You’ve finished your 2018 planning and have ambitious goals in your sights. And to achieve those goals, you know you’ll need some extra resource. 

But beware, the recruitment process is longer than you might think. It can actually take several weeks to find the perfect new member of staff for your company. So if you’re looking for great staff to kick off 2018 with a bang, now’s the time to get busy.

Kicking off the recruitment process

The early part of the recruitment process takes time; advertising the role, filtering and assessing the applications and then arranging interviews with shortlisted candidates. Working with an experienced recruiter can take this pain away. Plus they’ll also do initial screening so you only meet candidates who are well suited to the role.

Don’t mention the notice period

Strong candidates may already be in a role and need to give notice to their existing company. This can be anything from one month to three – and, although rare, in some cases for highly specialised and senior roles it can be as long as six months!

Even if your recruit is on gardening leave or between jobs, it can take time for you to set up their work station, write a job description, plan an induction and agree a start date with the rest of the team.

Christmas can slow you down

The recruitment process can be a drawn out affair, but don’t underestimate the impact the Christmas period can have. Many candidates stop looking for work in the lead up to Christmas and take time out to be with families or go away, so this can slow the whole recruitment process down by a good couple of weeks at least.

Let’s face it, it’s the season to be jolly but it can also be a time when offices are pushed to the limit fitting everything in. Hands up who gets their annual lurgies at this time of year?! Just saying!

Hiring flexible workers can boost productivity

If you want to find new people to support an overworked existing team or to replace a person who is leaving, fill a talent gap or bolster your existing work force, flexible or part-time workers can be the perfect solution.

The businesses we work with have found that flexible or part-time workers are hugely productive. Each day is deadline driven to get everything done in order to leave for other commitments or to handover for the day. Behaviour that is ideal at a time when the UK is facing a ‘productivity crisis’.

Not only do flexible and part-time workers offer great skills and experience, but they’re also focused, loyal and reliable members of staff. They can easily fulfil your staffing requirement – they just need flexibility to do it. You honestly won’t look back.

Make 2018 your most profitable and productive year yet. Get in touch with your nearest Ten2Two office to find out how we can help your recruitment process along. Let Ten2Two help you recruit great staff for the new year. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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