The recent jobs numbers offered a glimmer of optimism to those hoping for a quick rebound to the nation’s economy after months of forced shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. And sure enough, due to an unquenched demand for talent, some industries never hit pause on their hiring when the economy ground to a halt in mid-March. Throughout the pandemic, many hiring professionals in those industries have been adjusting on the fly to keep their talent pipelines flowing with quality candidates.
For example, since mid-March, Andrea O’Brien, a talent-acquisition specialist at pharmaceutical advertising agency Dudnyk, has personally onboarded four new full-time employees — remotely — with no sign of a slowdown. She explains that while her company was fully “onsite” prior to the virus, “we had to adapt our process swiftly once the lockdowns hit.”
For instance, Andrea’s team was already utilizing a buddy-system approach that pairs new hires with tenured workers long before the economic disruption hit. However, she explains that while “normally, a typical new hire would get treated to lunch with their buddy within the first week these days, those lunches now take place on Zoom instead of in a restaurant.”
Beyond such adaptations, Andrea points out that the key to new-hire success has been checking in often during the onboarding process. Indeed, Checkster, a provider of talent and hiring tools, recently conducted a survey of 400 hiring managers across the United States who are still hiring during the pandemic. Findings found that 72% of them said it was extremely or very important to check in with new hires. (Only 1% said it was “not important at all.”)
“It may be more challenging to adjust to a new company when working from home, since it is more difficult for new hires to have casual conversations…