While many businesses expected the Coronavirus to come and go, it didn’t quite accomplish the latter; instead, it came and stayed, and shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. This means that businesses throughout the U.S. have had to make rapid changes to various departments to ensure their businesses stayed afloat – and not all of them made it.
Human resources departments have been heavily impacted by the Coronavirus yet must continue to function as smoothly as possible. This includes hiring top talent that is ready to excel in a post-COVID-19 world.
Here’s how your company can attract, vet, and hire great employees, even in the middle of a global pandemic.
Many people who are looking for work now are interested primarily in remote opportunities that reduce their risk of contracting the Coronavirus or to stay at home to care for children who may be out of school due to the pandemic.
If you haven’t already, look for ways you can accomplish critical tasks remotely. Tools like project management software and conference call services make working online easier than ever before. Ideally, you’ll be able to move most of your departments to a virtual workplace – something highly sought after by skilled workers right now.
Hiring new talent now isn’t going to be the same as it was before the Coronavirus outbreak, and it shouldn’t be. Skills that you once looked for in employees – such as the ability to work well with a team in an office environment – may take a backseat to skills that have now become essential.
For example, the ability to self-start, work independently, and manage time well are critical for employees who work remotely. Since you’ll no longer be able to manage your team in-person, you need employees who are able to take initiative and don’t require micromanagement to complete tasks assigned to them.
Company culture is still important, even when most or all of your employees are working from home. Since company picnics aren’t really an option for the foreseeable future, think about ways you can create an attractive virtual company culture.
For example, host a “lunch and learn” where employees are treated to delivery and meet together to watch a training webinar or relevant presentation. Often, a discussion via conference call will follow. Other ideas include hosting online games where employees can compete against each other or creating a “water cooler” Facebook group where team members can chat, post memes, and get to know each other.
Established professionals don’t want to be thrown right into the mix with little to no training, especially in a rapidly changing business climate – they know that’s the fastest way to fail. Pace onboarding and provide your new hires with comprehensive training that helps them feel well-equipped to do their new job.
At Business Watch Network, we’re staying on top of how COVID-19 continues to change the human resources industry. We provide access to live and on-demand HR training webinars so companies can continue to keep their businesses productive and efficient amid the pandemic. Contact us today to learn more.