The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things in our world, and hiring (and retaining) employees is one of them. The most obvious change is working from home; employees (and employers) found that working remotely was indeed possible, and it is being retained as an option for many employees.
Says Forbes, “According to a Gallup study published in early 2021, over half of surveyed workers continue to work remotely, and 23% of employees who can work remotely want to continue that practice.”
We’re Not Only Open, We’re Hiring!
Some of the practices that employers use to find new employees have changed, too. The first thing that has changed is promoting your employment opportunities—potential employees may not know your company is even open, much less looking for new hires. Companies need to be quite proactive in getting the word out that they are hiring.
Potential Talent Pool: Everyone
Another interesting twist on hiring is looking at your pool of people that you were forced to lay off during COVID, and also looking outside of your geographical location if your job can be done remotely. Bringing back laid-off staff can be very economical, since they are probably trained already. Looking at wider geographical area really opens up possibilities for staffing.
Video Interviews Become the Norm
The actual interview process might be updated as well, with more video interviews, or even using one-way videos for the initial stages of the interview process (recorded questions that potential candidates answer). Everyone has become much more comfortable with video calls than ever before, and that is transferring to the hiring process, as well.
Get Your Best Fit for Employer and Employee
The job postings themselves have evolved, too. Employees are looking for specific information in a job posting; gone are the days of listings with no salaries, and vague, all-encompassing job duties. Employees are also looking for things like work/life balance and a good fit with company culture as well; job listings need to do a thorough job of enticing employees to want to work for you.
The COVID-19 changes in the workplace are not going to all go away, and that’s a good thing—we’ve had a real shake-up, and now we’re finding a new, hopefully better equilibrium.
For more information on work trends, check out this video.
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