In the last few weeks there have been signs from both Federal and State Governments that Australia may soon start to emerge from the worst of the Covid-19 crisis. While there’s still much uncertainty – and no guarantee there won’t be more twists and turns – the roadmap for the easing of restrictions in coming months makes it an entirely prudent time for business managers to start thinking about how best to help their teams return to ‘normal’ when the time comes.
It’s safe to say that 2020 has gone off script. Many companies are scrambling to adapt their working practices, products, and strategies to adapt and in some cases, survive. Recruiters unfortunately are bearing the brunt of this just as much as everyone else, if not more. The world of talent acquisition and recruitment has swung dramatically between crippling hiring freezes or unexpected high volume hiring.
From the first phone screen to the last in-person interview, recruiters know what to expect when it comes to engaging with top talent (as well as the when, where and how). With that familiar foundation to build upon, the only piece left is optimization.
But now with the world of work in a state of change, expectations for when, where and how recruiters connect with candidates is evolving rapidly. All-remote interviews and distributed hiring are now the new normal, and may be for some time to come.
Recruiters have always been able to embrace agility within dynamic circumstances – from last-minute schedule changes to candidate pipeline fluctuations. But what about when hiring slows down, or even temporarily stops?
Recruiting teams are navigating through uncertainty as a result of the current global pandemic. And because of that, hiring plans and recruiting itself may look significantly different today than just a few months ago.
You’ll always come across guidelines and 5-step strategies for successful recruitment. Almost every recruitment agency or HR department has their own way of going about sourcing candidates. However, how successful recruitment is, depends on a lot more factors than just the process and attitude.
In fact, some of the vital aspects of recruitment pertain more to the hiring company and the job offer than they do to the candidate or recruiter.
It’s not very common to see startups and SME’s approach recruitment with a dedicated team. The majority maintains the traditional method of senior management handling recruitment and conducting interviews. But some have come to see the various benefits of both in-house recruitment teams and agencies.
But first, how exactly can recruitment agencies and in-house teams change the game?
A recent Glassdoor study found that the average cost to fill a job vacancy is a whopping $4,000.
With that kind of money devoted to a single opening, it’s no wonder recruiters view time to hire as a viable metric. The faster a position is filled, the fewer dollars recruiters and HR professionals pour into the talent search.
It’s easy to feel small and helpless in moments like these. No one could prepare us to navigate the uncertainty that COVID-19 has created in our world. The shock, immediate impact, and lingering doubt and fear has weighed on every human being worldwide over the past few weeks. The shock hasn’t been able to truly wear off because we’re still in the midst of daily changes and news that affects the comfort and security of our personal and professional lives.
Maintaining consistent performance throughout the entire employment span is impossible for anyone. There are various ups and downs in the productivity and show of every working professional. What is not acceptable is to constantly keep the workforce under scrutiny for the dissatisfactory reports and completely ignore the organization’s shortcomings. It is always easy to blame an employee for the degrading performance or lowering business numbers and hand over a relieving letter format to them.
Have you ever noticed how the line that determines productivity seems to be moving further away every moment, every day, week, month, and year? Us, professionals, seem to be always wishing for more time to get things done. What a difference just an extra hour of productive work could make to all our careers.
But the thing is, it’s not extra time we need. It’s the skill to use the resources we have in the most effective and efficient manner there is.