The Guide to Hiring New Employees During the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted: August 12, 2020

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In addition to putting the health of millions at risk, the COVID-19 pandemic has also been a massive disruption to the economy.

As a result, companies throughout the U.S have been faced with a myriad of challenges from lay-offs and declining revenue to temporary and (in some cases) permanent closures. In other words, it’s been a rough six months for companies, no matter the size or industry.

While the crisis still continues, most businesses have already started to reopen throughout the country. This has caused many new positions to open up, which is great news for individuals who may have lost their jobs at the beginning of the pandemic.

Unfortunately, for employers, hiring new employees at this time can be even more challenging than it was pre-COVID. Thankfully, we’re here to provide some guidance.


Tips for Hiring New Employees During The COVID-19 Crisis

Virtually Interview Candidates (Via Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts)

According to TechRepublic 86% of U.S. companies are conducting virtual job interviews via video conferencing platforms like Zoom and Skype; and for good reason.

These platforms give you the ability to interview candidates without needing to meet in-person. This is important in a time where meeting strangers face-to-face can pose a significant health risk.

Beyond the obvious health benefits though, most video conferencing platforms allow you to record interviews, which can be useful when it comes time to review and choose the most suitable candidate for the job.


Consider Offering Remote Work as a Perk

You’ve probably noticed, but many positions have been going remote lately. While this was the trend long before COVID-19, the pandemic has certainly made an expeditious impact; causing a lot of employers who may have been on the fence about allowing staff to work remotely pre-pandemic to finally pull the trigger.

With that being said, some jobs — like plumbing, roofing, pest control, etc. — simply can’t be done from home. However, those who are in positions such as accounting, finance, and other admin roles can (in most cases) do their jobs from virtually anywhere.

This doesn’t necessarily mean your open positions need to be fully remote, but you should consider offering it on a part-time basis or as an additional perk.


Ensure You’re Providing a Safe Working Environment

When something as simple as going out in public could expose you to COVID-19, it’s understandable that job candidates would be concerned about their potential work environment.

If you haven’t already implemented safety protocols — such as regular cleanings, desks that are 6 feet apart, rules for face masks, etc. — then you should make it a priority. After all, providing a safe working environment should be a given for current employees and anyone joining your team.


Partner with a Boutique Staffing Agency in Texas

One of the most ideal ways to find and hire talent during the COVID-19 crisis is by partnering with a boutique staffing agency in Texas, such as Green Lion Search Group.

In addition to meeting with you to learn about your company and your job requirements, our direct hire contingent staffing service includes sourcing, screening, and interviewing job candidates. We’ll only present you with the most qualified individuals for various positions. Get started by contacting Green Lion Search Group today!