At Unprecedented, we had the opportunity to speak to Vicki Riddell, Finance Director at Charles Pugh Group, who spoke to us about her advice for those entering the workplace today and how the Covid-19 pandemic has helped her to slow down.
I have over 17 years of finance experience. I started as a Purchase Ledger Clerk and was promoted to Finance Director 2 years ago at Charles Pugh Group. Charles Pugh Group is a family-owned, automotive glass distribution and fitting company and a member of National Windscreens.
I have been very lucky that I have had some great mentors, who have shown their different leadership styles – I think I’ve learnt something from them all.
I hope to have been able to have made a difference, helped and influenced people on their future paths and to be the best they can be in their roles.
Be honest - never cover up mistakes, be open about them, so we can learn what can be improved for next time. Also always treat everyone with respect. Everyone in the company plays a part in its success, no matter how small a part you think they might play.
Covid has made me reevaluate what is really important and slow down the pace in all aspects of my life. Whilst lockdown was very hard, I think it reminded us of what pleasure we can all get from simple things. Also living for the next holiday, night out, etc is not a conducive way to live.
I was in my fellow Directors office when the announcement came that all hospitality was shutting with immediate effect on the 20th March!
My fellow Directors and the team around me were a great support, we worked hard together to (hopefully) make the right decisions during that time. The FD forum run by Macildowie Nottingham was also a great support in those early months, everyone was in unchartered territory and didn’t have the answer (even though we were being looked to know what to do) and it felt quite comforting that we all felt that way.
The entirety of the Covid-19 pandemic has felt like this. There is nothing in our history to refer to, and we were just making the best decisions from the information that was available at the time.
I’ve been lucky to have worked within UK subsidiary businesses in the past, so video calls as a means of communication and remote working were not new to me. I have evolved to make sure everything I need now is at a touch of a button and it can be accessed from anywhere.
If I could change a decision I made during the first months of the pandemic, it would be basing some decisions on the naive thinking that Covid-19 would be all over in a matter of weeks or at worst months.
Don’t beat yourself for not knowing what you don’t know – every day is a school day!
Work hard and take every opportunity with both hands! Everything new you learn takes you a little closer to achieving your goals, no matter how small it may seem. Nothing worth having in life comes easy.
The Pandemic has caused many of us to reassess what is important in our lives. In what ways have you recalibrated your own priorities and goals.
The Pandemic has taught me that going 100 miles an hour every day is not positive in both my personal and work life. I now make time to NOT have plans personally all the time and give myself time to reflect and explore new ideas in the workplace.