Hiring for the hybrid office
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Virtual recruitment has become an effective means of talent acquisition for the hybrid workspace. Even after the pandemic has ended and its aftermath is curbed, remote hiring is sure to stay because of its time- and cost-saving benefits, opportunity to transcend geographical barriers, and the possibility of improving diversity in the workforce.
Harnessing technology optimally for recruiting talent can make the hiring process hassle-free.
The objective of all recruiters, at all times, is to hire productive and talented professionals that can help an organization grow and meet its goals. With the knowledge of the methods listed here, organizations can make a smoother transition from the traditional hiring process to its contemporary version and pave their way toward success.
While the COVID-19 pandemic brought about a plethora of problems globally, however, organizations across industries have successfully come up with coping mechanisms to reduce its impact and revive positively. One of the many changes that have surfaced during this period is the shift in the hiring process. Virtual recruitment has become an effective means of talent acquisition for the hybrid workspace. Even after the pandemic and its aftermath is curbed, remote hiring is sure to stay because of its time- and cost-saving benefits, opportunity to transcend geographical barriers, and the possibility of improving diversity in the workforce.
Mentioned below are some of the ways in which organizations can ensure effective recruitment in hybrid work ecosystems:
If there’s one thing that has come to everyone’s rescue in this global pandemic, it is technology. While video conferencing has become the new trend, the digitalization of the hiring process with the help of online assessment systems and artificial intelligence (AI) tools also make the process more efficient. It adds a layer of consistency to the process by reducing the biases that may crop up due to human judgments. Technology can speed up the screening process by filtering out unsuitable candidates and helping recruiters identify the perfect fit for the job. Lack of face-to-face supervision, failure to state clear expectations, social isolation, improper communication, and reduced productivity are some of the many issues that can be tackled by technology to ensure successful hiring.
Hopping onto the metaverse
In light of the pandemic, proximity at the workplace is something people may not be very comfortable with. Hopping onto virtual reality (VR) is one of the most sought-after solutions to interact and carry on with one’s professional obligations without having to meet people. Using VR-enabled headsets, recruiters can easily meet up with potential employees in the metaverse and offer a better understanding of the workspace culture and values. Physical office tours can be replaced with virtual tours wherein the candidate can use their digital twin to explore the space. Apart from the ease of access that the technology offers, it also breaks geographical barriers allowing people to apply for jobs regardless of their physical location.
In this Great Resignation era, early attrition prediction using employee data, feedback, and machine learning (ML) algorithms can help the HR prevent it or introduce policies for effective employee retention. If attrition cannot be prevented, gathering knowledge of the reason behind it can prepare recruiters to reduce hiring lead time and hire substitutes in advance which would reduce the cost of rehiring and training.
Assessing productivity and performance
Thanks to several digital tools we now have the means to not only hire employees virtually but also keep a check on their productivity and performance. If your hiring process involves aptitude tests or other examinations, using voice-enabled video cameras and screen monitors is recommended. This would leave no room for deceptive acts like being prompted by others or looking for answers online, resulting in an accurate assessment of the employee’s skills and capabilities. Even after hiring the employees, one can invest in assessment tools and performance trackers that monitor the employees’ daily productivity. This would ensure that the employees become more productive by meeting their daily targets.
Testing employee skills, genuineness, and loyalty
Hiring employees through a virtual interface may not seem reliable as one is unaware of what goes on at the other end of the screen. Can the employees be trusted with confidential data? Will they be dedicated and loyal to the organization considering there is little to no social interaction or connection? These are some of the many questions that may crop up in the recruiter's mind due to the absence of in-person supervision. That’s why conducting background checks and testing the skills and attitude of the employee are of paramount importance before onboarding them permanently. Employers can leverage technology like AI and blockchain for talent sourcing and management to verify and assess their education, skills, training, and workplace performance.
Maximizing employee engagement
When you and your competitors are all in search of employees that will turn into valuable assets, it’s crucial to offer perks that give you an edge over others and dissuade an employee from hopping jobs. As mentioned above, organizations across the globe are facing a threat of attrition. As such, one of the most effective solutions to increase employee retention is to maximize their engagement with the organization. Harnessing technology to create and run smooth communication channels and make employees feel included and heard can help increase employee engagement. Reskilling initiatives and cross-training opportunities can also increase employee engagement and make them more flexible and dynamic.
While the means may be different, the objective of all recruiters, at all times, is to hire productive and talented professionals that can help an organization grow and meet its goals. With the knowledge of the aforementioned methods, organizations can make a smoother transition from the traditional hiring process to its contemporary version and pave their way toward success.