Why Hiring Practices Need to Change
If you haven’t noticed, the still-ongoing worldwide pandemic has had drastic effects on the way we work. Because of this, many people have lost their jobs or have come out of education with little hope of getting decent work.
In the UK, the number of people seeking Universal Credit because they were searching for a job almost doubled, from 1.4 million at the start of 2020 to 2.6m in April 2021. Unemployment levels – at around 4% pre-pandemic, are also estimated by the Bank of England to reach 5.5% by the autumn, as a new wave of graduating students are thrown into a damaged economy struggling to shake off the effects of the pandemic.
It is, then, as a company, more important than ever to change the way we recruit. A huge number of companies – including large ones – have put in place all-encompassing hiring freezes while they winter the pandemic, maybe sourcing the odd trusted worker to come on board.
Some may see it as necessary, but it doesn’t have to be that way – and it’s not going to help anyone prosper as we slowly climb out of the hangover of several lockdowns. There are however some companies that have noticed these issues…
Companies making a change
To see The Body Shop, then, implement a process of ‘Open Hiring’ is extremely refreshing, especially as a large company. Check out this video by Fast Company. The Body Shop began a mandate of hiring people regardless of their prior qualifications. They see it as hiring based on their future, not the past. All prospective employees have to do is answer three questions – no interviews, and they’ll be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
That may sound radical, but it’s improved productivity, among other things. The money saved from not having to allocate resources to recruitment – screening resumes, conducting interviews, carrying out background checks etc. – has been redirected to greater staff training and support schemes.
The Body Shop is a great example of a company going against the grain of hesitant recruiting and outsourcing that is rife across companies in the UK and which has made it so difficult, particularly for young people, to gain and retain regular employment in the midst of a global pandemic and stringent tightening of the economy. Footsteps that a lot of other companies should be thinking seriously about following.
With Jobsdiem, you can use our algorithm to match with potential employees on any number of parameters, based on what you’re looking for. If you’d like to begin a process of Open Hiring, you can match with prospective employees simply based on their availability.
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