Hiring During a Pandemic

Hiring During a Pandemic: Three Tips to Guide You During These Unprecedented Times

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the way businesses operate on a daily basis. While many have transitioned to remote workforces, others have faced layoffs and furloughs or cut pay for staff and/or executives. Certain critical industries, however — while still facing immense challenges due to social distancing and other impacts — continue to grow their workforce to meet new and evolving demands during this pandemic. These industries, notably technology, software-as-a-service, healthcare, and certain manufacturing sectors, are facing new challenges of their own as they look to source, interview and hire new talent during this crisis.

If your company is currently hiring — or you expect you will be in the near future — here are some suggestions to help you navigate the process during these unprecedented times.

Get creative.

In a rapidly changing economy like we’re experiencing, creativity is key. Consider alternative options when it comes to your hiring roles. For example, consider bringing on temporary staff and/contractors instead of permanent employees. This will provide your business with flexibility and leave open the possibility to bring staff on permanently or scale down easily depending on how circumstances evolve.

Organize & streamline.

Most hiring managers know from experience that the recruiting process can be a long and time-consuming one. And unfortunately, in today’s environment, you can’t afford to spend endless days and weeks looking for new talent. Take a look at where you can make modifications to streamline your hiring process internally. The use of a third-party recruiting firm can help you streamline the application process. In addition to sourcing candidates, many can help with writing job descriptions, scheduling interviews and sending offer letters – easing your administrative burden and giving you more time to focus on pressing organizational matters.

Think ahead.

As you begin to search for new talent during these unprecedented times, don’t forget to think about next steps. Just as the recruiting process looks unfamiliar right now, so too will the onboarding process. How do you plan to train new hires virtually? Can you still effectively infuse the company’s culture? Now more than ever, it’s important to consider ways to motivate new employees and provide them with as many tools as possible to stay connected and successful in their new roles.

Not sure how to get started? The MFA Companies Talent Acquisition Team can work with your business to offer a wide variety of recruiting services on a pricing model that works for your organization’s needs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.

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Michelle Pasqual

Michelle Pasqual

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