3 Hiring Trends During the Global COVID-19 Pandemic

There has been a significant shift toward remote work as a result of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many organizations are finding they are able to continue to conduct business operations without staff working in the same facility or office. The pandemic is also altering the hiring landscape, causing employers and recruiters to focus on conducting the hiring process virtually and hire remote employees.

Here are the three top hiring trends that we’re seeing amid the coronavirus pandemic:

Hiring locally shifts to hiring nationally or even globally.

Traditional hiring relied on finding job candidates in the specific city or area that a facility is located. With the increase in remote work, recruiters no longer have to focus solely on a particular location to find qualified candidates. This is opening up a much wider talent pool to look for skilled individuals who could do the job well.

At Aarcher Talent, we hire nationally across the United States. We have an extensive network of talent to help employers fill a variety of EHS roles. Our team of recruiters helps employers find talented staff to fill both remote positions and jobs in specific locations.

The use of video communication platforms for meetings and interviews has increased.

Not only have video communication platforms, like Skype and Zoom, made it possible for employers to connect with their current staff to keep business moving forward, it has also enabled recruiters to conduct job interviews virtually. With the help of video conferencing, remote work will continue to be an effective method of doing business even after the pandemic is over.

Many employers are shifting their views of telecommuting.

Prior to the pandemic, many employers believed that employees would be less productive when they’re working from home. However, according to Gallup’s 2017 report, State of the American Workplace, and research by advocacy group 1 Million for Work Flexibility, remote employees can be 20 to 25 percent more productive than their colleagues who work onsite. The shift to telecommuting as a result of the pandemic has proven to many employers that team members can actually be just as if not more efficient when they’re working from home. This is paving the way for more organizations to hire for remote jobs.

The growing trend of remote work and hiring for remote positions is likely to continue even after the pandemic, as it has shown many employers that it is possible for business to continue to operate smoothly even while staff is working from home.


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