The day we all went into lockdown feels like years ago. As a business owner of a recruitment consultancy, 2020 has been the most mentally taxing and exhausting period of time, even more than the year we started Bamboo Crowd, which many had said would be the most difficult.
Mental health has always been a priority to me, particularly as mental health problems do run in my family. This year, I have certainly seen the impact that this new world and way of living has had on everyone’s mental health, particularly when it comes to those closest to me, whether that be family, friends, or coworkers.
While we’re facing tough economic times ahead, companies are still hiring and people are still looking for work. One opportunity the pandemic has presented to many of us is a chance to reflect on what is important to us and our happiness. This has led many people to think about what type of job they really want to be doing. And companies are thinking at this moment about what type of culture and team they want to build. At Bamboo Crowd, we've had inspiring calls with thousands of candidates over the last few months. Many are looking for more meaningful and rewarding work.
In a series of three articles, I’ll explore the recruiting and jobseeker space and offer my advice, thoughts, and guidance to help people along this journey and, hopefully, make the experience a bit better.
The three areas I’ll be exploring are:
- Onboarding new hires. But rather than focusing on how to do it, I’ll explore the issues that we should prioritize and be mindful of right now.
- Looking for a job in a new field. How do you sidestep into a new industry or trade to find greater happiness and fulfillment?
- Employee experience. In the last post, I explore how business owners and leaders should approach our new virtual world
We begin with virtual onboarding for new hires. Never before have so many companies had to adjust to a new way of hiring. No office tour, no meeting the team over drinks, no handshakes. The virtual hiring and onboarding experience is a different world. Drawing from the many candidates that we’ve placed this year, here are some takeaways and tactics that I think should be prioritized.