Safe Employee Hiring During the Crisis: All You Need to Consider

In the event of a crisis, every part of your business may seem to come to a halt. However, it is important to maintain a sense of normalcy. Hiring does not need to stop during a crisis. With the following tips in mind, the process can be successful.

 

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1.   Assess Your Business

Find out where your business stands before you start the hiring process. Answer the following important questions:

What do we have?

Find out what positions your business has and which ones you need to fill. Assess how your business can change to adjust to your changing needs during a crisis. Do you need employees to work remotely? Do you have the appropriate infrastructure? or do you need to build it?

What is unnecessary?

A crisis will bring to light the unnecessary regulations that may be affecting your efficiency and speed during the hiring process. You may need to get rid of them, at least temporarily. Determine the parts of your hiring process and business that need to go before you start the process.

What do you need?

You may need to change the way your business works during a crisis. You may need to increase the number of employees in certain departments. For example, you may have to reduce front-office staff and increase the number of cleaners.

2.   Background Check

You do not want to hire someone with a history of fraud, lying about their experience, violence, or stealing. Hiring the wrong employee is even worse during a crisis. Their behavior may have a significant impact on the company’s reputation and well-being.

A background check will improve the quality of your employees. A background check will help your business uncover inaccuracies, misrepresentation, and false information. It will reduce the risks of negligent hiring. If you are concerned about how long the background check will take, your provider will give you an answer. It may take a few minutes or a few days. The duration varies depending on your needs.

3.   Change Your Hiring Process

Hiring takes up a lot of your valuable time and money. During a crisis, your business may not afford it. Consider changing your hiring process to suit your changing needs. A crisis will change every part of your business and hiring is not different. You may need recruitment tools to make the process faster.

It may also be necessary to change the recruitment language as you will be trying to find employees in a different setting. The tools, languages, and procedures that worked in the past are unlikely to work during a crisis. Businesses must be willing to change from processes that worked in the past. In times of crisis, the past is temporarily over.

4.   Hire from New Pools of Employees

Every crisis affects certain industries more than others. It is, therefore, easy to find skilled and newly available employees. The following tips may help you find the right employees:

  • Use local media to let potential employees know that you are hiring. They can help you fill emerging demands even temporarily
  • Use suitable job descriptions and titles to help potential employees know that their experience from previous jobs would be appreciated in your business
  • Use contract positions to target people who may have lost their jobs during the crisis.

5.   Change Your Idea of Valued Skill Sets

A crisis will change the requirements and skills you look for in new employees. You may need to target skill sets that you may have ignored in the past. Workers that you may need to target include:

Virtual Workers

You are likely to need virtual workers during a crisis. The right employees should fit into your team effortlessly. They should not struggle with modern technologies or the idea of working remotely. Find virtual workers with experience in project management software, teleconferencing software, and messaging platforms.

Perspective

The right employees during a crisis should value perspective. Some employees may have trouble justifying success when others are struggling with job loss during a crisis. You need employees that understand the value of work during a crisis.

Fast Learners

You do not have a lot of time to train new employees during a crisis. Find employees with a record of being fast learners. They should have worked at least a few years at different jobs without any cases of disciplinary action.

What you consider to be a good job candidate is likely to change during a crisis. You need someone with a unique skill set to get the job done during a crisis.