COVID-19 caught most of us by surprise. We didn’t see it coming and many businesses did not have a plan in place for a pandemic of this nature. The situation taught us a lot about ourselves, personally and professionally. You also learned a thing or two about your business operations.
Here, our Toronto recruiters put together a list of 5 things businesses have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic:
COVID-19 caused many businesses to quickly shift to remote operations. It taught many companies that there are a lot of roles that can be done remotely. There are a lot of positions that you may have thought could not be done effectively from home, but have been successful. This shift in operations has given many businesses a lot to think about. It can affect everything from recruiting to office space needs, and how to best leverage technology for operations.
Businesses quickly learned that employees with technology skills are valuable commodities. Tech skills enabled people to make quick adjustments to how they do their job. Those without tech skills had more of a struggle transitioning to this new normal. Companies will place greater emphasis on tech skills when hiring in the future.
When there’s a will, there’s a way. Virtually every type of job imaginable has gone through some changes. Some companies have had no choice but to be creative to keep the doors open. Even though some solutions are not ideal, if you can consistently come up with creative ways to get the job done, you will succeed.
COVID-19 quickly told you how agile your company is. Change management skills are a must. The quicker you can adjust and the more accepting you are of changes in operations, the better you will handle any crisis you are faced with.
All businesses need to be ready for next time. While it may or may not be COVID-19, you need to have a plan in place to deal with a global scale pandemic. Have a strategy and resources in place to minimize business interruption.
IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.
Bruce co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as Managing Partner. His personal background includes hands-on management experience in sales, marketing and marketing services. He has built management teams for a wide variety of marketing, communications, media and technology companies. He has also participated in several M&A transactions for service-based companies and is frequently called upon as a resource in the planning and negotiation of such deals.