The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way you do business. Your company has been turned upside down this year, but thankfully, it’s still thriving. In fact, you need to hire more employees.

You know your standard hiring practices won’t work right now, but you’re not sure how to adapt. Here are a few tips to help you find the best person for the job amid the current chaos.

Emphasize Key Benefits

Offering a seriously competitive salary has long been one of the best ways to entice the best and brightest talent. However, if you’re like most companies, you’re trying to keep costs as lean as possible right now. Pushing payroll expenses to the limit could quickly become problematic, so you’re — quite wisely — not willing to go down that route.

However, you can still attract top talent by offering benefits people value more than ever right now. Perks like the ability to work from home, flexible work hours, healthcare coverage, and paid sick days are highly coveted, so if you can provide them, use this in your marketing strategy.

Keep Screening Processes in Place

If you need to fill open positions quickly, you might look for ways to streamline your hiring process. This makes sense, but eliminating important screening practices — i.e., background check, drug test, calling references — does not. Failing to vet candidates properly can cause you to make a bad hire, which will be very costly in the long term.

Consider Flexible Options

You need to hire more employees to keep operations running smoothly. However, you’re nervous about making a long-term commitment in this uncertain economy. Partnering with a staffing agency to hire temporary workers can be a great solution because you’re able to get the help you need during busy periods, without any obligation to keep them on board if things slow down.

If you don’t want a certain employee to leave at the end of their contract, you can offer them a full-time gig. This gives you the dual benefit of giving the worker a trial run and having more time to see what happens with the economy before making a long-term hiring decision.

Go Virtual With Your Interview Process

Due to social distancing guidelines, many candidates will be hesitant to participate in a standard in-person job interview. If possible, show your commitment to safety by holding interviews remotely, using videoconferencing tools, and allowing candidates to complete all paperwork online.

In addition to promoting the well-being of everyone involved, it can also speed up the interview process, as it’s typically easier for people to jump on a call than arrange a visit to your workplace.

Are you worried about hiring during the pandemic? PrideStaff Northern Kentucky is here to guide your search. Contact us today to find out what we can do for you!

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