July 9, 2020
Sally Stavola, Talent Acquisition Specialist
As the tri-state area slowly starts to reopen, we are seeing a small glimpse of what our lives might look like for quite some time. Juggling work and home responsibilities while we work from home, changing strategies at work, uncertainty around summer camps, and a lot of take-out dinners.
For most of the country, our work environment changed quickly as shutdowns began to happen. The COVID-19 pandemic has created changes that seemed unthinkable just a few months ago. In early 2020, it seemed unfathomable that the workforce of many companies would soon be working solely from home. Today, as things start to reopen, we continue to navigate through the pandemic, with a lot of the focus remaining on digital engagement in a remote setting and companies reevaluating their strategies. Big changes still lie ahead in daily routines, office layouts and corporate policies since there is no definite end in sight. However, as the workforce evolves, we are watching as businesses rethink their remote work force and become more flexible to the idea long-term. Desired remote work situations for the worker and reduced office overhead for the employer is a trend that is expected to continue post-pandemic.
How is this Affecting the Market
The environment for talent is drastically changing. It has become a buyers’ market in the talent space. Businesses have been affected by shutdowns, down-sizing and hiring freezes. With an expansive pool of talent now available, employers will now have their pick of top talent from anywhere in the country.
A Few Positives For The Job Seeker:
At BLEND360, we work closely with our community of clients and candidates to keep everyone abreast of the trends that we are seeing in the marketplace. It is becoming increasingly clear that the world will never be the same until there is a treatment/vaccine for COVID-19. And, even then the world of work could evolve to something we’ve never seen before.
This is a time for both companies and candidates to remain flexible and agile. Keep the communication open and we could end up with more productive and happy employees and stronger organizations. That would be a very positive outcome for all of us.