Work and recruit staff in 2020, what is changing?

Matthieu Postiau
  • 3 Min read

Change has been one of the founding values of Rainbow Resources Group since its foundation. We all know that society is constantly changing, but it is true that the Covid-19 crisis has forced it to radical change and adaptation. The question arises, what do we really need to adjust in our professional environment and in the recruitment process.

The crisis we are going through has had a huge impact on the functioning of several sectors, including that of recruitment and interim. Recruiting a person is usually done through various interviews and real contacts. Habits as well as processes have changed by obligation and this clearly affects, from near or far, the functioning of many societies. Man must get used to this new way of working and companies must adapt to the health and economic context. The devices are not always simple to set up and also represent a certain significant cost for the various structures. This is how a trend in teleworking emerges and proves that working from home can be effective.

Recruiting a person has changed little over the past few years: the candidate sends his CV, a first telephone contact is made then one or more face-to-face interviews are organized. This process is clearly complicated due to the health impact of Covid-19 in Belgium and the rest of the world. Several measures must be taken, such as making hydroalcoholic gel available, avoiding physical contact and the installation of Plexiglas between the consultant and the candidate. It is clear that choosing the option of only analyzing the CV and organizing the interviews by videoconference is a simple solution, but not necessarily the most effective. The majority of our language is done through our gestures and this is not always so clear through a video call. It should not be forgotten that human contact and transparent and clear communication are significant. This is why I advise you to meet your future colleagues face to face, while respecting the sanitary measures of course.

Employees also have to adapt to the new rules put in place by governments. New spots will develop and others will have to be adapted. It is clear that communication is no longer done at all by physical contact. This trend will continue once the virus is completely disseminated, because it will become part of our morals.

Recruitment and employment trends are also likely to be impacted. A probable economic crisis which will follow the health and epidemic crisis is more than probable. This will lead to possible job instability. This uncertainty will be reflected in the increase in temporary assignments in certain sectors and the decrease in fixed contracts, according to several sources. Afterwards, it’s impossible to predict exactly what the future holds.

In order to get out of this crisis in an optimal and correct way, it is clear that our habits and mores must or have already changed. Other than individual measures, companies will also have to adapt and invest in the necessary equipment to guarantee the health security of their employees and customers.

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” Frank Van De Voorde



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