Over the past two years, the pandemic has upended everything imaginable, from vacation plans to entire sectors of the economy. The workplace has not been spared this upheaval—from the rise of the remote office to the digitalization of many job tasks, Covid-19 has largely rewritten expectations around working. We now live in a world where we electronically connect people, spaces, and business processes to boost productivity and scale-up performance. However, this accelerated digital transformation of the workplace is far from over. The needs of both employees and employers continue to evolve in ways that will profoundly impact the hybrid work models of the future—and the kinds of employees you will need to hire to thrive in these conditions.
To stay competitive in these challenging times and find the right talent fast, HR teams need to understand how this work transformation will impact hiring processes and bring new opportunities. To ensure you continue to hire the best available talent will require new recruitment strategies and practices that involve casting a wide net in your ideal talent pool—but strategies and practices that also counterintuitively can help HR teams reduce recruiting costs.
How remote work is shifting the way skilled professionals work
Working remotely has given employees more freedom and flexibility than ever before and has become one of the table stakes for switching jobs. But for the millennial workforce, the transformation of the workplace runs deeper.
These digital-savvy workers are essential for today’s businesses, helping them improve efficiency, create new products and services, and sustain digital business models. They are at the frontline of innovation. With the help of remote work, these millennials are discovering creative and innovative ways of pursuing a better work-life balance—one that is evolving into a lifestyle designed to last well after Covid, with skilled remote workers who travel, learn and work simultaneously.
As a result, more and more top millennial talent are rethinking their skills advantage on the job market. They command creative reward packages by today’s standards. More importantly, by 2025 more than 50% of the global workforce will consist of millennials, and their attitudes will reshape the world of work and how companies hire for years to come.
How digital workplace gives employers a competitive advantage
Today the workplace is being reshaped by three forces: the growing digitalization of work processes, the shifts in skills companies need to stay competitive, and the transformation of the physical workspace. Together, these changes are creating the 21st-century digital workplace that will dictate how and where we will work in the future.
The pandemic only accelerated these shifts, and many HR teams have realized that working remotely is here to stay. They are rethinking workforce models to remain competitive and pursue their companies’ goals for the future. Working digitally frees companies to think differently and streamline work processes, and even creates the option to hire from everywhere instead of within the company’s geography.
This new way of thinking allows HR teams to hire the same skilled talent and cut hiring costs by looking for remote employees nationwide or even globally.Hiring internationally gives them a competitive edge by building their skills advantage in an increasingly competitive job market.
- Rather than grouping remote workers within companies’ lines, HR teams need to think creatively about how to combine their skills with the company’s needs to solve business challenges. This way of redefining work and recruiting will allow both companies and employers to catch up with the new behaviors evolving around the digital workplace.
How to Hiring beyond the pandemicin 2022
But in order to make this recruitment strategy work, a new way of thinking about recruiting is needed. The digital workplace of tomorrow is less about positions that need filling and more like an ecosystem where cross-functional teams address problems or assist with innovation—which is exactly the kind of role and opportunity top talent is looking for.
It will also offer sustainable benefits by hiring the best available talent while reducing recruiting costs.
How we help you to rethink hiring when recruiting remote talent
We understand HR teams need to build flexible, skilled teams so their companies can stay competitive and keep growing. The labor and skills shortage in today’s job market makes it essential that HR casts a wider net, but also dictates that they think differently about recruiting.
Hiring the right remote employees when coupled with a deeper understanding of the digital workplace adds an innovative approach to your hiring strategy that simultaneously meets your company’s needs.