It’s easy to forget that sticking with the status quo is a decision. An action—albeit one of inaction. And as such, it has financial consequences. 

How companies choose to proceed, as they become accustomed to working around the COVID-19 pandemic, reveals their choice of action. Whether they choose to review and update their processes. Or whether their decision is to do nothing.

So, why choose the path of no change? One reason is nervousness. Businesses are nervous of change and how it upsets established routines and are concerned about the cost of making changes. And perhaps this worry is understandable within an industry such as recruitment, which has been hard hit by the pandemic.

But what if there was a way to improve processes—to become lean and agile—without major disruption and without incurring exorbitant costs? A way to leverage existing resources and get ahead of the competition. To be ready to fulfil new recruitment needs as soon as companies feel confident enough to start hiring again.

 

To become a lean recruiting machine. But how?

 

In short, don’t do nothing. But don’t rip everything up and start from scratch either. The key is to optimise. To integrate the systems and apps you already have, and to automate labour-intensive manual processes.

If your recruitment company uses a number of disparate systems and apps such as Evertime, Bullhorn and Xero that don’t communicate with each other, and you have to manually transfer data between them, you are far from being alone! 

But while this situation may be commonplace within the industry, it is not a good long-term strategy. Not only does it waste time for valuable employees, it also means you’re not able to maximise insight from your data. Doing nothing costs money—both directly through lost person-hours, and indirectly by not being able to use the data you already have to create competitive advantage.

 

 

It doesn’t have to be this way. 
1. View information in one place 

What if you had a performance dashboard that extracted data from the different systems and apps you use, to give you a single user-friendly view? All the key metrics in one place, with the ability to drill down further as required. How much time would that save you and your colleagues? Are you already thinking about how you’ll use that spare time to take advantage of opportunities and grow the business? 

 

2. Replace repetitive processes with Bots

What if you were able automate repetitive manual tasks, letting software robots do the boring stuff, instead of your experienced, valuable employees? How might they spend the time they save? Maybe it will be on developing contacts and new ideas for maximising profits. How much more motivated will your team be, moving forwards?

 

3. Work with an experienced technology partner 

What if all you had to do to make this happen was to find an experienced partner who could help you make these net savings of time and money without it costing a small fortune? At embracent, we understand how to optimise the technology you already have, in order for you to achieve tangible business benefits. Without delay.

Doing nothing is not the safe option. Because doing nothing has massive implications for the very survival of a business. Particularly as companies negotiate the next normal. And it’s never too soon to find ways to improve efficiency.

 

Be integrated. Be automated. And be a lean recruiting machine.

Contact embracent today to find out how we can help you improve processes and save money with practical lean solutions.

 

 

Mark Lockton Goddard

Mark Lockton Goddard

Prior to founding embracent, Mark held senior leadership positions in a range of FTSE listed businesses – building a solid reputation for leading complex global transformation with the aid of technology

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