Top 6 Hybrid Work Trends for Staffing Agencies

Anna Aguilar
April 6, 2022

Even though many companies have already started going back to the office by now, many are still choosing to adopt a hybrid work option. It’s safe to say that the hybrid workplace will be here to stay for a while. The staffing industry has had to stay up-to-date on the changing hybrid work trends of this new work era to meet the demands of today’s environment both for clients and their own internal workplace. 

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the top six hybrid work trends for staffing agencies to be aware of so you can continue to help your clients find the best candidates for their workplace.

Artificial Intelligence for Staffing

AI recruiting has become one of the leading hybrid work trends for staffing with the rise of companies switching to hybrid or remote work. AI recruiting uses artificial intelligence to automate certain parts of the recruiting process, including sourcing, resume screening, and interview scheduling.

Artificial intelligence for recruiting can help staffing agencies more easily narrow down their candidate pool to the best choices for a company or role. Companies that have a hybrid work environment and candidates who are seeking a hybrid workplace can now more easily match up with the use of AI in recruiting. 

Ultimately, you save time, resources, and find the best candidates for a role. Today’s job market is booming with the number of job openings and job seekers higher than ever before, recruiters and staffing agencies are very busy and have a lot on their plates. Finding the right people for roles involving hybrid work can be time-consuming, especially if you don’t have the right automation processes in place.

Artificial intelligence is a staffing agency’s solution to helping companies fill positions for hybrid work more quickly and we’ll be seeing more people switch to the future of AI for recruiting.

Data-Driven Staffing

Staffing agencies are always under pressure to find the right candidates for the job, leading them to turn to use more data to help make smarter recruiting decisions. A data-driven staffing process focuses on using techniques like predictive modeling, data-mining, and machine learning to better evaluate candidates. 

Especially in the hybrid work world where recruiters and employers may not see candidates face to face during the hiring process, using data upgrades the traditional staffing process for more aligned and confident decision-making when it comes to hiring the best candidates. 

Virtual Recruiting and Onboarding

Virtual recruiting was already a rising trend before COVID-19 and skyrocketed when most companies went remote. Now with more companies coming back to the office and implementing a hybrid work option, virtual recruiting and onboarding will still remain a hybrid work trend. 

Most businesses are utilizing virtual recruiting as their primary method of recruiting from the search to the interview process. With many companies remaining remote or adopting a hybrid workplace, companies are also implementing a virtual onboarding process. The switch to virtual recruiting, hiring, and onboarding is allowing business and staffing agencies to make the entire experience faster, easier, and more streamlined.

Staffing agencies can make the most of this hybrid work trend by either switching to or improving upon their existing virtual recruiting process.

Flexibility as a Benefit

Before the pandemic, hybrid working options were rare compared to today’s workforce environment. Since the rapid growth of remote and hybrid work within the past few years, having the flexibility of hybrid working is becoming a non-negotiable benefit for many employees.

More than ever people are actively seeking jobs that offer a hybrid work option. Some job seekers are putting hybrid work at the top of their priority list and only considering roles that offer hybrid work. According to a survey, 72% of office workers would prefer a hybrid work option to full-time in-office work. 

The same survey showed that 83% of workers would be more likely to apply for a position if it offered a hybrid work option. Companies looking to attract and hire top candidates would greatly benefit from offering potential employees more flexibility and a hybrid work option as a main benefit. 

For staffing agencies, understanding this hybrid work trend will become essential for consulting with clients about what they bring to the table for employees in terms of flexibility. As well as using a company’s flexibility or hybrid work option as a main attraction point for recruiting top talent for roles.

Casting a Wider Net

Many of these hybrid work trends center around the world online. With lots of companies moving to a hybrid work environment and some offering fully remote options, and the majority of the recruiting process switching to online as well, staffing agencies and recruiters are beginning to cast a wider net in their candidate searches. With location and eight hours in an office five days a week no longer being limiting factors, the pool of potential employees to consider for jobs is increasing. 

As the remote and hybrid work models become more widely adopted, so does the trend of companies expanding their teams beyond the geographical radius of their companies. Even with a hybrid workplace that requires employees to come to the office once or twice a week, employees are willing to take a longer commute if it means coming into the office less frequently. 

Staffing agencies can take advantage of the hybrid workforce in this way by widening their search in the recruitment process to find the best talent and fit for a role. However, the search pool may narrow depending on how often a company is requiring employees to come into the week each week and how long of a commute people are willing to have. 

Webinars

With the adoption of a more hybrid, virtual workspace comes the ushering out of job fairs and the rise of webinars. Companies have been increasingly shifting over to webinars as an alternative to job fairs to bring in new potential employees. 

Webinars aren’t completely new to the staffing world, but because of the push to a more digital recruiting and work environment due to the pandemic, they’ve become more popular in recent years. With webinars, a company or even a staffing agency can recruit for open positions and reach a wider candidate pool all from the comfort of their home screens. 

Hybrid Work Trends: Conclusion

With more of the workforce moving towards more remote working options, it’s clear that the hybrid work model is going to be the new norm. As trends and best practices continue to evolve in this type of work environment, it’s important for staffing agencies to be on top of these hybrid work trends to help improve their performance and find the best candidates for their client’s needs in the most efficient way possible. 

At Bilflo, we help staffing agencies streamline their process while providing them with the necessary technology and automation to keep up with the changing needs of the hiring process. 

To learn more, you can watch this short video about our software or schedule a demo with one of our team members.

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