As 2021 progresses with increasing optimism tempered by significant uncertainty, talent acquisition and workforce management leaders continue to navigate new territory. Challenges and opportunities abound, from the continued shortage of qualified candidates to the looming Great Rehire, as well as the proliferation of new technologies to support the recruitment process.
At PeopleScout, we are already seeing a heightened focus on talent technology, full RPO and project recruiting programs to handle demand as hiring returns. We are also seeing growing interest in Total Workforce Solutions as many organizations leverage temporary or other contingent roles for greater flexibility.
Organizations that are hiring for permanent roles are facing high applicant volumes and bottlenecks moving candidates through the process efficiently. And, despite the large number of candidates, employers still need to compete for top talent, as candidates are aggressively pursuing multiple opportunities.
This issue of NEXT dives into those important topics and others relevant to the current climate. We again present this issue in three sections: Now: Empowering Your Workforce; New: Talent Technology in 2021; and Next: Preparing for the Great Rehire.
This issue also features a Talking Talent Leadership Profile with Anna Turner, PeopleScout’s Vice President of Product. Anna joins PeopleScout with deep B2B software product management leadership experience, with previous roles at high-growth tech companies, and she is also a recognized expert on HR technology, serving on the national SHRM expertise panel for Technology and HR Management since 2016.
In her profile and accompanying podcast, Anna discusses the biggest challenges and opportunities in talent technology in the upcoming year, including the role technology will play in the upcoming Great Rehire, how our growing comfort with new technologies will impact talent acquisition going forward and ways the technology landscape will continue to evolve.
Additionally, this issue covers steps that you can take now to ensure that your sourcing strategy is equipped to support your diversity, equity and inclusion goals. You’ll also find articles on talent acquisition optimization strategies to support increased hiring volumes, including internal talent pooling and mobility programs and exploring a Total Workforce Solution as a recovery strategy.
As candidate expectations and priorities have shifted throughout the course of the pandemic, employer brand and candidate communication strategies have had to keep up with the pace. This issue also features articles on addressing mental health in the workplace, how candidate feedback is the key to a strong employer brand and best practices for employee review sites to ensure that candidates are getting an accurate picture of your culture and employer brand.
Thank you for being a part of the PeopleScout community. Please feel free to contact me directly to share your feedback on this issue of NEXT, discuss how we can best support you during COVID-19 and beyond, or share anything else that may be on your mind.