While I acknowledge the transition to remote work was a struggle (I still cringe at the awkward Zoom snafus that continue to plague my daily meetings), I like working from home.
Virtual work issues lie in learning a new structure and routine and finding ways to turn my work life off and separate it from my home life. But after about nine months, I have a pretty good grip on it. And it turns out I’m part of the majority who wants to stay virtual.
3 in 5 U.S. workers working home during the pandemic would prefer to work remotely as much as possible.
As someone in the HR field, I wanted to dig into what this meant for talent sourcing in a hybrid model. I found out that there are three main questions to ask when determining your future sourcing strategy:
With a significant uptick in virtual work environments, sourcing and recruiting professionals are looking to attract top talent who expect flexible work options.
Example: Google announced a flexible work week pilot to kick off in 2021. The pilot will allow for in-office “collaboration days” for all personnel and flexible work from home options or office work options for the rest of the week. We expect Google to set the tone for many other corporations from now on.
The good news is that these expectations can work in your favor as it grants recruiters a larger talent pool. Sourcing candidates worldwide is now an option for businesses who may not have previously opened the doors to global talent. The new sourcing process presents your organisation with opportunities to diversify your team and attract the world’s best talent – whether they live in Los Angeles, Tokyo, or London.
Sourcing involves a strategic process that considers the types of personnel desired and the channels that resonate with your target groups. The 2020 pandemic reset necessitates that you build out your hybrid work opportunities and clearly define what virtual work means for your company.
Example: At my company, we know we are a fully remote organisation until summer 2021. At that point, we will re-evaluate the situation for a safe return to work. We also know that we will have the option to return to the office, as it will not be mandatory at that time.
Questions your organisation should answer to help build out your sourcing strategy include:
You will need to iron these details out before you begin posting and sourcing for open roles. These questions will undoubtedly pop up in interviews and phone screens, so it’s best to get ahead of them now. It’s also important to outline expectations in job descriptions and company communications to current personnel, so you don’t miss out on attracting or retaining top talent.
To implement your sourcing strategy, you can use an intelligent, connected candidate relationship management solution that integrates with the rest of your TA/HR tech stack.
Example: With the right sourcing tool, you can:
Interested in learning more about today’s sourcing strategies and how to overcome virtual hiring challenges? Check out “Power Your Business with Virtual Hiring.”
With a passion for life-long learning, Danielle McClow got her start in higher education before joining iCIMS as a Content Writer. She holds an advanced degree in classic rhetoric and when not writing she wishes to pet all the dogs.