The Covid-19 pandemic has reshaped businesses and whole industries in ways that were unthinkable before. Even though many parts of the world are still struggling with the health crisis that has crippled economic activity as well, savvy business owners are already thinking of the future. While the British public is anxious for life to return to the pre-pandemic normal, for many business things won’t ever be the same again.
Flexibility is key
Most UK companies have had to adapt to a new business model where work from home is the rule during the lockdown in spring and in a lot of cases it seems employees won’t be back to the office any time soon. A lot of companies have suffered huge losses and many are looking at streamlining their workforce.
It’s not a pleasant thing to do, but most companies will have to function with a reduced workforce if they are to survive, which brings company managers to a stringent problem – making sure the employees they can retain are the best in their field. Maybe before 2020 a company in London could afford to have three copywriters on its payroll. If you’re down to one in 2021 you’ll want to make sure that this one employee is the most talented and this requires casting a far wider net.
Instead of posting a local job ad, a company might as well go global and hire someone across the world, including Australia. There is no language barrier and in the end it really doesn’t matter if someone is working from their home office in London or in Melbourne. If they’re talented and they deliver on time everything’s fine as far as the company manager is concerned.
How can a UK company screen overseas employees
If you’re looking to hire remote workers, modern technology is there to help you.
You can conduct a job interview on Zoom or Facetime and receive all the relevant documents, CV and education certificates, online. If there’s something you need to check about a previous employment you only have to pick up the phone or send an email.
The same goes for conducting a background check on a prospective employee who has never set foot outside of Australia. UK companies can use an accredited online agency like the australian national character check website to get a full national police check on that person just as easy as ordering a pizza for lunch. All you have to do is input the data required and the people at the Australian National Character Check will email you the police report in a matter of days. All safe and secure, and 100% valid as the agency is accredited with the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission.
Last, but not least, a company based in the UK can easily screen a potential employee’s social media to see if they fit in with the organisation’s social and moral values.