Safeguarding firms in the UK? Since February, senior executives have increasingly been asking how the pandemic, and now the presumed recession, will affect hiring in 2020. The answer is that it will vary. In any time of economic distress, not every industry slows down. While some companies lay off people, others hire them. As every prior downturn has shown, there is opportunity in chaos, and not just the unethical sort. Of course, hiring, productivity, and retention will likely be more challenging in this time of pandemic and recession. At least for now, there’s a new normal. But even if hiring decreases overall, at most companies there will be pockets of ethical opportunity and business continuity that warrant hiring at certain levels. Again, there is ethical opportunity in chaos. It’s imperative to look for potential leaders as well as rank-and-file employees who have shown they can survive and thrive in uncertain times, and that holds true for current leaders as well. Hiring practices have to adjust accordingly.
You might have heard listening to just two or three songs in the shower can help you save water. And it’s true; hearing a few of your favorite songs start and end, one after another, can remind you how long you’ve been in the bathroom and shorten your wash time. Why bring this up? Because the same general principle can help you stay on task when working from home. But instead of three songs off your music playlist, run your laundry instead. Doing your laundry is a built-in timer for your home. So, use the time to start and finish something from your to-do list before changing the load. Committing to one assignment during the wash cycle and another during the dry cycle can train you to work smarter on tasks that you might technically have all day to tinker with.
llama.id is leading the safeguarding initiative to provide better resource and processes for screening staff. We have designed, developed and agreed innovative technology partnerships, that provides one solution for all organizations that require these type of checks. Our members benefit from the UK’s leading price for Enhanced DBS checks and other screenings. llama.id ensures that as individuals, you can share your record with organizations quickly with your safeguard passport. You can be verified within minutes and not wait weeks to start a new position. Find more details on Safeguard Passport – Remove friction of background checks.
The shift to remote working has seen a huge uplift in the use of technology in recruitment. The transition to this new way of working has been tough for some. However, Dunbar Education is another example company utilizing technology to aid its business. Matt added, “We have adapted quickly and are now carrying out video interviews and registrations through platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangout and Teams. We have seen a real increase in the number of candidates registering with us across all four of our divisions.”
Don’t sweat it if you truly cannot hire any new employees now. However, you can, and should, still actively recruit and remain in contact with your candidates. Maintaining an open line of communication and being transparent about your current hiring operations will keep your company relevant and top of mind with candidates. Keeping them engaged, even if it’s as simple as checking in with them, increases the likelihood that they will want to come work for your company once you resume hiring.
What is the goal for llama.id in the Nursery sector? Our goal is to connect 100,000 professionals to 10,000 organisations with our safeguard passport; to remove barriers to hiring and de-risk the entire process. Imagine being able to on-board someone securely within hours rather than waiting weeks to compile all the regulatory requirements. All is possible with llama.id. We also want to work with nurseries to help develop better technology to help automate more processes. If there are any ideas you would like llama.id to focus on, please do not hesitate to suggest this to our team. See even more info on https://llama.id/.