourself fit! Walking is a great way to give you time to reflect and think about what you really want from life! 

Share your experience! Nothing is more healing than helping others in a similar situation! 

Once you start reframing in the positive, you will come up with your own ideas! Trust me! 

And to really give yourself a boost in the confidence and self-esteem department, try this little exercise. 

Write down a minimum of five things in each section below. Think about each one. It needs to be true and can be personal or work related. It’s great for confidence building, CV building and recognising your own skills. 

Things I’m good at 

Things I enjoy 

Things others like about me 

Things I like about myself 

And then to add to that identify two of your personal skills and two of your qualities that you are particularly proud of! (Skill is something learned quality is a personal trait). 

And probably one of the biggest reframes of all, as a good friend said to me, is to understand, it was not you that was made redundant, it was the role!!  You are not defined by what you do, you are defined by who you are! What you are being rather than what you are doing! Always, always remember that!!!

Its official, We have now moved into our new offices on Park Place in Leeds.

Our New Office address is: 1st Floor, 7 Park Place, Leeds, LS1 2RU.

On top of this I’m excited to announce the launch of our new company CPFM supporting clients with a soft facilities management service including cleaning, maintenance and antiviral decontamination from the 1st September 2020!

The future is looking super exciting for us!

I’m very proud to announce that CP Staffing and Events are now fully qualified and approved as a Corporate Member of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation! Satisfying the REC criteria and committing to the Code of Professional Practice.

This just shows how passionate and serious myself and the team are about Recruitment, ensuring only the top quality service to candidates and clients alike!

CP Staffing and Events are launching their Care Division in a matter of days rather than months after changing our business structure and plan to bring the care division forward due to the affects it has had on our events division and the urgent need of support needed within the Health Care Sector.

As many people have been affected by COVID-19, business, communities and people, we are reviewing our policies and procedures on a regular basis in line with Government guidelines, keeping our candidates and clients up to date and ensuring everyone’s health and safety remaining the number one priority.

In line with the current updates, CP Staffing are working from home and are recruiting candidates for the Health Care sector, ranging from Cleaners/Housekeepers, Catering and Kitchen Assistants, Care Assistants and Chefs/cooks to support Local Care and Residential Homes across Yorkshire.

 

 

 

Our candidates will have virtual face to face interviews and online registrations which include validating appropriate DBS’s checks, qualifications and reference checks, we will also provide clients with a profile brief on each candidate prior to their first shift.

In addition we are offering care assistants who have worked in the industry the opportunity to undertake the Care Certificate free of charge, to support them and their career and also ensuring our candidates have regular and ongoing training whilst they are working with our clients.

If you would like to find out more on how we can support you then please don’t hesitate to contact us on 0113 450 8505.

Be Safe, Stay Safe

Paul

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to develop, we want to assure all clients and candidates that there is no cause for concern in relation to CP Staffing and Events and its ongoing business activities.

We are staying up to date with regular updates with the latest guidance from the UK Government, NHS England and associated health advisory bodies in order to respond accordingly to events in a timely and effective manner.

We have also developed detailed and thorough business continuity plans, which are being constantly reviewed should further actions be required, enabling us to react promptly to the evolving risk landscape.

As of 17 March 2020, we have taken necessary steps to protect our employees and assure the continuation of our business operations, by enacting pre-emptive social distancing measures and all staff members have already started working from home Rest assured that this will not negatively impact our service levels to you or our workers in any way.

The rationale behind this is to ensure that we can continue to provide high levels of confidence that critical business services and functions are maintained in the most effective way possible, preventing any encounters with forthcoming risks.

In addition to social distancing we have also adopted the following procedures, which have been in effect since the beginning of the week:

  • We are not currently offering face-to-face registrations, however all candidates wishing to apply for roles which we are recruiting for are encouraged to do so online and a face-to-face interview will be scheduled in advance
  • Candidates are also being offered interviews by video conferencing using Skype/Microsoft Teams/Facetime
  • All of our workers have been contacted and asked to complete a Coronavirus Questionnaire to establish their current health status and any recent travel, and have been provided with up-to-date health guidance and asked to carry out good good hand-wash and sanitizing practices.

These actions are precautionary and a practical approach to minimise any possible negative impacts from the ongoing global situation, however you have our assurances that we will remain operational and our services to you will not be compromised.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email on paul.evans@cpstaffing.co.uk

This is an unexpected challenging situation for all businesses and individuals and we would like to thank you for your support and understanding during this difficult time.

Stay safe, Vigilant and look after your loved ones.

Best Wishes,

Paul Evans

Managing Director