Collaboration is Key During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, almost everyone’s lives have shifted in one way or another. Who learned how to log in from home? Order lunch on a new food delivery app? What about interviewing or even hiring a candidate over video?

The moments in life that we have planned have become things we cannot depend on. With the COVID-19 pandemic, updates are coming fast and frequent. Information is continuously changing, and as a result, so is our understanding of the impact of this virus.

COVID-19 is affecting everyone differently

When I reached out to my clients this week, I would ask them how I can help them during these difficult times. I would simply say, “I’m just calling to check on you and your team… I want to make sure you are all doing okay!” And the emotion was all over the board. You could hear people stop, listen, and take a moment to say, “yeah, we are okay” or “no, we are not okay.” Both responses were utterly valid.

Some people were working from home, which is a whole other challenge. You heard kids in the background, your heard dogs bark, even doorbells ring.  

As I talk with my team, we are all learning different information. Come to find out COVID-19 is a backseat driver to what people were really dealing with. Mining reps are voicing concerns about the price of oil. Bankers are anxious about the volatility of the stock market. And the healthcare professionals we work with are just scared about what’s to come with the growing demand from patients across the nation.

My family and friends know that the one word I hate the most is “overwhelmed.” However, it’s the one word that describes this month to a T. You balance work, kids, spouse, car trouble, your parents, shopping, kids, school, and the list goes on and on (Yes, I mentioned kids twice!).

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

While dealing with all of this, the pressure of our everyday tasks becomes more frustrating. This art of prioritizing has taken on a whole new meaning.  

What we really need to remember is to ask for help. So many times, we hear things like “we have it taken care of,” or “we have an entire department for that.” We also hear phrases like hiring-freeze, cutbacks, and that position is on hold for now. But why? Those roles are essential, NOW more than ever.   

You need to remember there are other resources that can help when frustration kicks in.

With over 3 million unemployment claims between March 15 and 21, there are literally millions of people interested in new job opportunities. We are talking solid and qualified candidates that are out looking. Thus, this is the time to look at the positions that are topping out at 30 days and call a recruiter that has the pipeline of candidates that you don’t. Take advantage of the resources that are at your fingertips. 

We are here for you

This is the time to dig in and adapt to the changes coming our way, not succumb to all the chaos. Therefore, social distancing may be necessary right now, but collaboration and working together are more important than ever. Reach out to the Johnson Search Group team today if you need help with your hiring efforts during these uncertain times. We are here to help and hope you all stay healthy and safe.