Relief for Some of HR's Biggest Recruiting Headaches

Relief for Some of HR's Biggest Recruiting Headaches
From Recruiter - December 6, 2016

As with most industries, advancing technology and evolving employee expectations have made their mark on HR, posing a unique set of challenges for staffing professionals to overcome.

For one, the days of employees sticking with one company for decades are long gone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average employee tenure is about 4.2 years, which creates an acute headache for HR professionals forced to constantly seek the best candidates. In fact,according to a survey by OfficeTeam, nearly 40 percent of HR employees say that recruiting new candidates is their No. 1 challenge.

Another major challenge facing HR professionals is transitioning core processes to the digital realm. For instance, a report from WorkJam found that 61 percent of businesses that rely on hourly employees still use paper applications, and only 10 percent have mobile-optimized applications for HR processes.

Many of the headaches in todays HR environment are exacerbated by a just get it done mentality that doesnt leave room for exploring better methods of accomplishing vital tasks. For small and midsize companies especially, this siloed attitude results in chaotic recruiting experiences without standardized onboarding, which ultimately leads to continued turnover.

Thankfully, there are ways to lessen the pain and make the hiring process go more smoothly. Here are a few simple strategies:

1. Make Your Candidate Search Both Digital and Social

Finding qualified candidates has gone social. The rise in freelancing and entrepreneurship means that many of the most qualified individuals are working for themselves. This trend forces businesses to look for employees rather than wait for potential candidates to submit applications.

Savvy companies such as Google and Apple find new employees not by looking over official resumes, but by combing through social media profiles on Facebook and LinkedIn. To attract top talent, companies are also advertising themselves with socially conscious commercials and visible online presences.

2. Lure Top Talent With Great Benefits

A companys benefits package is an incredibly important part of attracting the right candidates. Keep in mind that todays potential employees are looking for perks outside the normtheyre looking for more than a salary and two weeks of vacation.

Most notably, millennials prefer socially conscious companies that grant time off to volunteer. These employees also prefer the option to work remotely or telecommute. Offering a schedule based on productivity rather than face time is an essential way to separate your company from its competition and attract the newest talent.


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