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“What are your clients telling you about remote work?”

ESS Candidate Newsletter – SEPTEMBER 2020

Columbus, OH – SEPTEMBER 2020

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss what clients have to say about working remotely.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Positions Filled in the Last 30 Days
Ask the Recruiter – “What are your clients telling you about remote work?”


It is hard to believe that we are celebrating 20 years in business! Executive Staffing Solutions (ESS) began with a small, determined team dedicated to delivering remarkable recruiting solutions for clients and candidates alike. In the two decades since, our team has grown to become the premier Executive Healthcare Recruiting firm in the country. 

As we reflected on our 20 years in business, we found four key items that have allowed us to thrive.  

ESS would be nothing without our incredible team of people. As a company, we have always strived to reflect our core values while building our team. These values are reflected in the relationships we have with job seekers and companies. Our success is built on having fun, believing in the human spirit, clearly communicating, being authentic in everything, we do, and striving to grow. 

Job Seekers
ESS is fortunate to work with a lot of top talent in the managed care field. 20 years ago, many of our contacts were in the process of beginning their careers. Because of this, we have had a front-row seat to seeing so many individuals make enormous contributions to the companies they’ve joined. Many are now in senior leadership roles and are leading the strategic initiative that they help develop. Others work in individual contributor roles where they can make their impact. 

Since day one, ESS has consciously made business decisions that were in the best interest of our clients. We have always focused on doing the right thing, and that has consistently been securing the top talent for companies and facilitating the process by being as transparent as possible. Similar to our job seekers, it’s been fun to see the impact our clients have had on their employees, customers, and the communities they serve.  

Selecting a career is one of the biggest decisions we make. ESS appreciates the trust that so many people have put in us. We do not take this lightly. The value we bring today is the same we brought 20 years ago. What we offer is an unbiased, third-party point of view to help both parties reach the desired outcome. Sometimes an opportunity is a fantastic fit for both parties, and other times, it makes more sense for one party to walk away. Being a trusted advisor in these situations helps us experience the success we have had. 

Thank you for being a part of our success story. 

Ask the Recruiter – “WHAT are your clients telling you about remote work?”

The answer to this question has completely changed this year. In year’s past, we would always have a handful of remote openings during any given month.  Now, a significant number of openings we have are set-up for remote work.  The most common question asked these days is if remote work is short-term or if the company plans on this role being remote long-term.

Unfortunately, there are no clear answers for companies.  Below are some factors that may influence whether or not the role will be remote long term or not.

  1. Company philosophy – Does the company you are interviewing with feel their current company is more productive, equally productive or less productive from having people work from home?  The answer to this question may provide insight as to the long-term viability of working from home or coming come back to the office.
  2. Level within the company – Some companies have had their leadership team in the office the entire time while others have been slow to bring senior leadership back.  Depending on the role, the level of responsibility and the interaction required, the role may or may not need to be in the office.
  3. Current location – Some companies in larger cities are cautious about requiring people to come into the city and work in large office buildings every day.  Rural locations with smaller buildings may be more interested in having people work in the office rather than from home.

Asking the right questions during the interview is so important around this topic.  Focus on what the company is currently doing, what changes they expect to make and over what period will likely provide the information you need to make the best decision.

If there is anything I can do to assist you in the interview process, please let me know.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at