The hiring landscape is undergoing a shift due to a number of factors: accelerated technology adoption, the spotlight on gender and racial inequality, and, of course, the coronavirus pandemic, to name just a few.
Many technology leaders and jobs experts believe this change could be long-lasting and encourage organizations to take stock of their hiring practices and ensure they are aligned with what candidates desire.
With that in mind, below are a few trends on the rise:
Inclusivity: Global protests against racial injustice and gender inequality have had a much-needed impact on hiring practices. Companies are seeking to recruit more diverse candidates, and would-be employees are asking tough questions about inclusivity throughout the interview process.
Remote Recruiting: The pandemic already forced interviews and other recruitment events online, and because work itself was almost entirely virtual, hiring managers could now go after a much larger pool of prospective employees. Expect this to continue even after organizations return to the office, given the cost, convenience, and wide reach of virtual job fairs and similar initiatives.
Flexibility: Another pandemic hiring impact is the renewed focus on work/life balance. Many organizations have introduced policies that enable employees to take leave to care for family members affected by COVID. Others have recognized the challenges employees with school-aged children face with remote learning and have rolled out flexible office hours or other programs to help ease the stress. Employees and new hires alike will increasingly seek and advocate for this type of flexibility.
At the other end of the spectrum, there are some trends on the decline. For example:
In-Office Perks: This one should come as no surprise. After all, Bagel Friday loses its luster when no one is physically in the office.
Traditional Onboarding: The traditional in-person onboarding, comprised of an office tour, keycard and laptop pickup, and lunch with team members, has evolved. In addition, companies are introducing new hires to digital technologies and training them in cybersecurity best practices.
Job Aggregators: Hiring experts believe large job aggregator sites are becoming less useful, as companies are typically inundated with responses. Many of these come from under-qualified applicants and require time and resources to sift through and identify potential candidates. As such, expect to see more organizations turning instead to targeted marketplaces or niche sites.How does your organization stack up when it comes to hiring and recruitment?
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