2020 was the year that forced many companies and industries to adapt at breakneck speed. While some of these changes were a temporary response to the specific circumstances of the pandemic, others are here for good. Though there are still some unknowns regarding the economy, the potential return to normal is on the horizon, and 2021 is poised to be a very successful year for many businesses. Let’s take a look at some recruiting and hiring trends that are going strong right now.
The Expanding Role of Technology
The pandemic severely limited in-person interactions for a long time, and so companies pivoted to virtual solutions for their recruitment needs. Video interviews and onboarding, once seen as only for special circumstances, have moved into the mainstream. Now that most of us are at least comfortable with the technology for virtual interactions, this trend is here to stay. Working from home is also not going anywhere for some industries. Employees enjoy the flexibility and lack of commute, and many employers have found that remote work is more successful than they had anticipated. Now that the technical infrastructure is in place, even when things return to normal, there’s a good chance that many employees will remain off-site, at least some of the time.
Diversity and Inclusion
2020 was a year of sweeping social justice movements, leading to a renewed focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in many areas. Job candidates are expressing the importance of DEI in the workplace, and businesses are taking steps to reduce bias in the hiring process, including rewriting job postings with inclusive language. The goal is to recruit from a larger pool of untapped talent and underrepresented professionals. It’s a great way to stay competitive—diverse organizations tend to be more creative and have stronger bottom lines.
Search expectations and job requirements have shifted a bit during the pandemic. Safety continues to be among the top priorities for candidates. They will continue to need reassurances of workplace safety in light of continuing community transmission of COVID-19. Employers keyed into this concern are sure to mention points such as cleanliness, physical distancing, and temperature checks in their job listings. The availability of paid sick leave and remote or hybrid work also reassure candidates that you are serious about employee safety in the workplace.
The odds are good that no matter what industry you’re in, your 2021 hiring needs are going to increase. Innovative Career Resources and Staffing can help you navigate these hiring trends and everything else 2021 brings your way. Get in touch with us and let’s partner together to help your business thrive this year.