During a crisis may not seem like the best time to hire new employees. A crisis like the 2020 coronavirus pandemic can see many companies shut down. However, all businesses aren’t affected equally. In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, some companies were able to continue functioning like normal with employees working from home. Others were considered essential and allowed to remain open. Yet others found business increased as their products were in high demand during the crisis.
Should your company hire during a crisis? If so, what do you need to consider when hiring?
Assess Your Hiring Needs
The first step is to reassess your hiring needs. Even if you’re not in an industry that’s in high demand during that crisis, you shouldn’t assume that all hiring needs to stop. Some businesses may need to hire quickly to accommodate an increase in sales. Others can adapt to the ongoing crisis and continue business as normal.
During a crisis, it’s important to hire for the business’ essential needs first. After immediate needs have been filled, then you can focus on positions that can be both filled and performed remotely. What type of worker fits your company’s needs best during the crisis? If full-time workers aren’t the best fit for your open positions, consider hiring part-time workers or contract workers instead.
Evaluate Existing Hiring Processes
Your hiring processes may be perfect during normal times, but during a crisis, things are far from normal. You may need to adjust your hiring and onboarding processes so that they can be done remotely. Having a plan in place before you hire can help ensure a smooth transition of your successful candidates into your workforce.
Rethink Valuable Skills
The coronavirus pandemic has seen unprecedented numbers of remote workers. Candidates who are already accustomed to working remotely and have experience using technology such as Zoom or other communication technologies may be able to jump into their new role more quickly.
Being able to work well remotely isn’t the only skill that’s valuable during a crisis. Anyone who can learn quickly will be able to assimilate into a new role faster. People who are able to work independently can also thrive in a crisis.
Consider the Recently Laid-Off
A crisis can affect the economy, resulting in many businesses that are forced to lay off employees. If your company is in a position to hire, there are plenty of skilled workers currently looking for a new job. Even if a candidate is from a different industry, they may still have skills that could fit your company’s needs.
Plus, employees who have been laid off before may be calmer in a crisis. They’ve experienced layoffs or even a crisis before and may not be easily shaken. These may be good employees who can help your company through the current crisis.
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