The COVID-19 pandemic has changed virtually every professional norm that we had previously recognized as “normal.” In a post-pandemic world in which social distancing (at least for the foreseeable future) is the new MO in the business world, what sort of emergent best practices can we expect to see?
This question has become particularly salient to employers and HR professionals who oversee hiring and recruitment. Over the last six months, the processes of job candidate screening, interviewing, onboarding, and training have had to drastically change to conform to the most recent public health protocols. And as millions of companies across the country continue to lay off employees, employers are beginning to wonder: What can be done now to simplify the process of finding star employees – and building talented teams – in the future?
The challenges that many employers are currently facing are, without a doubt, unprecedented. Luckily, there are a few COVID-19-era hiring and recruiting best practices that are beginning to emerge, and that we can draw on to gain an understanding of what these twin processes will be like once the dust from the pandemic has settled.
With those ideas in mind, this article will outline a few new hiring and recruitment trends that have been sparked as a consequence of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
How Has the COVID-19 Crisis Changed Hiring and Recruitment?
Before the pandemic onset, employers could safely rely on traditional hiring and recruitment practices to find their next star employee. Today, everything’s changed – and everything continues to change by the day.
That said, a few clear new trends are beginning to emerge regarding hiring and recruitment. Here are three major considerations for employers and HR professionals to keep in mind:
- Remote interviewing is here to stay. At this point, it’s safe to say that face-to-face interviewing will not return to being the norm anytime soon. It will be essential for employers to familiarize themselves with basic remote interviewing best practices in light of that fact.
- The onboarding process is also becoming virtual. As employees across the country continue to work remotely, it’s become a top priority for employers to find creative ways to cultivate a sense of remote workplace culture. This creates certain challenges in the onboarding process, during which employers need to make new employees feel like they’re entering into a strong, solid, and supportive working environment. However, moving forward will be crucial for employers to create sophisticated remote onboarding processes for new employees.
- Candidate pools are rapidly shifting. Millions of Americans have been laid off in recent months, and a large proportion of those individuals have transitioned to the gig economy to find work. Also, job candidates who may have been originally inclined to seek out-of-state jobs are now confined to their local areas. As a result of both of these factors, candidate pools across industries are continuing to change dramatically.
How Can Partnering With a Staffing Agency Help Your Company?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose new and vexing hiring and recruiting challenges for millions of American businesses. Thankfully, partnering with a staffing agency can help you to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment and can provide you with the extra tools that you’ll need to find top talent in a post-pandemic world.
Contact Tri Starr Group today to learn more about how we can keep your team strong during the COVID-19 crisis!