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Staffing Technology in Focus as COVID-19 Ensures Remote Work is the New Normal

Apr 17, 2020 3:46:33 PM

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Essential jobs like healthcare work, food production/distribution and other supply chain management positions mostly require onsite workforces. Yet, many other job functions can still be addressed by workers performing their tasks via remote. As remote working becomes a necessity, staffing industry professionals will rely to a far greater extent on staffing technology to ensure continuity in their operations. This post will examine the array of staffing technology offerings available to HR and contingent workforce managers and how these tools will be especially relevant as remote work becomes the new normal for the foreseeable future.

Staffing industry leaders agree that remote recruiting, hiring, and onboarding are here to stay. Is your organization ready to operate in a fully remote environment? To answer, assess your current use and utilization of the following staffing technology solutions and consider how you might more fully embrace any or all of them in your operations.

Application Tracking Systems (ATS) | A powerful ATS enables a hiring organization to house all job and candidate data in a secure, cloud-accessible repository. These tools simplify the application process and provide speed an accuracy in sourcing talent from candidates who submit applications online.

Video Interviewing Platforms | In an environment where in-person interviews are not recommended, using video interviewing via teleconference systems or dedicated video interviewing software provides the ability to retain the benefit of actually seeing and hearing how candidates comport themselves in an interview. This tech can be leveraged at multiple interview stages and are a viable substitute for in-person meetings.

SMS and Chat Platforms | Even workers who had little to no significant previous exposure to using text or chat in business dealings are today becoming skilled at performing business activities using these technologies. While not traditionally considered “staffing technologies” per se, these tools are enjoying a surge in utilization in many business processes including talent acquisition and management. 

Document Management Systems | DMS tools and other technologies supporting remote onboarding will be critical to workforce management in the new age of remote work. DMS tools are perfect for sharing secure onboarding documentation with new hires as the manual, in-person option is not practical at the moment. This is why leveraging technology was one of the Top Five Best Practices for On-boarding Contingent Workforce Resources in our recent post of the same name.

Human Cloud Sourcing Platforms | Human cloud resources are in many cases labor types that are remote workers by design. Whether they’re freelance resources, project workers/SOWs, or users of online temp/staff supplementation platforms, these workers are already accustomed to seeking work online and performing their roles in a remote fashion. Contingent workforce managers will rely in greater measure on these platforms as a source of talent.

How did your self-assessment go with respect to your organization’s current use and utilization of staffing technology like those detailed above? Want some expert help in increasing your knowledge and understanding of how to best embrace these tools?  Talk to nextSource experts today and get be prepared to excel in the new normal environment.

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