Much has been made of the fact that there will soon be five generations of workers side by side in the workplace. This presents significant challenges for employers; however, it also presents significant opportunities too. One thing is for sure, though, whether you look at the potential positives or the negatives of the situation, that situation is a reality that employers will need to successfully navigate through to ensure that this multi-generational workforce is a happy and productive one.
Recruiting and retaining the very best talent that is available is clearly one of the top challenges for recruiters in 2016. As technology continues to develop and involve, so it becomes increasingly important in the ways organisations search for potential recruits. In fact, technology has moved so quickly within recruiting that we are now not far from recruitment becoming virtually 100% digitalised.
With the 'Leave' and 'Remain' campaigns both in full swing and the EU referendum date looming ever closer, discussion and debate around the topic of a potential 'Brexit' continues to dominate the media as people contemplate the implications for the UK if it were to leave the EU on 23 June. One question that continues to surface is: What does the EU referendum mean for recruitment?
There can be no denying that one of the most challenging of all recruitment activities is reaching out to and engaging passive candidates. Passive candidates might not be actively seeking a new position, but they will often have exactly the qualifications, skills set and experience that makes them among the best talent that is available - even if they don't consider themselves to be available at the time! Using social media engagement and networking are the best ways of tapping into this talent pool of passive candidates and of convincing them that they are in fact available to join your organisation.
Although LinkedIn is still generally viewed as the go-to business-oriented social networking platform of choice and the site that offers the greatest networking opportunities for professionals, it is certainly not the only social media option for recruiters.
Every company, no matter what the size should be embracing social media. More and more companies are using social media during their recruitment efforts, and it’s certainly not a coincidence. Employers are vetting their candidate’s one step further by taking to Facebook to screen them fully and see what they’re like outside of an interview setting.
The general consensus is that HR and, particularly, managing a workforce will become more challenging as Generation Z take up their position in the workplace. Organisations need to be prepared for this new breed of workers and having the right HR structure in place will be an extremely important part of this.