The current circumstances are challenging. Covid-19 has impacted most fields, especially the labor sphere. The world has changed its routine, and people who are working in emergency response mode allow us all to keep moving forward.
With the rules of the game completely changed and new priorities for the majorities of companies, coronavirus has hit the breaks on the world, and it’s still not clear when things will start up again. According to most HR consultants in the world, the staff hiring process is currently frozen or suspended until further notice.
Mercer encountered this situation when they surveyed large multinational corporations and their affiliates about the state of affairs. Of the 180 companies surveyed last week about if they would evaluate shares regarding the size of funding in light of the economic freeze, 41% responded that they had already decided to make changes.
Another 43% still hadn’t decided if they would. 12% already established that they will be suspending new hiring in 2020, and 4% would reduce their staff funding.
Under these circumstances, companies face a HUGE challenge. They had to adapt to remote work. In order to prevent a decrease in productivity, companies had to fully convert to a 100% online and remote labor model. They were forced to assess their digital transformation process that had been postponed until they found the perfect time that never came.
“ In order to prevent a decrease in productivity, companies had to fully convert to a 100% online and remote labor model.”
Now, facing the challenge of remote work with collaborators who weren’t prepared to adapt to this model, companies face something bigger: There were commitments, goals, and objectives that required hiring new people. Even though hiring has been temporarily paralyzed, companies still need complete these tasks and accomplish these objectives. Now what?
Outsourcing is a real option
Some companies are still leery of oursourcing. “We’re not comfortable hiring an outside person on a temporary basis,” “Our processes are rigorous, an outsider would take months to learn our way of work, and it would put us behind even more,” are just a few concerns that we’ve heard before, and all of them, even though they may be sure of it, show that the uncertainty surrounding change is harder than the actual change.
This is no time to slow down. Companies can’t wait around passively. They must continue to launch projects, proactively searching for responses and creatively analyzing what they can do under the isolation circumstances. Now more than ever, working with freelancers can be a stepping stone to move forward on your terms instead of letting the global circumstances make the decision for you.
On-demand talent with freelancers and much more
For several years, Workana has been working with multinational corporations like Unilever, Ambev, and Uber, to name a few. We’ve established close relationships with all of them. Not only have we provided talent for these companies to make their projects a success we’ve also initiated an ongoing participation in the cultural shift in each organization.
We know that providing external collaborators with the correct onboarding, researching freelance talent, and tracking each project are new concepts that every company has to learn to adapt to. That’s where our team comes in. Our team works on a daily basis to provide our clients with information, webinars, educational material, and personnel dedicated to helping your company by learning about your processes, understanding your needs, and to ensure that your search gets the best results possible.
During this time the changes that the world demands are clear: a shift from in-person to remote, overcoming the fear of artificial intelligence in order to do what we can’t do in person, and that we participate in the revolution by providing the framework to move forward.
How can companies emerge from the pandemic unharmed?
While many industries have been directly impacted, such as tourism, restaurants, and fields dedicated to in-person entertainment, there are others that are looking to transform and shift their potential toward the virtual realm through online stores.
In order for many industries to continue operating, e-commerce is the model to follow, but virtual stores aren’t just an online shop window; they have to follow through on the sales process from start to finish. To ensure a successful sales process, companies have to form a team of collaborators specialized in: marketing, customer service, IB analysis, IT experts, designers, email marketers, and an online sales team.
Your company has probably already established these departments, but now it’s important to focus on the online realm. And this is just one of many examples of what we’re seeing in different industries. Service companies must focus their attention on virtual assistants, brands must learn how to interact on social media with the help of Community Managers, and products must be described and shown online through videos, photos, design, and, of course, a UX Copywriter that helps tailor this content to the market.
We know this forced transformation to the online world is showing companies around the world that collaboration with outside talent isn’t just an option.
We don’t want your projects to stay in limbo or shut down due to the uncertainty that we’re experiencing. We want you to achieve your 2020 goals, and we’re here to help make that happen. Schedule an interview with our representative to learn more about our way of work and we’ll make it through the pandemic together.
We hope this time transforms and revolutionizes that we work. Welcome to the future of work. Welcome to Workana.
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