An analysis of the effects of Corona on the current working environment
Corona has become an accelerator of digital transformation, and it will change markets forever. The real obstacle of this transformation have been rigid structures, skills gaps, and reluctance on the management levels. Home office and/or mobile work has proven itself as an alternative form of work and digital (communication) tools have become an omnipresent work tool. The consequence is the end of the of compulsory attendance at all office companies followed by the end of a management mindset where managers still see themselves as watchdogs over employees.
Therefore, we have learned to work in a new way with more independence, entrepreneurial participation while simultaneously empowering the development of all potentials. Giving employees maximum freedom and letting them try out and experience new things in networked and agile teams has something to do with “letting go”. The basic principle of digitalization is networking. Companies become networked teams. In communities, learning is platform-based, knowledge is shared and directly applied. Thus, employees and companies became more adaptive.
But even if remote work is becoming more and more popular, this is by no means an end to on-site work. What is new, however, is a heightened sensitivity to what modern offices must be able to do. The office is not just a place where you go to work because there are no other places to go, but a social system.
Recruitment and hiring in times of COVID 19 with a special focus on the consulting industry
The way of reaching potential applicants changed. What about the actual recruitment process? Do case studies, interviews and more can work the same way, they did before a global crisis?.
They most likely did not. That does not mean, hiring is not working anymore. It just means, that we are experiencing a new way of the hiring process.
McKinsey, a global leader in strategic consultancy developed a new recruiting system in the last months, according to Brian Rolfes, the partner in charge of global recruiting of McKinsey. The whole process of their business games and case studies are moved to the online meeting platform zoom. The goal of McKinsey is to ensure the same quality and skill level, they had before. This is a trend not only McKinsey is following. We are experiencing a movement towards online interviews of almost every consultancy since the beginning of the restrictions in early 2020 in order to make sure, the applicants are always safe and their health is not affected.
Many people wonder, if the crisis affected the numbers of applicants and jobs to offer in a negative way.
It did not. Most of the consulting companies say, that they are planning long term and qualified personal is needed more, than ever before. Some companies even went as far as to increase their hiring numbers, according to the following chart.