The light at the end of the tunnel has many companies thinking about what reopening will look like. You want to be ready to capitalize as soon as possible once the economy opens. Obviously, this means you will need to make sure your team is at full capacity. If you had to shut down to reduce operations, this could mean rehiring your staff.
But should you rush to rehire post-pandemic? Even if everything falls into place – people get vaccinated, the economy bounces back and your business demand spikes – now is a golden opportunity to evaluate your organization.
Here are some important things to keep in mind:
Don’t rush to rehire the same people
The simple move is to try to rehire everyone you previously employed, bringing them back to the same roles and picking up where you left off. Sure, there are certainly some people you will want to bring back immediately. But you don’t need to be in a rush to rehire all the same people. There will be some who are no longer available, and there will be people that you shouldn’t bring back (this can be for many reasons). Don’t just rehire because it’s easy and you need to fill a spot.
You have an opportunity to improve your team
Now is your opportunity to improve your organization. You need to move on from those employees who were underperforming before the pandemic. Choosing not to rehire poor performers opens up room for you to hire better talent. Think about the skills and experience your company is lacking and hire new people to fill these gaps.
Think long term
The decisions you make now will have an impact on your company in the future. If a person is not the best candidate to help your company improve post-pandemic, then you need to move on from them. Your business, like many others, already faces many challenges ahead. It has been a tough couple of years. But you can break away and set yourself up for future success if you put the right people in the right position to succeed.
If you have plans to hire post-pandemic, a good recruiter can help you create an effective hiring strategy. Recruitment agencies can help you identify candidates and evaluate your post-pandemic hiring needs.
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