Hiring and Recruiting are not the same thing
Both are time consuming and require the right resources. Both also offer the opportunity to reevaluate how you operate and come up with better strategies to find and keep good people.
Even if hiring is at a full stop for you at the moment, your recruiting efforts should continue as always. Hiring and recruiting are not at all the same thing.
Don’t let high unemployment fool you into thinking your perfect candidate will be easy to find. We still see skill gaps and talent scarcity in many industries and geographic areas and we can expect this to continue.
In addition, Covid is likely shining a light on any gaps you have in talent, and perhaps in leadership, as we see how people behave and perform under stress.
#1, Successful recovery from the diverse challenges this pandemic has created will be largely based on the people you have on your team.
It is mission critical that you continuously recruit people with both skills and cultural fit so you can hire them immediately when the time is right.
Deloitte put it well in a recent article published in Harvard Business Review:
“The biggest challenge organizations will likely face in recovery is the tension between getting back to work and rethinking work as they embrace a new reality.”
Phase 1 was about safety and responsibility, which may even have meant shutting down temporarily. In phase 2, businesses face uncertainties in every direction: the economy, the markets, and workplaces themselves.
Top talent has always defined business success, and companies that continuously recruit are a step ahead of everyone else. Business continuity has always been dependent on people continuity, in good times and challenging ones.
Because one size does not fit all, every business must figure out its unique way through phase 2 recovery, using both head and heart. Focusing on these four areas will give you a good start from a head perspective:
Vibhas Ratanjee, a lead consultant for Gallup, says healthcare workers need to know leaders have their back. They should cultivate holistic employee wellbeing to shield workers from burnout and promote exceptional performance during the Covid-19. Good advice for all of us.