When Covid19 first started, working remotely went viral. More than the hype about toilet paper!
But the real question is: were companies able to hire at scale?
The reality is, many businesses make the costly mistake of focusing more on their business strategy, in favor of hiring for cultural fit. Forgetting that company culture is the catalyst for long term business success, even when everyone is working remotely.
If your company is rapidly growing, various factors can dilute your secret sauce – the company culture that made you grow and succeed in the first place.
This is why we’ve pulled together some awesome tips that can help you hire at scale, avoid bad hires, and avert destroying the company culture when you’re working remotely.
Ready to dig into the good stuff?
Live and breathe your core values
Your core values are the building blocks and foundation of your business. Many businesses make the mistake of writing their core values in the employee handbook, but don’t actually live by them. Remember: even if your company is growing when you’re working remotely – your core values should still be your top priority.
So when your employees are living up to the core values, give them a shout out or a reward in the next meeting. This way, your recruiting team will foster your core values and hire the right candidates that will foster them too. As a result, you can most definitely salvage your company culture and avoid impulsive bad hires that will negatively affect your business growth.
Establish a solid and standard process
Prior to posting jobs and scavenging for candidates, take a moment to look at your recruitment process. Do you follow standard procedures? Do you have a solid hiring plan when working remotely? If not, then it’s time to get together with your recruiting team and conduct an intake meeting.
In this meeting, you’ll make sure that everyone is kept in the loop and has a thorough understanding of their role in the recruitment process.
Don’t forget to clarify job responsibilities, determine the ideal person for the job, define everyone’s role, decide who will be involved in each stage of the interview process, eliminate ineffectual and duplicate interview questions, and understand everyone’s capabilities.
This will help you avoid miscommunication that might repel stop you from hiring the wrong cultural fit due to a messy and jumbled interview experience. Also, you will be able to seamlessly hire at scale without compromising your company culture.
It’s okay to be a little picky
Many companies make the drastic mistake of lowering their standards just because they need to hire at scale. At this stage, recruiters might feel pressured and tempted to hire anyone, rather than no one at all. But the reality is, wrong hires won’t boost your company culture and team dynamics – it will only degrade them. So stay picky no matter how compelled you are to hire at scale!
We specifically love Amazon’s ‘’bar raiser’’ program that gives employees the freedom to ‘’veto’’ a candidate that they see misfit, regardless of their position at the company. By bringing in someone who’s not associated with the team, you can get an objective third party opinion that will help in ensuring the company is hiring the best talent and holding consistently high hiring standards, even when you have to hire at scale.
Use the right technology when working remotely
When you hire at scale and work remotely at the same time, you might overlook red flags just to fill job vacancies faster. Instead, opt for a hiring solution that can streamline the recruitment process for you, even working you’re working remotely.
EVA-REC brings peace of mind to recruiters by simply allowing them to source, filter, shortlist, manage applications, post jobs on +10,000 job boards, and automate the recruitment process in one place only.
Powered by AI, EVA-REC allows recruiters to rank candidates from highest to least fit, according to the designated job requirements. This helps recruiters find the perfect cultural fit, and effortlessly hire at scale, without even lifting a finger!
Summing it up
Hiring at scale can either make or break the company culture. Different components of your company will change, when its scaling. Therefore, the trick lies in creating a system that ensure you have the physiology of a healthy company. By holding on tight to your core values, building a solid process, staying picky, and using a hiring solution – you can bet that you can hire at scale, without destroying the company culture.
Rather than worrying about the challenges that might arise from scaling, start thinking early about the steps you can take to implement the right strategies to ultimately help your company simultaneously grow and hire at scale.