Don’t be Afraid of Remote Recruiting

Some people are understandably nervous of recruiting under the current constraints of social distancing, but this could be the perfect time for you to test ‘remote recruiting’.  Many people think that remote working could be the new norm, so how do those without experience of this adjust and make it work when recruiting new staff?

It is not necessary to put all recruitment on hold until everyone is back in the office – it is possible to recruit remotely – many companies have done this on a regular basis before it became a reality for us all.  Whether you want to consider this as just an interim measure or a more permanent solution, making this work will not only help you to keep your business moving in the current climate but may also be used as an attractive option for the future.  Being able to offer a mixture of remote and office based employment will not only present cost savings but also make you more attractive to future employees. 

Whilst many of us may be used to some form of remote interviewing, taking this one step further to ‘on-board’ new staff remotely may seem daunting and more of a challenge.  We all know how important the first days and weeks of new employment are, both for the candidate and the client, so it is extremely important to get this right, whether in an office or a remote location.  It is obviously important to make sure that your remote employee has the right equipment and technology and that you think about how your existing processes can be adapted to work in a remote setting. With the wide range of video and communication options that are available it is easy to have face to face regular contact wherever your staff are based and getting regular feedback from your new employee will ensure that you arrive at solutions that work for you both.  Our recent blog Remote induction of a new member of staff during the lockdown gives some useful tips on things you will need to consider.  REC business partner Howden has created a hub of resources to help employers manage employee wellbeing and includes a very useful 13 page guide to welcoming new team members remotely (towards the bottom half of the page) on On-boarding in a virtual world.

Many of our clients now recruiting remotely, with no previous experience of this, are finding that starting new employees on a part-time basis has helped them.  This has allowed them to adjust in a more manageable way.

The current situation has proved conclusively that flexibility in working patterns can work and that you don’t physically have to be in the same space to make decisions and work as a team. The enforced lockdown that arrived without warning has meant we have all needed to adapt and live and work in different ways.  There may be many negatives that we have all experienced from this but hopefully there will also be some positives that will help us all continue to build robust businesses that can thrive wherever we are based.

Further reading:

Here’s a quote from a candidate we placed recently: https://blog.atwoodtatepublishingjobs.co.uk/candidate-testimonials

Guardian article: The new rules of remote recruiting

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