Recruiters – Is Working on Vacation Working for You (and Everyone Else)?


There’s nothing like those budding moments of excitement before heading off on vacation. As a recruiter, you may feel that going on vacation and spending time dipping in and out of emails, making sure candidate interviews are on schedule and keeping up to date with your team go hand in hand. What this really means is that work time eats into your vacation time. This does more harm than good to a number of people in your life.

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Quality Time’

Whether you’re going on a short city break or kicking back on a two-week beach vacation, if you’re going with other people such as family or friends, it’s your prime time to reconnect with the world that exists outside your office cubicle. Spending time answering emails, dealing with candidates, etc. may be your way of keeping the fear of a mounting workload at bay, but it can be a deal breaker for your fellow holidaymakers. In fact, 70% of employees do not disconnect from work while on vacation, with 56% stating that they don’t want to fall behind. It’s not an ideal situation to find yourself in and prioritisation often falls by the wayside when work finds its way into the vacation mix, making those around you feel pushed out of the picture!

A High Time for Team Chaos

In truth, if you have a team supporting you throughout your every endeavour, it makes coming to work every day that bit easier. When it comes to vacation, however, it’s that same team who will most likely add your work to their to-do list in your absence. With varying skill-sets and job descriptions, they may not be fully armed and ready to carry out your tasks. This often means that you like to check in regularly to keep up with what’s happening, to show your support and be on hand should anything go wrong. Essentially, this makes your vacation null and void, as worrying about what’s going on when you’re not there leads you to being extra cautious and overly involved during your relaxation time. From the team’s perspective, they may feel under pressure dealing with the extra workload. When you return to work, the pressure for either party doesn’t stop there as you’ll have to collaborate, hand over and de-brief on what went on while you were away. Although your team may hold you up through tough times, dealing with unfamiliar candidates, reviewing interviews without your input or halting job interviews altogether until you come back, makes their work pile up and they find themselves in a situation they don’t particularly enjoy.

‘You’ Who?

Apart from overshadowing family commitments and attempting to keep your team in a sane state, there’s one person not to be forgotten when it comes to damage control and vacations: you. The very burnout leading you to need a vacation, is likely to be the same one preventing you from taking one. 40% of workers reported difficulty in taking a vacation because they would return to a ‘mountain of work’. All in all, the rising fear of tight deadlines upon your return leads you to continue working throughout your vacation, keep recruitment ticking away and make sure everything runs smoothly. In essence, your vacation becomes anything but a vacation. With no peace of mind or opportunity to truly recoup, you may end up heading back to work in a more tense state than before.

The problems arising around vacation time for recruiters are in plain sight. It affects the well-being of you and your peers. The big question is, is there any worthwhile solution to allow vacations from work and the world of recruitment to actually take place? Sonru recently released an eBook showcasing the problems faced by recruiters before, during and after vacation. The eBook equips you with top tips for using Video Interviewing to avoid stress and to keep recruitment ticking along while you’re unwinding. If the reasons above are enough to stop your vacation plans in their tracks, this eBook is for you, so download it now.

Edward Hendrick
Ed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness & Rural Development and a Higher Diploma in Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship.

Since founding Sonru in 2007 with the vision of introducing Video Interviewing to mainstream recruitment, Ed has established the organisation as a global leader and one of the top recruitment SaaS companies worldwide.

With numerous accolades to his name such as the Sunday Business Posts ‘Top 40 Under 40’ and IIA Net Visionary award for innovation, Ed is recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in video recruitment technology and is a renowned industry speaker.

With a passion for new technology and how it can be used to make life easier for people in the real world, Ed has been instrumental in shaping the current landscape of the Video Interviewing industry.
Chris Horan
CTO at Sonru
Chris graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Computer Science and went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science in Physics and Computer Science as well as a Higher Diploma in Enterprise Development.

With almost 20 years’ experience in the software engineering and computer science space, Chris has worked with leading technology companies such as Accuris, CAPE Technologies and BearingPoint.

Chris has been at the forefront of Sonru’s product development since the company’s inception in 2007.
Daniel Richard
Managing Director EMEA
Sonru’s Europe MD, Daniel Richard, graduated from Queen’s University, Canada with a Master of Science in Industrial and Organisational Science.

A trained Occupational Psychologist with more than 15 years of sales and consulting experience in multinational recruitment and HR services companies, Daniel leads Sonru’s sales efforts within EMEA, helping to grow its rapidly expanding customer base.

Prior to joining Sonru, Daniel spent 10 years at Oracle Taleo helping to build the company from a small regional start-up to a true industry leader. Daniel has held a variety of sales and consulting positions on various continents, including the US and Europe.
Fergal O'Byrne
Non-Executive Director
Fergal holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology and is an experienced Internet industry entrepreneur.

Since founding Interactive Return in 1998, Fergal has been a member of the Board of Directors of, WINC, and CCD Limited and was a previous chair of the Project Advisory Group for Fáilte Ireland’s eBusiness Support Initiative.

A recognised influencer within the industry, Fergal has served as CEO of the Irish Internet Association and has published four books including ‘10 Online Marketing and Search Engine Essentials’ and ‘10 Technologies Every Executive Should Know’.

In 2015, Fergal was inducted into the IIA Internet Hall of Fame in recognition for services to the internet industry.
George Pennock
George holds an MA in History from Oxford University and is a previous Partner and Head of Saphir UK at Saphir Capital Partners.

George spent several years with the Goldman Sachs Group as a mergers and acquisitions banker before moving into private equity where he has spent most of the past 15 years. He has served as a Senior Investment Manager and COO at Pi Capital, and worked with Botts & Company Ltd where he made private equity investments in the leisure, publishing, branded goods, retail, and technology sectors.

Having spent the past two decades working with a myriad of talented and unconventional entrepreneurs, investing in everything from online employee benefits platforms to river boats and book publishers, George is passionate about backing exceptional people and interesting businesses and believes that while a mediocre management team can ruin even a great plan, a great management team can make a success of almost any business opportunity.
John Penning
Currently, I am a Director of Sonru, the leading Online Video Interviewing company. Previous career highlights include; CEO of the Irish Internet Association, Chairman of and Founder and CEO of Interactive Return. In 2015 I was very honoured to be inducted into the IIA Internet Hall of Fame in recognition for services to the internet industry.
Rodolphe Verhaegen
Non-Executive Director
Rodolphe is currently an Operational Advisor with Digital Ventures in Brussels having previously worked in Ebay, most recently as Director of Customer Innovation.

Rodolphe is an innovative and creative business leader, with a strong interest in technology and agile software development practices. He holds an Masters Degree in Business Information Management and a BA in Business Economics from the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels.
Georges Schmit
Non-Executive Director
A native of Luxembourg, Georges graduated with degrees in Economics from the University of Louvain, Belgium (BA) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MA). Besides his native Luxembourgish, Georges is fluent in French, English and German.

Georges served the Government of Luxembourg from 1981 to 2016 and throughout most of his career he focused on innovation and technology policy, economic development and trade and investment promotion.

During his time with the Government of Luxembourg, Georges served as Secretary General of the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy and was a member of several European Union high-level advisory bodies including the European Commission's "Enterprise Policy Group”. He also served as both Vice-Chairman and Executive Chairman of the National Credit and Investment Corporation (SNCI) of Luxembourg.

Georges has served on the Board of Directors of both listed and private companies including the world's largest steelmaker ArcelorMittal, the Luxembourg-based global satellite operator SES, the Luxembourg Post and Telecommunications Company, and the Luxembourg State and Savings Bank, among others. Most recently, he contributed to the design and launch of several major Luxembourg Government innovation policy initiatives and sits on the Luxembourg Government’s Advisory Board on Space Resources.
Daria Polunina
Non-Executive Director
A director at Saphir Capital Partners, Daria holds a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from the University of Essex as well as a MSc in Finance from Cass Business School. Daria also sits on the board of Molinare and Wine Source Group.

Patrick Sweeney
Non-Executive Director
Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree in Accounting, Management, Human Resources, Marketing and Economics from University of Limerick as well as Masters of Education in Management, Human Resources and Training and Development from University of Sheffield.

For 25 years, Patrick held the position of Human Resources and Public Affairs Director for Aughinish Alumina where he was involved in change management, restructuring and international mergers and acquisitions.

Patrick also undertook many other leadership roles including operations management, training and development and employee relations management. In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors at Sonru since 2011, Patrick has operated his own strategic management and human resources consultancy firm for the past 8 years.