An important member of your team has recently left your company. The role is essential to the function of your company. Yet, you are unsure where to begin your recruitment efforts. Additionally, you feel as though you have a limited bandwidth, time, resources, and overall expertise. Given these reasons, you feel partnering with a recruitment agency would be your best option for finding the most qualified candidate for your vacancy. However, prior to selecting an agency, take into consideration a few of the following factors.
With the uncertainty that COVID-19 brings, employers are reacting in a variety of ways. Some have an immediate response and cut staff, while other employers shift seamlessly to a telework model to save on operational costs. There are companies that implement a hiring freeze, and some use innovative ideas to create a “business as usual” environment. Current staff and future potential employees are watching and evaluating the decisions employers make today, and they base employment choices on what they see and hear.
As the workplace becomes increasingly diverse, managing difference in the workplace is a priority. Further, recent events have sparked widespread recognition of the need for change. This has served as a catalyst for organizations to take collective action around internal efforts to increase diversity and inclusion. To adapt and meet the needs of a global workforce, organizations are focusing effort and resources toward diversity initiatives.
By now, as a business owner you are likely aware of the Emergency Standard that went into effect Monday, July 27, 2020 in the state of Virginia to combat the spread of COVID-19. Virginia was the first state in the nation to adopt mandatory standards, quickly followed by California.
Why It Is Important Your business is no longer solely defined by the products or services you sell. Businesses have an obligation to uphold ethical standards and be socially responsible. Consumers are cautious of where they spend, and employees are cautious of where they work. People want to see your response as a business to movements such as #MeToo, the global pandemic, and Black Lives Matter. Your brand messaging, voice, and actions will largely impact whether someone will choose to work with or for you.
Embarking on an organizational wide effort to increase DEI, which means diversity, equity and inclusion, requires a dynamic approach. DEI in all its forms as an HR function, organizational values and culture, strategic direction, supply chain management, etc. differs from other organizational initiatives.