The Winter Solstice
Hope for the New Year
Yesterday marked the longest night of the year. Today, and each day forward, takes a few minutes off the night and adds it to our day.
Hopefully, we have already endured the longest night of this pandemic and will emerge into a lighter and happier world.
This may sound too optimistic but we have a lot going for us. We have vaccines, new drugs to fight the virus, more knowledge, and understanding about how to keep safe and how to treat those who get Coronavirus, and a growing number of people who have been fully vaccinated.
Many experts believe that as with most viruses, it will become less virulent over time as it needs a living person to survive and replicate. Killing us does not help it do this.
We will learn to live with this virus, as we do with the flu and other viruses. Life will go on.
The positive things that have emerged for us in recruiting are many;
The growth of virtual recruiting and work. These promise to reduce the talent shortage and allow talented people wherever they are to find employment. Zoom, Teams, and many other platforms have transformed how we work.
Global is now local. The ability to recruit from anywhere. This gives us more time with our families and lets us work the schedules that make the most sense for the candidates we are seeking.
Diversity and inclusion are on the rise as virtual work and recruiting break down traditional barriers, allow handicapped people to work without the trauma of commutes and the need to navigate office environments. It has allowed more women to work, reduced biases from skin color.
Software and tools that are augmented with artificial intelligence. Many of these tools were born pre-pandemic but have become mature during it. These tools help us make better decisions that are less biased. They expand our search capabilities, lessen the administrative tasks we do and let us communicate easier.
This will be my last newsletter for 2021. I will see you all again in January of the new and improved 2022!
May you all have a wonderful holiday and New Year.