August 20, 2020

Using Flexible Work Arrangements as Your Recruiting Secret Weapon

During this pandemic, almost every company was thrown into a virtual work environment with little notice, training or preparation. Despite the challenges, in true entrepreneurial fashion, businesses and employees adapted. While many people started with a clipboard or a card table, most have slowly upgraded to a nicer space with a better background for themselves on Teams or Zoom calls. All of this just in time to get those re-entry emails from work talking about migrating back to the office!

What are companies to do? How can they send everyone home, get them to adjust to a new way of life and then ask employees to adjust back to the old way of working? 

Build a Hybrid Work Environment

While most employees would self-assess that they are “totally capable of working at home with no supervision”, the fact is that some people are, and some aren’t. We are beginning the stage where companies have to figure out how to balance the old work arrangement with the new.  Unfortunately, we may be living in this hybrid world of both office and remote work for a while.

With competition for the best candidates returning, the remote work benefit could become the new PTO and 401(k) match in the final negotiations for hiring the best people. Not having to commute, deal with traffic and being able to eat at home are becoming bigger benefits that save people time and money. 

Recruit and Retain Using Your New Work Environment

To hire the best and retain the proven performers, businesses must start planning how things will look when a vaccine emerges and it’s no longer a health concern to go back to the office. New candidates will ask about flexible work arrangements and current employees will wonder if the freedom they have been given to work from home will continue. Making the decisions now will not only keep you competitive for new hires but creates goodwill and increases retention with current employees.

The decision to begin a work-from-home policy was forced onto most, but how things look going forward will be a strategic decision for companies to make – and will certainly impact decisions employees make about how and where they want to work.

Employee Considerations

Giving thought to these changes from an employee’s perspective can help businesses be more prepared for the future. Consider the following:

  • How do you fit into the office culture with less consistency in the office?
  • How can you stand out in a department when some work remotely and some don’t?
  • Are you top of mind for leading the next important project?
  • How do you stay connected with customers?

Employer Considerations

As the employer, these are the same issues to address when continuing the culture you want and making sure the best talent on the team feel engaged and growing, and that customers are still feeling connected to the organization. Hiring and retaining the best people who are capable of high performance in a flexible work arrangement will be even more important in the new structure as it was in the old.

Anders Talent can help you attract and find the best people to match your business’s unique needs. We are in touch with the demand for finance and accounting talent and can help you navigate today’s hiring and recruiting processes. Learn more about Anders Talent or contact an Anders advisor below to learn more.

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July 21, 2020

Why Hiring Top Talent Remains a Critical Priority for Every Business

The word “unprecedented” has been used more than ever in the last several months. It has described the rampant spread of the virus, the burden on businesses, the astronomical unemployment numbers and the record number of people working remotely. Businesses have had to shift the way they operate and how they hire and retain employees.

A big push initially was to get companies to retain their staff through Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Despite those efforts, millions of people suddenly found themselves unemployed. While COVID-19 certainly shook things up, was the economy “unprecedented” even before COVID-19?

Weathering the Storm with the Right Team

Remembering back to pre-pandemic days, the market was incredibly short on talent. Companies were having a real challenge finding skilled talent to maintain the incredible growth and success they were experiencing. Many would say a lot of what was happening then was unprecedented too, such as historically low interest rates, unemployment rates and high demand for goods and services.

Things certainly changed fast, but during that time, we did not magically grow more skilled talent. As we get back on track, customers will come back and companies will need those talented employees again. With the speed of business today, decisions must be made faster in good times and bad. Companies need teams that can help get things done quicker and smarter while being able to pivot at a moment’s notice. The biggest challenge of all may be the fight to find and retain the best people to help weather these fast-moving storms we are likely to see again.

The old model was to lay off and rehire. With a baby-boomer induced short supply, that strategy isn’t an option anymore. It makes more sense to keep the employees you have already trained and developed. Finding and retaining skilled talent should be a higher priority now more than ever.

Finding the Talent You Need

Searching for the right candidate in a sea of resumes can be nearly impossible, especially when you’re focusing on how to get your business past a pandemic. Instead of waiting for your next employee of the month to knock on your door, our talent advisors can bring them to you. Anders Talent works with businesses to make hiring the right accounting person seamless. We can handle everything from interview coordination to offer and acceptance negation and everything in between.

Anders Talent can help you attract and find the best people to match your business’s unique needs. We are in touch with the demand for finance and accounting talent and can help you navigate today’s hiring and recruiting processes. Learn more about Anders Talent or contact an Anders advisor below to learn more.

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April 14, 2020

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