I attended the really valuable APSCo HR and LD Forum about mental health, and how to keep recruitment staff healthy during this time of Covid and beyond. Here are some working from home tips for marketers and recruiters.
This dovetailed really well with last month's forum which I wrote about Returning to Work After Covid (but, oh, the irony of this week's "stay at home" message is not lost on me.)
Julie Bowen kicked of the meeting with some great points:
We are witnessing a slow and staggered return to work. And there are pockets of recruiters (and their clients and cands) working from home. The boundaries between home and work are blurred. This is causing angst, stress, confusion.
Some WFH (Working from Home) Stats to Warm You Up
(These WFH stats are from my own research and are pre-Covid)
40% of people feel the greatest benefit is the flexible schedule.
Companies allowing remote work have 25% lower employee turnover
People who work remotely at least once a month are 24% more happy / productive
74% are less distracted / 86% are less stressed
21% would give up holiday allowance to have flexi-working (69% of millennials would give up other benefits)
WFH saves at least 11 days per year travelling
How Can We Support Recruiters and Marketers With Mental and Physical Health and Well Being?
Rob Stephenson gave a fantastic presentation on mental health and working from home, and some great tips of how to improve “form” for recruiters, their leaders, marketers and teams.
Sleep / nutrition / exercise – don’t underestimate how you can ensure your teams are aware of what they need to do to care for themselves. How can you engage them to be effective in these areas?
Financial wellbeing – can you invite financial experts to run webinars / sessions for your team to educate them and alleviate any stress in this area?
I loved his comments on “creating of purpose” – as its likely that working remotely has eroded our sense of purpose, and we need that back to help us stay engaged
Connections – We are disconnected, from our staff, our bosses, peers, clients and candidates.
Stress management – WFH creates a different type of stress. Recruitment is known to be a “positive” stress job, but there are new stresses that you and I have not planned or trained for.
Helping others – Working at home may feel like a disabler when you’re used to helping other people.
You can read more about Rob’s thoughts here – there are some great insight and ideas.
My Suggestions for Helping Your Recruiters, Marketers, and Their Teams With Mental Health Whilst Working from Home
Exercise is something that I was lucky enough to continue throughout lockdown, but others may be limited due to health or situation. How can you get your teams motivated and those endorphins going? Could you have a “power hour”. Any of you up for a bit of lycra and Zoom HIIT? Could you nominate a personal trainer in your team?
Reconnecting – Your 3Cs (candidates, clients, colleagues) need help staying connected. Half daily video scrums (09:30/12:45) with the team to keep them focussed and engaged is what we do at Barclay Jones. More regular video calls with clients and candidates are key for recruiters. What can you do to reconnect your staff and teams? Waiting to go back to work is not a solution. This is the new normal. Keep your staff connected through tech. Can you leave Teams (Zoom) “on”, and not just use it for meetings. Be present as leaders. Communicate with the team throughout the day, like you would in the office.
To help you all move forward positively, stay focussed and engaged, set goals – and don’t be afraid to reset them if they are genuinely not viable. My team used to have 90 Day Rocks (a Traction term) where we smash issues and implement ideas. We have reset these Rocks to 30 days, to help us be more agile and react positively to the change around us.
Praise – It’s easy to say thanks when you’re in the office. If you use Teams, try the Praise App and call out some great behaviours – perhaps even focus on Values-led behaviours?
And talking of Teams – what are you doing to really “get” Teams (or Zoom) as these are crucial tools, as crucial (if not more so) as your phone. We’re building out a Trail on our Recruitment HIIT on demand training platform to help recruiters learn how to use the channel not simply to communicate but to help them run their desks. Bullhorn, Adapt, Job Adverts are live, and we're about to go live with HIIT+ where you can add your own training. A great way to connect your teams.
And talking of training. Leaders need to admit that perhaps their staff were not as effective as they’d like before Covid. Now WFH creates even more risk of low productivity and unchecked poor quality. And these team members are unlikely to stick their hand up and admit their weaknesses. There has never been a better, or more important time, to train your recruiters, resourcers, marketers. (Grab a free trial of our on demand training Recruitment HIIT)
And plan for Covid - I've had a stressful week for me awaiting Covid test results for my 8 year old. All of us in isolation, not able to leave the house. The school websites were not geared up for isolation learning, and we didn't necessarily have the right food etc... My work diary was choca! It was super-stressful. Create a plan, so that you know if you need to isolate, you will be ready.
Good luck, recruiters, leaders and marketers. It's going to be a challenging few months. Let's go into it with our eyes open, a plan, and at least the hint of a smile.
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How to Use Recruitment Awards in 2022 to Drive Your Sales Pipeline
We’re passionate about recruitment awards! Whether you’re entering, winning, attending or spying, there’s ROI to be had for recruiters, beyond simply having a recruitment award trophy.There are 2 things I want to talk about today:The Recruitment Awards happening in 2022A top tip on how to run your recruitment sales strategy with awards, without even submitting an awards entry!We Are Award Winners!We are proud to be triple award winners, including the APSCo award for Affiliate Member of the Year. Luckily, we followed our own advice when submitting our entries. As a frequent judge and recruitment marketing mentor, I help recruitment marketers to craft their awards entries and to focus on which awards are really going to add value.(Recruitment Award Winning Hack: often the best awards are the ones which are NOT recruitment specific – i.e. the ones for your sector… which are not always recruitment – IT / Games / Medical, etc.)1. Your List of Recruitment Awards for 2022Check out our 2022 list recruitment awards list below! (Have we missed any recruitment awards for the remainder of 2022? Contact Us to get them added.)This year recruiters need to do more with less. The goal is never to win an award. The goal is to generate more speed and pipeline. To give you support, we’ve created our Recruitment Awards Toolkit for recruitment leaders, recruiters and marketers to improve their awards submissions, and see ROI from the events (whether they enter, win, or simply attend!).Onrec AwardsMarch 2022 - The prestigious Onrec Awards 2022 Ceremony now in its 16th year has cemented itself in the calendar as the industry's must attend event. Not only is it an evening to celebrate the very best in Online Recruitment but it is also a chance to network with the very best suppliers and HR in recruitment.Recruiter AwardsSeptember 2022 - The iconic Recruiter Awards is the UK’s largest event for the entire recruitment community, recognising outstanding achievements by agencies and in-house recruiters. Achievements in recruitment marketing and technology also are spotlighted on the night.APSCo Awards for ExcellenceSeptember 2022 - The APSCo Awards for Excellence are a prestigious accolade in professional recruitment. The awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the professional recruitment sector and are a unique indicator of professional standards. They are widely recognised by clients as well as the recruitment sector. The awards are free to enter and open to all APSCo members.TIARA Recruitment AwardsOctober 2022 - The TIARA Recruitment Awards recognises excellence in the UK’s best performing recruitment companies with revenues above £5m.The Recruitment Marketing AwardsOctober 2022 - The Recruitment Marketing Awards 2022feature 26 categories plus the “Grand Prix” overall winner. They recognise how outstanding creativity, combined with the right medium, results in successful recruitment campaigns.The Global Recruiter UK Industry AwardsNovember 2022 - The Global Recruiter Industry Awards celebrates the best of the best in recruitment. The Awards are totally free to enter, which means that the smallest and newest players in the industry have the chance to be recognised alongside established organisations.NORAsNovember 2022 - Established in 2001, the National Online Recruitment Awards have been created to acknowledge and reward excellence in online recruitment practice. They are dedicated to the continual improvement and evolution of the candidate experience. As a previous judge and recruitment marketing whizz, my expertise in recruitment websites delivering ROI could help you nail this one!2. Recruitment Awards Driving Your Sales Strategy (Without Even Entering)Let's face it, now more than ever, your inbound sales strategies are absolutely crucial in a post-pandemic world where the war for talent is raging, counteroffers are rife, and clients need recruiters that they can trust, who understand their niche.My top tip to add turbo to your sales strategy? Speedily research which awards are prevalent in your niche sectors, and track the shortlists and winners and use this data to target your client base. By definition, clients that are entering awards, tend to be high growth, ambitious, and likely have money and time to spend on recruitment too!. Surely?We know how important it is to see ROI from entering awards. It’s great to win and be recognised, but what about not entering at all, and simply using the awards process to drive your sales process? Use this great awards list website (and Google) to help you unearth a list of awards in your sectors. Plot the dates into your diaries and pick up the phone! DOWNLOAD YOUR RECRUITMENT AWARDS TOOLKITHIIT Us, Recruiters!Speaking of growth and wins, our recruitment training platform, Recruitment HIIT, was built to solve recruiter's pain points and provide solutions to help recruiters and recruitment leaders save time, develop speedy processes and generate more of the 4Cs - candidates, clients, colleagues and cash!Try Recruitment HIIT. We understand the importance of having a sales-led marketing strategy, automating your recruitment workflows and using your recruitment systems to get the best out of your teams. 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Recruitment Training - HIIT the Path to Recruitment Fitness
Recruiters just don't have enough time, candidates, or the right clients - or do they?Up to 80% of the average working day is spent on activities with little or no value AND 20% of your time is spent looking for info. This leaves little time for a great candidate, client, and ultimately, colleague experience...The coolest tool is the recruiter - but when they drown in systems, data, the process breaks. Training is key and continuous training can improve sales by 50%. We have four "fitness paths" in our recruitment training platform, Recruitment HIIT to help you get recruiter-fit. Sourcing, Sales, Job Marketing, or Just Being a New Recruiter - You Need Focused Recruitment TrainingWe've built 4 HIIT fitness paths designed to give focus to specific recruitment skills (muscle groups). This is especially great for busy and experienced recruiters, who either think they know it all (ha!), or tech, systems, and process has moved on since they were last trained.New Recruiter - For recruiters that are new to recruitment or new to your employer. A great place to do a "full-body workout".Sell and Retain Like a Pro - Perfect for recruiters who want to build their sales muscles and save time, improve pipeline.Source with Speed - Dramatically reduce time sourcing for candidates and clients. Your mental health and commission depends on it!Job Marketing for Recruiters - Add turbo to your job adverts and ensure that the right people apply.Watch My Quick Tour of Our Fitness Paths in Recruitment HIITChristopher Slade, Executive Integrity. I now have more time to run my recruitment business, and hire! Because of Recruitment HIIT, when we hire someone, the pressure is off of me and my business partner to do all of the training. It’s a lot less stressful. New starters are onboarded a lot quicker.The Coolest Recruitment Tool is the RecruiterOur high intensity interval training - Recruitment HIIT - helps recruiters and resourcers source, convert quicker and develop healthy pipelines, and helps marketers generate more of the 3Cs. We aim to save every recruiter and marketer at least 1 hour per day (6 working weeks a year)- more billing time, more fees!We’d love you to try Recruitment HIIT for free for 7 days.TRY RECRUITMENT HIIT 7 DAYS FOR FREEDOWNLOAD YOUR RECRUITMENT TRAINING PLAYBOOKBOOK A CALL TO DISCUSS RECRUITMENT TRAINING
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