What to Know About Hiring in a Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has played havoc with every corner of modern society, from transportation to education to government, and everything in between. Of all things, though, it is arguably the economy that has struggled most to adapt.

Here are some helpful things business-owners should keep in mind when attempting to recruit new workers under current pandemic conditions.

Technology is More Important Than Ever Before

Even as pandemic restrictions lift and infection numbers drop, there is a surging demand from both current and future employees for increased work-from-home options. We’ve all been forced to self-reflect and realize just how much of the daily workload can be simplified with e-communication apps, remote organization, filing, and monitoring programs, ATS software, and the like.

It’s important to make use of such tools not just now, but going forward. Among other things, the pandemic has exposed a number of inefficiencies and oversights in how today’s businesses recruit, retain, train, and employ workers. The ones that thrive will be the ones who have learned something in the process.

Everyone is in Competition with Everyone Else

One thing the pandemic has brought into stark relief is how much some employers take their employees for granted. Workers are the lifeblood of any business, the people who keep the lights on in a very real way. After more than a year full of stay-at-home orders, slashed operating budgets, and layoffs, workers are chomping at the bit to get back into the job market.

That said, as much as employers may expect a sudden influx of new potential hires with lots of competition, it’s important for businesses to realize that as hungry as people are to work, companies are equally hungry for workers. To attract new employees, it’s important to figure out a competitive post-pandemic recruitment strategy that makes your business more attractive than all the others.

Proper Safety is Vital to Your Stability and Success

We’re not out of the woods yet. It might be tempting to open up your businesses as soon as possible and to push yourself to get back to your previous operating capacity, but moving too fast can have disastrous results. Exercising caution and self-control is key to keeping both current and future employees safe, which in turn protects your company from having to resort once more to peak pandemic limitations.

Following proper health and safety precautions not only insulates business-owners from the harmful effects of trying to do too much, too soon, it also reassures prospective employees that they are in good hands. Employers should seek to ramp up production slowly and in phases, while continuing to accommodate telecommute workers.

One thought on “What to Know About Hiring in a Pandemic

  1. Thanks for the article. It’s going to be a long time before it’s ‘business as usual’ when recruiting, if ever again. There have been some positives, such as the adoption of technology, but some have also found it difficult to run effective recruitment campaigns during this period.

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