There has been a lot of doom and gloom during the past 12 months and I’m sure there will be bumps on the road to recovery. However, a number of our clients particularly in the scientific and technical areas are busy looking for more employees as the need for their services is already increasing fast. This is great news and also comes at a time when there are many people with high levels of skill looking for work.
A number of challenges will face businesses as they seek to take advantage of “the new normal” to make sure that any efforts made and bringing on the extra resource is not undermined because the new staff aren’t right for the organisation. The key to this is a process of finding out exactly what resource is needed, whether it should be by employing staff, or outsourcing non-central roles to separate organisations.
When going through a period of rapid growth the last thing you want to do is focus on nonessential administration tasks rather than ensuring that you have the resources to deliver the services that you are offering to your clients.
There are a number of steps that we suggest you take first before embarking on this process.
- Match the number of staff that you have available with the new business that you intend to take on. It is worth considering part time staff as in certain circumstances these can be more effective than full time employees.
- Identify the skills that you need and possibly more importantly the personalities that best fit the work that needs to be done.
- Decide where the work can take place. With the growth of home-working it may be that you could reduce any costs relating to accommodation by matching the people who do not require office space to the work that you need doing. However you will need to make sure that their domestic circumstances allow them to work from home.
- When recruiting, make sure but certain basics are undertaken such as examining whether the people that you are offering jobs to have the right to work in the UK. This is particularly important post-Brexit as the pool of people who are automatically entitled to work in the UK has been greatly reduced.
- Since April 2020, it has been a legal requirement to issue a statement of main terms of employment on day one of the employment (or earlier if that is possible).
- A large number of people are currently looking for work and sometimes the experience that they claim to have doesn’t match reality (I think that’s the polite way of putting it). Some form of checking either by seeking references, competency testing, or asking them to show you a portfolio of work is by far the most effective way of finding out if people have the skills that they claimed to have on their CV.
- It is often said that if you cannot find the right person for the job don’t recruit somebody who isn’t quite right. The truth is this general principle is nearly always ignored as the pressure to get resources, means that you will take somebody who isn’t quite what you want in order to just ensure that work gets done. In these circumstances, it’s worth having a database of independent contractors who can fulfil that work so as to fill the gap whilst you try to find the person that’s right for your company.
- There’s no such thing as the perfect answer. It is important to make sure that whoever you recruit fits in with the culture of your organisation. It is worth giving some thought to this so that when you are looking to select people for either interview or to offer a job too that you are aware of what culture you want and whether these people can fit into that.
Are you ready to begin the hiring process to help the growth of your business? Now is a great time to expand as there is a wealth of talent waiting to be recruited. The pool of talent has also expanded following the success of working from home. The key is to find the right personality fit for your culture. If you need advice on how to recruit the right fit or want to outsource the process from start to finish, book a free consultation here to get the process started. Or contact us on 0161 850 1122 for a quick chat.