COVID-19 has had significant impacts on all areas of business. Recruitment is one area that has not been spared these effects, as companies search for ways to adapt to a changing employment landscape. Match Executive is well positioned to help you in this changing marketplace and ensure you find the best candidates for your roles.
Here are several reasons why employee recruitment has changed in the past year and how you can better prepare you and your recruitment practices for the future.
With many Australian workers being affected by lockdowns in 2020, particularly in Victoria, we have seen large swatches of the workforce being confined to their homes and having to transform how they work. Due to this, remote and online work practices increased dramatically, to the point where many companies are even looking to adopt a “flexible workplace” for their employees for the near future.
In one study, many companies reported that employee productivity remained the same while working from home, partly due to the absence of commuting time and the adoption of technology which made collaboration with colleagues almost as easy as before. It now seems likely that large numbers of companies will continue to offer flexible working arrangements into the future, particularly if it brings positive benefits to their employees and business.
With more and more people now working from home (or wanting to), it helps to alter your usual line of questioning and expectations of potential employees to cater for this new, flexible workplace. With many employees now separated by computer screens and not just work cubicles, it’s important to focus on a candidate’s ability to be self-motivated in their work, as well as to seek out their remote colleagues/managers if they need assistance. Just as workplaces have become more flexible, so must workers adapt to the new working environment.
With the workplace changing to adopt more digital practices, so has the workforce, with IT skills now being more important than ever. Many of those working from home have looked for ways to continue their engagement with their colleagues and managers, with regular meetings on Zoom or Google Meets now a common occurrence. It’s meant that employees of all ages have had to learn new skills, such as IT, which can then have other benefits for a company.
With flexible workplaces there can be a potential for work hours to also shift around a lot, which can then have impacts on an employee’s work-life balance, as well as for the business. By maintaining regular work hours, it makes it easier for your remote employees to separate their work and home lives and still preserve their productivity.
One of the benefits of having all employees in the one space is that it’s easier to stay engaged with them and ensure they feel valued and are making a positive contribution to the business. For this reason, it’s important to change the ways you engage with your staff, which can start at the recruitment process. Letting them know match executive - recruiting after COVID-19 that they’ll be supported and nurtured, even while working remotely, can help to retain engaged staff who feel valued, no matter where they’re working. Match Executive is one of Australia’s leading executive search companies, who understands the changing workplace and how businesses can continue to thrive.
Contact us to find out how we can help you with your recruitment needs.