Recruiting For A Hybrid Workforce Effectively

The hybrid workforce is here to stay. Nearly all businesses regardless of size have had to adapt their remote and hybrid strategies due to the pandemic, making them rethink their operational and recruiting practices. Even big names such as Microsoft and Salesforce have been implementing such policies, embracing the fact that employees now not only prefer, but expect these sorts of arrangements. Because of this recruiters and HR professionals have had to adapt their strategies to recruit effectively for the new hybrid landscape. This is a fluid environment which can pose a challenge for organisations and that needs a strong strategy with frequent adjustments.

Before we delve into recruitment tips for the hybrid workforce, let’s take a look at some data regarding hybrid work and the hybrid workforce recruitment process. LinkedIn conducted a survey of more than 500 C-Level executives in the UK and the USA to better understand how businesses are thinking of navigating this new world of work. The survey found that “flexibility” was the key thing on both employers’ and employees’ minds with 87% of respondents saying they would prefer to work remotely at least half of the time. It appears that the majority of businesses are adapting to this, with 81% of leaders changing policies in the workplace to provide greater flexibility.

A survey conducted on more than 9,000 full time US workers, by the ADP Research Institute entitled “On-Site, Remote or Hybrid: Employee Sentiment On The Workplace”, found that most employees favour a hybrid model. There is a lot of data available to view that confirms this shift in preference, and as such recruiters need to adapt to succeed in this new fiercely competitive environment.

We take a look at the best methods to help you and your business recruit as efficiently as possible for a hybrid workforce.

Leverage Technology To Simplify The Recruiting and On-Boarding Processes

Technology should be embraced and celebrated as it can facilitate many recruitment processes. As hybrid workforces become more common moving forward, hiring will continue to include virtual procedures as it saves both time and money. Video conferencing software such as Google Hangouts, Zoom and Teams allows recruiters to schedule interviews for screening purpose remotely. Chatbots, and other such AI-driven tools can also aid with screening candidates, which will automate part of the hiring process, saving time in the meantime.

Collaboration software, such as Slack, can ease communications, including HR or other recruitment activities. Digital assessments can be given efficiently and quickly through the correct software platforms. And finally, onboarding has taken on a new dimension thanks to technology. Thanks to this tech new hires feel as though they are part of the team even if they aren’t physically there. To streamline your processes, take a look at where you are, which areas take up the most time, and search for technology that will help.

Set Clear Hybrid Work Arrangements and Expectations

Ensuring you have a clear strategy and clear employee expectations is crucial for these working arrangements to run smoothly. All policies must be kept updated constantly, as circumstances change with the pandemic, which means that a policy that was implemented six months ago may have changed or may need tweaking and updating. Take the emergence of various variants such as the Delta variant, your work environment may have shifted from hybrid to fully remote, and back. With such fluidity, setting a well-thought-out game plan and communicating this to the entire company is essential and will minimise future disruptions and issues.

Expand Your Talent Search Geographically

Hybrid and remote work environments have brought about one of the biggest advantages to recruiting, and that’s being able to find talent out of what may have been your usual geographical area. Thanks to this the talent pool is immensely opened up as employees don’t need to be physically next to your office. To recruit efficiently in this vast landscape, it’s important to focus your efforts on the methods and platforms that’ll get the best results. So for example always make sure that your job ads accept applications from remote candidates.

Showcase Your Employer Brand To Attract The Best Talent

Your employer brand has always played a big part in attracting talent, but now even more so than ever. When recruiting for a hybrid workforce it’s important to keep in mind that potential candidates will be scouring social media and the internet to get a better feel of your company and your culture.

To create a full outward picture you should leverage internal brand ambassadors and use social media to display an insider view of your da-to-day activities. You can also use these platforms to communicate your hybrid work expectations, while attracting talent. Showcasing the best of your business and building emotional connections will help your efforts in attracting talent.

Using the above suggestion you can effectively attract and hire talented candidates for these new hybrid work environments.  As employees start to expect these hybrid arrangements even more in the future it’s important that businesses put in place strategies that’ll help them position themselves at the forefront of hybrid talent attraction.

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