2020 was quite a year, turning everything we knew about work upside down. With vaccines starting to go into arms, we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, but experts predict that we won’t get back to normal until the end of 2021. Your team is undoubtedly stressed out, tired, and worried about the future. If it’s time to start hiring again, here are 4 ways to help your hiring managers get ready for the new year. 

Debrief 

Everyone is ready to say goodbye to 2020 for good, but to avoid lingering issues, it’s important to talk through what happened. Give your hiring managers an open forum to share their frustrations, fears, and concerns. Debriefing helps you and your team shake off the past and enter 2021 with hope. 

Make a Plan 

If your company is like most, 2020 threw your projections and forecasts into shambles. After debriefing, it’s time to start putting the pieces together in a new way. It could take some time for the economy to rebound, so you’re more likely to succeed with a flexible plan that accounts for uncertainty. With new plans in hand, your hiring managers will better understand how many people they need to hire through the year, and what qualities to look for. 

Address Hiring Bias 

Since you’re starting over anyway, this is a great time to take a deep dive into your hiring practices to see how you can do better. Many companies strive for diversity, but unconsciously fall into bias based on mental shortcuts known as heuristics. Adding tools like blind hiring software, which strips data that could lead to bias from resumes, along with standardized interview questions and objective rating scales, can help free your hiring process from accidental bias. 

Partner with a Staffing Company 

To keep your staffing levels flexible and take the pressure off your hiring managers, consider partnering with a staffing agency. Your team won’t need to spend time on finding, recruiting, and vetting candidates. Instead, you’ll be presented with a shortlist of qualified applicants who are ready to go. You can also use temporary or temp-to-hire workers who are employed by the agency, allowing you to increase and decrease staffing as needed.  

If you’re ready for some new talent, contact Pro Resources today.