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Gillian Graham-What was furlough for me?

Posted: 2nd October 2020

As we welcome more of the team back from furlough, our Office and Professional Services Manager Gillian Graham tells us how she found it…

Furlough was 5 months of trying to remain as positive as possible throughout. I would be a liar if I said this was easy, however, it was a whole mind over matter game. 

Having worked since the age of 16 to suddenly not have a working routine again and a child to home school did hit hard.

Home-schooling was definitely the toughest job I’ve ever taken on and not one I would like to try again. Dealing with my own emotions and those of a stubborn 7 year old was a daily challenge. Throughout all the challenges and highs and lows, I was, however, grateful to spend a lot of my time with my son and husband and delighted that during the months of April, May and June, the weather was amazing. We cycled, walked, climbed hills, investigated areas on our doorstep that none of us knew existed. We ate and drank lots (who didn’t), had garden BBQ’s, sleepovers in the living room and spent lots of real quality time together. I learned a great deal about my 7 year old, myself and my hubby.

I perfected the art of baking scones and rocky road. Took part in outdoor circuits classes (and still am). All things I loved to do, however, never normally had the time for.

When I look back, the time did go so quickly and I valued the time spent with my wee one.

I’m beyond delighted to return to the Allstaff family and look forward to assisting the great clients and candidates we work in partnership with daily.