The COVID-19 pandemic has already changed the shape of working – but what will its future impact on recruitment and business in general be? What permanent changes are likely when recruiting staff?
The Glen Callum Story for COVID-19 is a story I’m certain was mirrored within recruitment organisations throughout the UK, if not globally. Our initial concern was to safeguard our Team and to make sure that “business as usual” was the order of the day for as long as possible. We started to ensure that our own business was protected by ordering in hand sanitising units and complying with the guidelines on hand washing, tissues, cleaning of desks and adherence to the social distancing guidelines. All of our IT equipment was re-configured so that home working wasn’t just possible, but it was proficient, and our staff undertook trial periods at home. We looked at the holes in our business with regards to ensuring we could continue if staff were off sick or self-isolating and we set up social networking groups so that staff could communicate on both a business and personal basis.
We ensured continued contact with our clients via virtual meetings and any interviews that were carried out at our premises were strictly adhering to the rules (pre-lockdown), and wherever possible we encouraged and took an active part in arranging interviews via videolink. Whilst some clients put their recruitment plans on hold, others embraced the opportunity to continue with the process by using virtual means and we were happy to assist with the training and set up of our recommended video platforms.
Our service provision…
As a recruitment business our prime concern is the welfare of our staff, whilst also ensuring we offer our usual high standard of service. Whilst the majority of our team are no longer in the office, but working from home, we have now entered the phase of the pandemic which is “how recruitment continues during and following lockdown”.
How to continue during lockdown
Whilst working from home our staff have been successful in showing resilience and adapting to a role outside of the office. Whist we are still having regular virtual meetings and keeping hold of the GCA team culture, it has been an experience which has allowed our staff the flexibility to continue with their role whilst remaining safe.
Making the clients job easier….
Whilst the world of work is changing, we have posed the question what will the future look like for recruitment whilst living with Covid-19 and hopefully post Covid-19?
We have spent a great deal of time discussing how we can assist our clients with the challenges of the changes brought about by the “new way of working”, a world whereby virtual meetings, home working, flexibility and building online and video relationships are the new norm. We believe that companies and organisations that embrace and adapt to the changes will be the companies that succeed and grow.
Whilst as a company we have successfully adapted to the changes we appreciate that other companies and organisations may now be looking at ways of embracing and working though these changes and therefore we would like to offer our assistance to our clients and are offering “no-obligation for recruitment” discussions in the following areas:
- New Technologies
- People Management
- Strategic/future planning
- Talent availability
We have had to adapt and incorporate change into our business, and we are receptive to discussions with our clients on sharing our own experiences.
This is a time for companies and organisations to understand what needs they have to ensure their business survives, not only the current pandemic, but ever-changing business. Flexibility and adaptation, not only with employee activities, but with consideration for future proofing business for similar events or disruptions.
At a time when the culture is “lets help one another and get through this” we are very much open to dialogue with clients; past, present and hopefully future, on how to survive as a business and to put in place measures to adapt and grow. Contact our team here by calling our office line on 01384485274 or email your details to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will get in touch.
Stay safe, adapt and embrace.