Effective Hiring in a Pandemic
This is no time to skip steps, gloss over time consuming checks, or hire in haste. Rather, you should take extra time and care to make sure you’re onboarding the right people who will serve you best.
Because most areas of the country are still practicing social distancing, it’s not yet feasible to bring candidates into the workplace to meet with your hiring team. This forces many employers to switch things up, conducting virtual interviews via Zoom, Skype, or Google Hangouts rather than face-to-face.
You may have to require them to come into your workplace for an in-person interview and you must make available the proper safety precautions, such as six feet of distance, masks, gloves and more to protect both parties.
Employers should put incoming employees through the same screening standards as their regular employees. In the face of an emerging, unique employment landscape, it’s vital that you maintain consistent employment screening practices across the board – particularly as more contingent employees are being brought in to perform critical tasks, interact with customers and handle sensitive customer data.
When performing background checks, specific positions within certain industries are subjected to specific background check types. You can move the hiring process along when you know in advance which employees and industries fall into those categories. Consider role-based screening when transitioning current employees into higher-level roles – even if on a temporary basis.
The basics for any onboarding program include outlining the procedures ahead of time and putting standardized procedures in place for training sessions. This shouldn’t change when workers are remote. Start off with a broader company overview and then offer a more specific briefing on the department where the candidate would be working.
A typical onboarding process is usually very lengthy, and remote vetting processes pose further challenges. It’s still important to take the time to fully onboard and integrate an employee to the extent possible that they can understand how your organization works. Your HR department can set up video conference calls to introduce the team, email them welcome packages and provide schedules of remote video meetings.
To learn how we can help you make smart hiring decisions during COVID-19 and beyond, contact us at 858-329-0410 or fill out our online form. From remote employees to multiple locations with multi-step processes, we can help. Book your conversation with one of our Screening Consultants today.