The benefits of flexible working to the consultant are self-evident – autonomy, empowerment, personal and professional fulfilment, to name but a few. And yet, the benefits of an agile workforce are no less momentous or transformative for clients. When you choose to work with the difference collective, flexible really does mean exceptional, and here’s why...
The benefits of an agile workforce for clients
Right first time
As a collective of highly-skilled consultants, we challenge each other to deliver the highest quality outputs. Many of us have been clients ourselves. We understand the frustrations – not to mention expense – of multiple rounds of edits often associated with junior-staff-generated materials and so, a right-first-time attitude is paramount. No one is indispensable and for all of the team, accountability is the name of the game.
Unrivalled access to skills and expertise
We don’t deploy team members to your account because they have the capacity to take on more work this quarter, we deploy a team that has the skills, expertise and time. This is our non-p&l driven commitment to delivering for you and your business. Every team is custom-built, your very own ‘dream team’ of senior and experienced professionals. We operate as something of a talent kite-mark, wrapping our arms around the best in the business. This means you can tap into an unprecedented depth and breadth of experience, which not only spans the full spectrum of healthcare communications but also specialist services like media training. Why waste time negotiating individual service agreements with different contractors through various middlemen when they are all housed under one virtual roof?
We embrace and thrive on flexibility. Far from limiting access, our virtual office is ‘open’ well beyond the standard hours of a traditional agency and through our network, we are able to mobilise senior expertise at very short notice. So, if you need that late Friday afternoon US press release adapted, tailored and ready for roll-out at 8am Monday morning, we are the team that can.
We choose to work on your business
Work is an activity not a place. It’s a cliché but when you choose to work on a piece of work as a consultant, it is more than just your bread and butter. It has to float your boat and make you want to fire up your laptop of a morning. This unprecedented degree of personal investment is felt by each and every one of our clients. We aren’t made to go the extra mile, we want to, and that’s what makes the difference.
For the collective, working flexibly is about choice and a recognition that the best work results from a team of skilled experts, each playing to their own strengths but working towards a common goal. Our working hours may be flexible but our determination to do nothing but the best work is set in stone.
Look out for our new blog series – ‘the flex factor’ – where we introduce some of our inspirational collective members. Get to know the person behind the profile and hear how they could benefit your business!
About the Authors
Lisa, Core Collective Champion and Consultant, is a healthcare communications freelancer with over 15 years of experience. She worked at two highly respected PR agencies for over nine years before taking the plunge to work for herself. She wanted to work as a freelancer so that she could #WorkDifferently on projects she is passionate about.
Neil is an accomplished communication professional with 30 years’ experience in the healthcare and associated sectors. More recently, his focus has been on patient involvement in all aspects of their health and care and he has a deep understanding of the science behind, and practicalities of, delivering meaningful patient involvement. Neil is also a communications consultant to the New NHS Alliance. Neil is the first international member of the Collective and chooses to #WorkDifferently from his home in Spain.