In response to the rapidly developing coronavirus
outbreak and its unprecedented impact to business and employers,
i4cp has launched a series of weekly standing calls specific to Talent Acquisition Leaders.
The talent acquisition function continues to feel the impact of
COVID-19, from the volume of job applicants they’re seeing to where work for
the positions they’re filling will be done and much more.
Meanwhile, the effect
that the death of George Floyd and the civil unrest that has followed continues
to impact the workplace and every other facet of society. Talent acquisition leaders
from organizations such as ServiceNow, Domino’s, Bank of the West and many more
gathered to discuss these topics on this week's Talent Acquisition
COVID-19 Response series call. Some highlights:
- Post COVID-19, talent acquisition leaders figure
to take a bigger role in their organizations’ “Future of Work” projects. Nearly
half (42%) of participants on today’s call indicated as much when asked to
choose from a list of things they are doing to align their hiring with future
business needs. Another 39% said they our building their organizations’ talent
maps to identify the deepest talent pools for critical needs, followed by
“partnering with your organization’s leadership development and/or learning
organization to identify skills gaps,” at 36%, and “building longer term
business need questions into the approval process before a role is open,” cited
by 30% of participants.
- In addition to reconsidering the scope of work
that can be done anywhere going forward in a post-pandemic environment,
organizations are rethinking the physical workspaces that employees will return
to when the time comes. For example, many call participants noted that their
companies are scheduling work space for teams, bringing back employees in a
phased approach, and mapping out social distancing in their offices.
- The workplace continues to be impacted by the
death of George Floyd and the subsequent civil unrest. Recent i4cp data
confirms as much, with 56% of organizations with 1,000-plus employees saying
recent events have added stress and productivity drains on their employees.
Another 47% said their company has been impacted, and has an obligation to
address the issue and take a stand. Companies appear to be addressing this
topic internally and externally, with several TA leaders on today’s call
sharing steps their companies have taken, such as issuing external statements
from the CEO and discussing race issues in all-hands meetings.
- Recent events have underscored the importance of
evaluating candidates’ cultural competency as part of the hiring process,
assessing for factors such as social intelligence and other skills such as
managing remote employees, for example. An i4cp instant poll conducted during
today’s call found 61% of call participants reporting that their organizations
assess all job candidates for.
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