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Remote working will be the new normal
Our experience with remote working during the recent health crisis was just the beginning. With the rise of virtual reality and robotisation, we are on the eve of the next revolution. Remote working from anywhere in the world will be the new normal in the near future.
At this moment, it is quite hard to create a real team spirit when everyone works at different locations. Even video conferences are not even close to brainstorm sessions or presentations, while the team is physically in the same room with a cup of coffee and some biscuits.
This is all going to change with the rise of virtual reality, at least that's what we expect. As soon as the software is further developed, it will be possible to walk through a virtual office, attend meetings together, sit round the table with colleagues and even go through the latest office gossip at the virtual coffee machine.
It is one of the countless technological developments that will not only take our work by storm, but also companies' HR policy. The consequences for recruitment and selection of new staff will also be significant.
What will be the consequences of the newest technological developments for the recruitment industry?
Companies already develop things in that direction, for example by taking care of so-called Shared Services Centres, which provide services to multiple offices in Europe or throughout the world from one location. An administrative employee or an IT person would then no longer work from one and the same office, but would call in from a location in Barcelona or Germany, for example. The main difference is that no one would physically work from the same location in the future. That would lead to entirely new dynamics of which we don't know the exact consequences yet.
What are the advantages for the employers?
However, the biggest advantage for companies is that they will have a larger group of talented people at their disposal. For example, the number of IT specialists in India is a lot larger than in Switzerland . In a virtual work environment, it would be a lot easier to deploy this talent.
What challenges will companies face in the future when recruiting suitable candidates?
In that sense, it looks a little like the internet revolution in the nineties. At Page Personnel, recruitment & selection was still a very comprehensible job. We had an index card box with good candidates, and when you wanted to look a little further, you would put an advertisement in one of the national papers. You knew exactly what target group you could reach with what newspaper. So when internet came round the corner, this model was jeopardised. The reach increased, but also got less specific. Sometimes we receive hundreds of applications for one voluntary advertisement in one of the national job site. How do you find the right candidate when you receive so many applications? That challenge will only get bigger in the future.
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