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Protect your mental health when recruiting remotely

Darren Hockley, MD at DeltaNet International

Recruiters often thrive off the hustle and bustle of a busy office. They are used to working amongst noisy phone calls, constant human interaction and days broken up by candidate interviews.

With recruiters often needing to visit client offices, attend assessment days and interview candidates outside of their office, their job consistently required a direct approach. Before the Covid-19 outbreak, recruiters were constantly on the move, leading many to believe that the recruitment industry could never be conducted remotely.

Little did we know that a widespread pandemic could change all this. With the Government ordering a mass movement of working from home, recruiters across the country have been forced to change their strategy fast. The entire industry has risen to the challenge and using tools such as Skype, Slack and Teams, recruiters are continuing to attract new candidates and businesses.

With recruiters used to vibrant teams and constant chatter, many consultants have been left feeling disconnected from their teams and isolated from their employer. To aid the recruitment industry in this time, we have put together some actionable tips to aid in lifting productivity and morale for recruiters during this time.

Staying focused while working remotely

Whilst working in an office can bring the distractions of colleagues chatting or making phone calls, working remotely also holds its own challenges. When snacks are within easy reach, the television is by your side and the radio is blasting, it can be easy to lose focus.

Recruitment managers are aware of the added distractions their staff may face and hold concerns about the productivity of their staff working from home. It will come to no surprise that management may be keeping a closer eye on their staff as they iron out the initial issues which arise from working from home.

To keep your sales figures up for the month, we recommend you work in bursts to give yourself time to both focus and relax. Since the brain can typically concentrate for 45 minutes at a time, try timing yourself for these periods and then taking a break after to regain focus. A short break could include making a cup of tea, taking a toilet break or cooking up a light snack.

Continue to inspire your candidates

Candidates may lose hope in applying for roles or continuing through the recruitment process as they see businesses struggling in the pandemic. Your role is to continue to inspire potential candidates to go for roles and motivate them to stay on track.

Keeping candidates in the loop on their progress and any positions which open up will inspire them to be positive and continue to work with you. Adapting alternative measures to recruiting, e.g. phone calls, video interviews, will make your job far easier and could change the face of recruitment entirely.

Communicate often and effectively

Keeping in regular contact with your team is crucial when working remotely. Video calls are far more effective than emails or instant messaging, since they can minimise the risk of miscommunication. Seeing your team and colleagues face-to-face can help to re-energise your mood and allow time for collaborative working which may be lost when remote working. We recommend that short daily video calls are set up to bring the team together to discuss their plans.

Getting in touch with clients for video calls is also important. It allows you to communicate better by picking up on any non-verbal communication cues e.g. facial expressions or movements which are not translated by a phone call or email.

Work to maintain a work/life balance

Working from home can seem to be bliss at first. You don’t have to commute, get changed out of your pyjamas and you can work from the comfort of your sofa. However, as time goes on, the blurring of lines between your home and work life can make it increasingly difficult to switch off.

Recruitment is an industry incredibly reliant on communication, so staying offline when you are finished with your day is important. We recommend recruiters to create a transition period between their working day and leisure time, which will take the place of any commute.

A transition activity could include getting changed into loungewear or pyjamas, going outside for a walk, tidying up a section of your house or completing a home workout. Taking the time to develop this habit will help you wind down for the evening and ensure you keep on top of maintaining your own wellbeing.

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