According to our 2020 Recruiter Nation Survey, 61% of recruiters have reported increased stress levels since the start of the pandemic, with 19% answering that stress increased dramatically. 2020 brought talent teams to three major crossroads. Depending largely on industry and company size, teams were either rapidly hiring, re-deploying talent across their organization, or re-imagining their talent strategies. Regardless of which category you fit into during 2020, each of these scenarios present challenges and ultimately stress.
But how can you relax when you are stuck at home, unable to get away from the daily drain of homeschooling and Zoom meetings? Kelly Lavin, SVP of Talent at Jobvite says, “Remember that spending more hours working doesn’t always mean that more (or better) work is getting done. Employees should be encouraged to use breaks, rest, and non-work activities to unlock their best performance and creativity.” Jobvite works hard at stressing the importance of balance for today’s always-on workforce.
Jobvite’s Recruiter Nation Survey showed 43% of recruiters reporting that job seekers are inquiring about mental health benefits more frequently since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. In order to help candidates through periods of stress, talent professionals also must be in a good state of mind! Lucky for us, de-stressing is trending and there are numerous tools to help us relax. As we start to imagine a future where our current COVID reality finally shifts, here are some ways you can proactively cultivate your own sense of calm.
Try a relaxation app
Mindfulness has been an increasingly hot topic in HR for several years. Tell me you haven’t been to an HR conference and done yoga or meditation! I’ve done it at least five times at events and three times the sessions were led by a monk. But guess what? It works! According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation is a simple, fast way to reduce stress.
There are apps that can help you relax. Check out Calm and take some time between sourcing candidates to try some breathing and relaxation exercises.
Go for a walk or bike ride
Quarantining this spring in a condo with a newborn and a four-year-old, all I thought about was getting outside. I bought a road bike with a carrier for the kids and I can’t even begin to describe how good it felt to get put the wind on my face and through the stress. The kids had a blast with it too! Turns out, my exercise was beneficial to my brain. According to Harvard Medical School, “Exercise reduces levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, and stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body’s natural painkillers and mood elevators.”
Don’t wait by the phone for that candidate to get back to you on interview availability. Take advantage of mobile capabilities to talk or text with candidates and be confident that you won’t miss any progress in your hiring funnel. Just remember your phone!
Ditch the lyrics
Many of us are working from home now. Why not put on some nice music to help you get through the day? I’m a Spotify fan and I recently ditched my standard repertoire of 80s and 90s hits for some calming playlists. I recommend the Calming Classical list. This collection has helped keep my mind moving while boosting my mood and not distracting me with lyrics. If you’d like to go a step further, try the movie soundtrack playlist Cinematic Chillout, and let our automated technology take care of the grunt work while you imagine you’re the lead in a future Oscar-nominated drama, The Star Recruiter.
Take a step back
Although times are tough, they will pass. Take a step back and realize that things will get better. Take a few minutes to reflect on how blessed and fortunate you are. Grab a pen and write down the things in your life and professional career you are grateful for. In the meantime, realize that you can’t change what you have no control over. Take a moment to enjoy the added time with your family. Get to know your neighbors. Lean on those around you and help your community.
Reconnect with other TA professionals
If you haven’t already, connect with other talent professionals and find out what strategies they’re implementing for a less stressful year of talent acquisition. Start by looking over Hung Lee’s list of recruiting communities at Recruiting Brainfood and stay aware of the latest tools and resources to help recruiters by subscribing to this blog and following us on social media @jobvite