Starting 2021 off by hiring new employees may be stressful. Organizations looking to hire for the new year may be faced with labor shortage challenges as well as employees who are being much more selective to positions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers must take into account the needs of employees during these unprecedented times and allow for flexibility, opportunity and development. Follow these tips below for hiring employees in 2021


Promote flexibility in the workplace


Allow employees to have flexible work opportunities, if available. Promote employees to work remotely if applicable and allow flexibility in scheduling. Whether employees are tasked with childcare, arranging transportation or need flexibility to help loved ones or those affected by the pandemic, showing that their needs are important to you is essential.   

Keep up with COVID-19 protocols


Be sure to stay on top of safety protocols when returning to the workplace in 2021. Maintain cleaning schedules, appropriate PPE, work station sanitation and frequent handwashing. Close common areas where employees may tend to gather such as the kitchen, copy room or in breakrooms. It is still important to provide employees with kitchen resources such as a microwave or refrigerator, but urge against congregating or groups in those areas.   

Regular communication


Promote regular employee check ins. Communication is key- so be sure to share important updates, information and other news to employees as it becomes available. Ensure new employees are set up to receive digital communications as well as added to any distribution lists. Temporary employees should be included in these communications, as they are employees at your facility!   


Update or revise onboarding  


New employee onboarding is key for both internal and temporary employees. Be sure to regularly check and update onboarding documents, processes and requirements. Make sure new employees feel welcomed and show your eagerness to have them in the workplace. Include any important safety information and review protocols for safety in the workplace.   


Work with a staffing partner you can trust  


For over 65 years, Nesco Resource has been assisting companies find quality candidates. From one day to long-term assignments, we provide candidates to fit your needs. For more information, contact your local Nesco Resource branch today.