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Every organisation needs the occasional stock-take – especially when it comes to HR and recruitment.
The start of a calendar year always provides a yardstick for business performance, with many companies contending with shut-downs, high employee leave rates or slack summer turnover – but it also provides a time to gear up for the coming months and create solid platforms for growth, change or large-scale projects.
And just as many employees will be making their list of New Year resolutions, so companies too can use the start of 2016 as a benchmark for continued best practice or fresh approaches. So here’s just a few ideas for our HR and recruitment resolutions:
1. Stay on top of local recruitment trends: The growth of applicant tracking software and globally-focused trend analytics means that, sometimes, companies lose sight of regional and local recruitment trends. New Zealand’s employment trends are as much governed by hyper-local events as they are by macroeconomic and international policies and it pays dividends for all companies – regardless of size – to understand what’s happening right outside their window as well as throughout Australasia, Asia-Pacific and around the globe. Key themes for the coming 12 months include:
2. Develop or transform employee referral process: There’s a good correlation between top-performing businesses and the number of new employees found through employee referrals so it pays to integrate an employee referral management system with your applicant tracking software. Because ATS provides quite binary results (if you say you want someone with at least five years’ experience, then 4 years and 11 months simply won’t cut it, regardless of an applicant’s proficiency) you can tailor the forms to include employee referrals which pinpoint ideal people to fit your business. The best employee referral systems are easy to use; are integrated with your recruitment software and social media; offer incentives to employees to help find the best candidates and help promote your workplace and company culture.
3. Review and benchmark recruitment software: If you’ve been contemplating investing in an applicant tracking system, now is the perfect time to decide on the right software to suit your company. Equally, if you’ve been using recruitment software for some time, the start of a new year provides a good opportunity to review how it is performing and set benchmarks for its performance in the coming 12 months. In order to either choose a new system or benchmark how your ATS is performing, it’s important to:
4. Match recruitment strategy to company direction: The start of the year is the perfect opportunity for HR and those in charge of recruitment to sit down with the top management – CFOs, company presidents and executive directors – to make sure that the company’s recruitment strategy is in line with their strategies. These can be informal meetings to ensure a good relationship between HR and a business leadership team, but they can also be a chance to look at the big picture so that recruitment strategies can reflect growth, change or major project work.
5. Review performance management system: The start of the year – especially once they’re back from family holidays – is the perfect time to benchmark your performance management system. By checking that all managers’ personnel files are up to date, performance reviews are done and all the relevant documents are filed correctly will help identify bottlenecks but also give vital information about areas of the business where recruitment is going to be necessary over the coming year.
If you want to know how your company can use QJumpers applicant tracking software and recruitment skills to help keep your 2016 New Year resolutions, Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0800 758673.