As a recruiter, my job has and will always be, finding the right candidate for our client’s role. With over a decade’s worth of experience under me, the number one thing I hear the most is “I don’t want to be stagnate and I want continued growth within my career” little did we know, the one thing candidates wanted most was about to come true. Well, in one way or another.

No one was prepared for the pandemic that is the Covid-19 coronavirus. It has been the accelerator for one of the greatest workplace transformations of our lifetime. We ARE growing, we ARE evolving and I don’t think anyone has the option to remain stagnate anymore (even if they wanted to.)

The most over-used phrase of 2020 will now be known as “The New Normal” and with that, it has transformed the workplace to where we are now. We are remote, we are virtual and there is a new found trust between employer and employee as we navigate teams not being under one roof.

After speaking with some HR professional in the Austin market, they had some helpful tips to help employers with this “New Normal” transformation:

  • Clear communication and expectations – Employees are looking for answers and assurance with existing work policies, meeting schedules, communications strategies and what flexibility is given to them if they have children.
  • Invest in tools, technologies and equipment – Setting your employees up for success
  • Virtually training – For remote employees (ZOOM doesn’t come natural to everyone) for meetings, interviews, and presentations
  • Hiring – How to interview and on-board new hires
  • Termination Process – How will you recover equipment from employee if someone quits or is fired
  • Company Culture – How to keep your employees, excited and engaged while remote

As our commutes move from congestive highways to the kitchen table or home office, we must remember we’re all in this together. Not one company has it down perfect yet. However, as we move forward and combine our knowledge and resources, we can make this “New Normal” better than where we were before. Let’s transform.