HR is evolving at a quick pace in the current situation. Especially during the global pandemic, visionary HR leaders have had to develop new strategies to anticipate and address talent needs for years to come. The only solution for HR teams to be successful was to be persistent and resort to hiring virtually. With new streams of work coming into play and work from home becoming the norm, HR teams have to think out of the box to hire virtual employees. Their major area of concern during the pandemic was whether or not they could keep the same pace of hiring as what it used to be before the pandemic. Here are a few strategies to help you adapt to talent strategies in this swiftly evolving environment.
Clear and Crisp Communication
It was earlier assumed that when employees work from home, they would not be as productive. This pandemic has taught us otherwise. During these times of difficulty, companies who took the lead in ensuring the safety of their employees and taking care of their welfare fared much better than other companies who neglected their employees. The most beneficial virtual talent strategy is to keep the employees abreast with all the relevant development information. Companies can create a social page for the employees to share information and also receive feedback from them. This will ensure the employees are always engaged with the business so they can contribute more and become more productive while working from home.
Use AI and Data to Your Advantage
We should understand that we are now in a digital age and there is ample opportunity to keep upgrading our technology. We should be able to harness the power of digital transformation to make our business agile with data-driven decisions. HR teams can opt for virtual staffing in order to close more jobs at a faster pace. This allows the teams to move away from transactional work and involve themselves in work that is more relevant such as maintaining human interactions while letting machines to do the rest of the work. Usually, the HR manager wastes a lot of time in manual work such as filtering applications based on job requirements, sorting out profiles for different job functions, processing salaries and other such functions. If these tasks can be automated, it will free the HR manager and his team and they can focus on building true and better human relations. AI powered tools can make the task easier and can simplify the hiring process to make hiring more efficient.
Be Flexible & Focus on Employee Agility
Hiring teams need to be agile and flexible during challenging times like the one we just witnessed. During the pandemic, businesses planned for work situations within days and these reactions had to come quickly as governments had passed orders for immediate lockdowns for businesses. In order to be sustainable, suitable alternatives had to be decided quickly. In this situation, businesses and talent managers have to be flexible to empower employees to work independently. Companies are also looking to constantly grow in-house talent. This pandemic has caused so much unpredictability and it is wise for companies to understand their employees’ skills while also considering temporary assignments for these skilled staff in other related departments. This will boost employee morale and increase employee engagement to promote career development within the organization. These opportunities should be communicated to employees through social pages which can create an environment of transparency. While these employees are being engaged in their newly upgraded positions, the work for which they were hired for can always be fulfilled by virtual staffing. This will ensure that the employees can focus on growth while their core work is still being completed.
Identifying Organizational Structure
To move faster and encourage rapid learning, more and more companies adopt digital transformation. Organizations are constantly developing new plans for the new approaches to conduct their business. The organizational structure in which the company currently operates needs to be completely and thoroughly assessed in order to build the culture that supports and aligns with the business strategy. Poor organizational design will lead to high overheads caused by expensive efforts in hiring.
The COVID pandemic has opened our eyes to the changing environment and this has led to companies understanding their employees’ need for constant communication. This has also led to massive improvements in virtual staffing and technology which is harnessed for future growth.