Many organisations have now embraced remote work. Even after the threat of COVID-19 fades and a full return to the physical workplace becomes possible, many employers are expected to continue remote work. Organisations should take the time to understand how the continuing popularity of these work arrangements will open up many new possibilities.
As fewer employees need to live in close proximity to a physical workplace, employers are likely to find they can now access a far broader talent pool when attempting to fill new or open positions. Similarly, many talented candidates may now discover there are far more options available to them due to distance no longer being a factor. With these things in mind, it’s important for employers to reconsider the following aspects of searching for the best candidates, such as:
- Recruitment practices—There are many online recruiting websites that specialise specifically in remote job postings. Sharing postings on social media and asking employees to share openings themselves can also help employers reach a new network of candidates.
- Job descriptions—Employers should be clear and transparent about a position’s requirements and the organisation’s philosophy towards remote work as a whole. Furthermore, any requirements related to time zones, schedules and technology should also be thoroughly explained.
- Perks—While employees spending every day in a physical workplace may enjoy free beverages or an attractive location, employers should think about how they may be able to provide similar comforts to remote workers. For example, while a remote employee will not be able to grab a free cup of coffee from the break room, employers could create a similar perk by providing a gift card to a nearby cafe or coffeehouse.
- Diversity awareness—When recruiting remotely, employers may be more likely to meet candidates who come from diverse backgrounds. It’s important that all applicants feel like they are interviewing with an inclusive organisation that will respect them.
As many organisations attempt to recover from the pandemic, there may be significant competition for top talent. Employers that make the necessary adjustments to their recruiting processes may find themselves with a significant advantage when attempting to reach the best candidates.