2020 was definitely a year for the record books. If you’re like most employers, you probably found yourself scrambling to move employees online and shutter or restrict in-person operations. As restrictions were lifted, you may have tried to return to some level of normalcy, with strict new guidelines around social distancing and mask-wearing.
2021 promises more of the same, at least for the first part of the year, though new vaccine data is providing some hope that the end of the year will be better. In the meantime, there is likely to be a lot of ongoing uncertainty. As you prepare to hire new staff for the new year, keep these tips in mind.
Prepare for Success in 2021 with These 3 Tips
As the third wave of COVID-19 infections continues to skyrocket, state and local governments are struggling with which, if any, restrictions should be reimplemented. You will need to strike a balancing act between ensuring that you have enough employees to do the work without burning out, and making sure you don’t need to go into a layoff situation should business take a downturn.
Streamline Your Hiring Process
Everyone’s stress levels are high, and this is likely to continue well into 2021. A bloated hiring process can further decrease morale for your HR team, which is likely already stretched thin, and for prospects who may have been out of work for some time. Faster, easier hiring is also cheaper and less time consuming for your company, making it a true win-win. Sit down and go through all the steps of your hiring process to see how they can be simplified or even eliminated.
Work with a Staffing Agency
You can reduce or eliminate most of the problems associated with hiring in this uncertain time by working with a staffing agency. An agency will do most of the legwork for you, finding and vetting qualified candidates and providing you with a shortlist of prospects to interview.
In addition, a staffing agency helps your team remain lean, agile, and flexible. You can utilize temporary or temp-to-hire workers to balance your workload on an as-needed basis. When you’re ready to direct hire one or more full-time employees, you can rely on your existing relationship with the agency to provide candidates who are a good fit with your company.