In these times of uncertainty, should you put recruitment on hold?

If you were, until a few months ago, actively recruiting staff, planning to recruit or just considering improving how you recruit staff, it may seem like a sensible option to put everything on hold until this crisis pans out. For some businesses, this is the best course of action but not for all.

There is a case to be made for continuing with your recruitment plans. Here’s why:

Consider long term plans, not short term issues

The current covid crisis may be all-consuming at the moment but it will pass and some normality will resume. You could potentially lose several months by putting recruitment plans on ice. Attracting the right people now will put you in a strong position when market demand increases again and many of your competitors will be working to catch up.

Strong job market

It is highly likely that there is a huge amount of talent out there at the moment due to people having been made redundant and freelancers looking for more security in addition to those who were already looking. This could be an opportunity to snap up some really good candidates.

Increase capacity

You may find that your workforce is now somewhat depleted. Staff may still be self-isolating who can’t work from home and if schools do close, many parents will have to care for children and may be unable to work. These are short term issues so we’re not suggesting you should replace these people but if you were recruiting anyway, this could give you an opportunity to increase capacity and minimise disruption.

Continuous improvement

If you have identified that you need to improve your recruitment processes and strategy then this isn’t going to change. If you were already planning to improve skills and expertise in the business then why not start putting the training and development in place now (you would still need to do it at some point) and that way, when this period passes you are ready to hit the ground running with an improved recruitment strategy and enhanced skills and ways of doing things.

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