Solomon Page to Donate Quarterly Profit to COVID-19 First Responders Fund
April 20, 2020 – Executive search firm Solomon Page has announced a charitable initiative to support COVID-19 frontline workers. In conjunction with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of the First Responders Fund, the recruitment provider will donate five percent of its quarterly margin to the New York City-based fund. With its corporate headquarters based in the global epicenter of the disease, Solomon Page’s founders, Lloyd Solomon and Scott Page, have expanded the firm’s 2020 charitable contributions to support healthcare worker relief efforts across the city.
“We hope that through this donation we can make a deeper impact within the communities we serve,” said Mr. Solomon. “In the days, weeks and possibly months ahead, we will continue to advocate for those in need and support these individuals in getting through some of the most challenging times our nation has ever faced.”
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With offices nationwide, Solomon Page will be identifying additional non-profit organizations to support during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is crucial that our frontline workers have access to the resources they need,” said Mr. Page. “The effects of this disease will continue to be detrimental – and it is our obligation to do whatever it takes to mitigate the impact.”
“During this unprecedented time, we are faced with the challenge of social distancing within an industry built on interpersonal relationships,” Mr. Solomon said. “Like all businesses, we are currently being tested in extraordinary ways, and Solomon Page is proud to say we are passing each test with flying colors. Through increased internal communication and collaboration across all divisions, office locations and team members, Solomon Page has grown closer as a community despite being physically apart.”
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“As a company, we are celebrating 30 years in business this year,” said Mr. Page. “We have surmounted many past challenges, including 9/11, the 2008 financial crisis and Hurricane Sandy, among others. Each one is different in its own way, but we have been able to persevere. Today, we find ourselves in the position to once again have our character tested, but our individual and collective character, positivity and perspective will lead us through to the other side,” he said. After many weeks spent in this new operating environment, he noted, “we are learning how to navigate a difficult hand we have all been dealt and it is clear we are stronger than we ever could have imagined – our collective spirit will not be broken.”
Working from Home
Solomon Page has made significant investments to ensure there is no disruption in its business, said the two founding partners. All 300 internal employees, including account managers, recruiters and support team members are fully functional to work remotely.
“We quickly adapted and transitioned seamlessly to work and operate within the ‘new normal,’” said Mr. Solomon. Productivity has not been compromised, as we have all the necessary technology, tools and support in place.” Virtual interviews and video conferencing are being hosted through Microsoft teams for clients, candidates and internal team members, he said.
Navigating a COVID-19 Healthcare World
Marc Gouran serves as a global practice leader at Solomon Page, a multi-specialty executive search firm headquartered in New York City. He is the founder, architect, and general manager of the organization’s healthcare and life sciences division, which he started in 1992. In the latest edition of Executive Search Review, he discusses the long-term impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the healthcare and life sciences sectors.
“Recruiting teams have continued access to our proprietary candidate database and sourcing tools and technologies, and there is no disruption in payroll or back-office systems,” he said. “Each of the groups have pulled together in ways that will pay dividends for a very long time, and so many people have stepped up with their very best. For this, we are extremely grateful.”
Impact on Executive Search
“This pandemic has proven that the need for strong executive leadership within all industries is more important than ever before – organizations are not settling for unfit leaders,” said Mr. Page. “As a result, coupled with entering the pandemic at a 50-year low unemployment rate, we expect any downturn in executive search to have a quick rebound.”
“Some corporations are taking the strategic approach opposite of a hiring freeze and utilizing this as an opportunity to recruit high-caliber talent they may not have had access to earlier this year,” said Mr. Solomon. “Businesses are understanding it is imperative to be in constant communication with their search partners – and therefore now more than ever before we need to intimately understand our clients’ current environment and how their objectives are shifting for the quarter and the year to come. The more we consult and collaborate, the more successful we can be, together.”
“For the past 30 years, Solomon Page has been committed to the well-being of the relationships we share both professionally and personally,” said both partners in a joint statement.
“There is no doubt that many of you are feeling the impacts of this pandemic on the health of your business and communities. Please know that Solomon Page is here to help you navigate through these challenging times. Be it guidance for your teams to work effectively, setting up a remote interview, or short-term hiring solutions to avoid disruption, we are here to support you. Please feel free to reach out to us as it relates to any issues or challenges you are encountering. Together, we can get through these challenging times.”
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Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media