While COVID-19 may have unexpectedly transformed today’s talent acquisition environment, it’s not a storm without a rainbow—a hiring rainbow. The ‘war for talent’ has shifted, and quality talent is awaiting hire. That’s why we hosted a series of HR Coffee Hours for talent acquisition leaders to come together and strategize on how to recruit and retain quality talent in this post-COVID world. Here are a few of the top takeaways from this discussion.
“Virtual recruiting solutions are critical for the future of work,” stated by iCIMS Director of Talent Acquisition, Amy Warner. After our series of HR Coffee Hours, this was proven to be true. Now, this doesn’t mean candidate recruitment will continue to be solely virtual after COVID-19. Instead, it’s about incorporating and embracing the positive features that virtual recruitment offers to help make your hiring strategy even more effective post-COVID.
Here are a few ways to do just that:
Tip: Hosting your own virtual job fair? Embrace a technology solution that offers ‘waiting rooms’ to create a job-fair-like environment.
With remote recruiting comes… you guessed it: virtual onboarding and training. Employee orientation, employee training, first-day of work lunches, etc. all play a role in onboarding a new hire to the workplace and company culture. After months of experimenting, some of our webinar attendees shared their techniques for embracing virtual onboarding and making it a positive experience for both them and the new hire.
That’s right—embrace remote work! During our HR Coffee Hours, the idea that remote work is ‘here to stay’ was shared countless times. Sure, at the beginning of COVID-19, many employers and talent management professionals faced the difficulty of adapting to managing employees remotely. In fact, seven in ten employers were struggling to adapt to remote work in April.
But, as the months have progressed, more and more organizations have embraced remote work—Twitter, Facebook, Square—just to name a few. Gartner Research also found that 74% of CFOs plan on permanently moving at least 5% of their in-office employees to remote work positions after COVID-19.
From empowering employees to reaching greater top-tier talent, remote work has the potential to positively impact talent acquisition and management for your organization, so consider embracing it when possible!
Want more?! Visit our HR Coffee Hour page for the on-demand recordings and recaps of past HR Coffee Hours.