Virtual hiring is here to stay post pandemic. The novel Corona virus has abruptly changed the way businesses conduct operations on multiple levels, especially in the area of recruiting. Since quarantine has become somewhat of a ‘norm’, external interaction has taken a back seat as many people wish to work from home.  

By now we’ve all heard the label media and economic experts have given Q2 of 2021, “The Great Resignation”. Catchy and attention grabbing, but what does it mean? The U.S. Department of Labor reports that during the months of April, May, and June 2021 a total of 11.5 million workers quit their jobs. A recent Gallup analysis suggests this is only the beginning, nearly half of American workers (48%) are actively looking to make a change. Those looking for new opportunity will find a wealth of options; in June the U.S. hit an all-time high of 10.1 million job openings. 

Adrianna White Eagle, Recruiter for Velocitii LLC, gave her input. “Like so many businesses, we find ourselves juggling two needs: hiring to backfill those who have left and hiring new talent to support business growth. With such an imbalance of available opportunity to talent, many businesses, including Velocitii, have had to adjust how we attract and retain qualified talent. Recruiters across the country are seeing a complete shift in the benefits and values job seekers are looking for in their next opportunity. A WeWork study recently found that 75% of workers would give up at least one benefit or perk for the freedom to choose their work environment. The same study also found 95 percent of employees want some level of control over how, where, and when they work.”  

 In an ever-evolving world, we’ve learned that creating an engaged productive workforce will take a new strategy and the ability to listen to job seekers & employees alike. Businesses can no longer rely on free lunches and fancy office space to retain the best talent. Instead, we must focus on empowerment, inclusion, and a workplace that makes getting things done fast and easy, and recognition for a job well done.