Automation and Productivity
Posted on February 21, 2020, by Devyn Hinchee
It’s 2020. Like it or not, it’s time to get serious about how automation can improve productivity.
Recruiters are facing an incredible amount of tasks and overwhelm in their everyday workflow and while automation can’t help with all of it, it can certainly cover some.
To be productive at work it feels like you need to manage 15 hours of email, 40 hours of resume reviewing, 25 hours of interviews, and 20 hours of managing hiring manager expectations…and that’s all in one day. It’s just not possible. By using automation, recruiters are able to relieve the brain space it takes to manage administrative tasks so they can aim their focus where it needs to be: on the candidates.
When deciding what sort of automation to bring into your workflow, there are a couple of questions to ask before making any final decisions:
How will automation change your workflow?
Building a more productive workflow with automation requires being honest about your needs as a recruiter. If you aren’t honest with your needs then you’re not going to find the right tool that works for you. Take a look at whatever scenarios could come out, both good and bad, and figure out how you would handle them.
Are you open to trusting automation? If not, how can you change that?
One of the easiest ways to get used to using automation is to automate something that does little to affect your relationships with candidates. For example, start with using software that automates your interview scheduling. It’s a simple transition that you can make that will save you an enormous amount of time. There’s no need to spend days going back and forth with candidates trying to schedule interviews. Set up a platform that will do it for you!
Building automation into your workflow can be concerning because it can feel like you’re handing over power to a computer. But it’s really not that dramatic. It’s about using a tool that’s available to you to make your workday better.
Is anyone else on your team already automating these tasks and happy with the tools they use?
Who doesn’t love reviews from people?! If you’re looking for automation tools to work into your process, ask around! Getting testimonials and reviews from people you trust is one of the best ways to learn about tools that may have otherwise gone under the radar.
Want to hear more about how automation can be implemented in the recruiting process, especially as it pertains to candidates? Check out the newest episode of The HireCast!