“I’m really happy to interview between Christmas and New Year”

Many business owners and directors kick off the New Year with fresh energy and ambition to grow their company. After a hard year they recharge during the break and wham! 2023 starts with a bang.

New markets, campaigns, products, offers, systems or processes; whatever’s planned to take the business forward in 2023 may need more resources and new skills to make them happen. You’d imagine recruitment might be in the project plan but it is frequently missed off the critical path, especially at this time of year.

Businesses commencing the recruitment process in mid-December for an early January start are likely to experience a disjointed, longer process. Many job-seekers take a break from job-hunting during the Christmas period and arranging interviews and communicating with people generally takes longer and extends timings at this time of year.

We’ve often heard “I’m really happy to interview between Christmas and New Year” from panicking clients in their desperation to complete the process. Whilst we help where we can and will indeed try to set up interviews between Christmas and New Year the challenge remains and the risk doesn’t go away.

Get ahead of the game

We’re working with thoughtful Clients on their flexible, part-time and hybrid recruitment needs right now for January start dates. But there’s still a few weeks to kick the process off and get ahead of the game. For 2023 part-time professionals, get in touch now with Jane O’Gorman for a chat about getting your recruiting process up and running. Our team takes the effort and hassle away from you at every stage so even if you’re busy, we can take the strain.

It’s worth highlighting another critical consideration for a January start date and that’s developing the onboarding programme. Many of the business and HR leaders who contributed to our new Flexible Working in SMEs briefing (download your free copy) emphasised the importance of a smooth and engaging onboarding process in helping the new employees become effective and productive quickly. They recommended involving members of the team to welcome new colleagues and create a collaborative environment but during a hectic January period, finding time in their diaries can be a challenge so pencil welcome and briefing sessions in before things go mad on 3rd January.

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