Over and over again, and everywhere I look… I am hearing and reading that the 21st Century Workforce is going to be demanding, “flexible hours and flexible work arrangements.” If you think Corporate America is not ready for it, I’ll let you in on a little secret…Staffing and Recruiting Agencies who have access to the latest trends and the best technology have been hanging out with The Ostrich Family at the Annual “Head Burying” Party.
90% of Agencies still demand that their internal Recruiters to show up in an office from 8 am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday. This mentality is old fashion and out of date! The shift in Staffing and Recruiting Industry from a “brick and mortar” environment to virtual environments is long overdue. With the Millennial generation nipping at our heels to enter the workforce, Agencies will be forced to shift their thinking.
As a Business Owner or a Manager, what are you to do?
The only way to get anything done and ensure profit in an environment where we offer our internal Recruiters “flexible hours and flexible work arrangements” is to manage them by productivity. Currently, agencies using quantifiable productivity levels to measure their internal Recruitment Professionals are:
- Eliminating the day to day “drama distractions”
- Attracting and retaining a better quality Recruitment Professional
- Proving having Recruiters working virtually is more effective and profitable for the agency.
- Empowering Recruiters to work outside “traditional” work hours, enabling the Recruiter to provide better service to client and candidates.
When a business owner is comfortable with holding people accountable to the numbers, the freedom to work flexible hours and flexible work arrangements will no long be a stumbling block to a virtual environment. The real question is, are you willing to change, or is the next generation going to beat you into it?