What you need to know about starting a job during a pandemic

Posting date: 24 November 2020

Even in normal circumstances, starting a new job can be a daunting experience. It’s a learning curve that requires patience, adaptability, and social awareness. However, beginning a new role during a pandemic is even more challenging, as you’ll be navigating a huge change while working remotely. Professionals across all industries need to be prepared for the unexpected, as well as the onboarding process and meeting colleagues virtually.

 

The pandemic has proven to be a stressful time for many businesses, so it’s important anyone starting a new role can manage their own time and work efficiently. Despite the pandemic, many companies across Switzerland and further afield are still hiring. Looking ahead, the Swiss labour market is on the road to recovery after a sharp decline when COVID-19 initially broke out – which is good news if you’re looking to progress your career and land your next role. Here’s how to ensure you make an excellent start to your new role during a difficult time.

 

Communication is key

Communication is the backbone of any business. It’s essential for achieving productivity and maintaining good relationships. However, starting a job in a pandemic means that consistent and quality communication is all the more important. Since you’ll most likely be learning your new role virtually, you must understand the preferred method of communication. Whether your company uses Microsoft Teams, Slack, or Zoom, you’ll need to ensure open lines of communication at all times while you learn the basics of your new role. COVID-19 has forced many businesses to change the way they work, with employees now expected to be more autonomous and flexible. When you’re virtual, you’ll need to make a conscious effort to connect with your co-workers and build relationships across the business. The pandemic has pushed us to embrace remote work and communication is fundamental for success.

 

Embrace the culture

Businesses of all sizes have been forced to adapt their operations during the pandemic, and this includes workplace culture. Now more than ever, employers will want new hires to quickly learn the culture and align themselves with the company’s mission. In the COVID era of remote working, navigating company culture can be difficult due to the lack of in-person conversations. However, it’s important to recognise that culture isn’t bound to a location. Culture is all about how you connect with your co-workers. That’s why during the onboarding process, you will need to listen actively and engage thoroughly during remote calls. Since you likely won’t be in the office often, it can be harder to present yourself as a team player. But with the right transferrable skills and emotional intelligence, you’ll be able to enter a new role and build great relationships from day one.

 

Organisation must be a priority 

Even in regular circumstances, time management is critical for productivity. But with the pandemic disrupting schedules, the ability to keep organised and track your progress couldn’t be more important. This means that when starting a new role you need to first understand what’s expected of you and make a plan that includes key dates and deadlines, with digital tools to help you stay on task. Because everything has changed so much in the COVID world, you will have to be more proactive and willing to share ideas with more experienced members of your team. As the situation evolves, you’ll need to organise your time accordingly and work in a way that gives you the flexibility to prepare for challenging situations. Starting a new job is never easy – but staying organised can make the transition that much easier.

 

Get in touch with our team of recruitment specialists

There’s no question that starting a job in a pandemic is a real challenge for anyone. With the right leadership, co-workers, and tools at your disposal, you can thrive in an unprecedented time. The team here at Swisslinx is dedicated to providing quality career advice to help with your job search. We keep up with the latest trends in recruitment markets, from financial to digital and technology. Contact us to speak with a team member or start your job search now.


How to future-proof your business in the age of digital disruption

In business, change is essential for improvement. We are currently undergoing a major digital transformation that is impacting the way we recruit, onboard and retain new employees. Even before the pandemic, technological innovations were changing the way people work and the skills needed to do different jobs. Therefore, disruption has become the new normal for modern businesses.    Companies now must develop new strategies and adapt to the changing environment to remain in a strong market position. As technology evolves, it will be all the more important for businesses to ensure they’re still relevant and competitive. That’s why the implementation of changes across organisations is key. So, here’s an overview of how to future-proof your business.    Nurture a digital-first mindset With digital technology now ruling the economy, businesses of all sizes strive to develop a digital-first mindset. This means using technology to create structures and processes that support digital optimisation, as well as adopting a flexible, growth-mindset that is always ready to innovate. There are several ways companies can instil a digital-first mindset. This includes providing collaboration tools to support teams regardless of location and creating a recruitment process that focuses on finding people who are digitally-savvy, and who can swiftly adapt to the changing needs of your organisation. Switzerland’s technology market is currently in a great position, which means companies must seize the opportunities of increasing innovation to ensure growth in the long-term.   Invest in upskilling your workforce If you want to make sure your company continues to thrive in the future, you need to make upskilling your workforce a priority. The nature of jobs are shifting at a rapid rate, with every company being affected by digital innovations and as a result, employee expectations are changing. The best professionals understand they need to be continually developing their skills. As we move forward, companies will need to offer more training and development opportunities, so their employees have the digital skills needed to keep up with the demands, especially as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.   Digital transformation is not limited to the structure of the organisation; it’s also about future-proofing your employees so they feel happier in their roles and can grow alongside your company. The next generation of workers will need to understand how to use big data and how AI can help workflows, and complete tasks more efficiently. According to a study by Dell Technologies, more than half of respondents said they believed that workers of the future will disrupt the workforce with new, innovative skills.   Create an agile business Today, the importance of creating an agile business has never been more important. Leaders need to find ways to increase the efficiency of organisations and make sure their businesses are continually responsive to change. As digital technology evolves, companies will need to work faster and harder to keep up with the competition. Dynamic organisations understand how to respond efficiently to new challenges and opportunities while cultivating a sense of stability at the same time. By taking an agile approach, you’ll be able to take advantage of new technologies more easily. One of the best ways to ensure your company has an agile mindset is to listen to your customers and always plan for the unexpected. From quarterly reviews to budget plans, leaders need to make sure every part of their business is flexible and has the potential to innovate. In a time of digital disruption, creating a more agile business will help increase adaptability, employee engagement, and company culture.   Are you looking to recruit? There’s a range of ways your business can future-proof itself to boost productivity in this digital transformation. Providing ongoing training to your current workforce and recruiting the right professionals that fit your culture is essential. At Swisslinx, we offer recruitment expertise to clients within finance, digital and technology, as well as the technical services. We support our clients at every stage of the hiring process. Swisslinx serves as a partner in talent strategy, helping companies make the best recruitment decisions to drive their organisations forward. Contact us today if you’re looking to recruit and take a look at our insights page for more career-based blog articles.

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Charity Announcement – Food for everyone - Pastor Sieber/Essen für Alle

Swisslinx is delighted to announce that instead of hosting Christmas events this year, we are supporting a Zurich-based initiative called Food for Everyone. We have donated 20’000 CHF to this organisation, founded by Amine Diare Conde, who recognised the need to support the most vulnerable people affected by the COVID crisis. The charity received publicity in recent months for its valuable contribution, and our donation has been provisioned specifically to support the distribution of food to those in need due to financial constraints caused by the pandemic and will enable it to continue operating longer into 2021.   The organisation Pastor Sieber is leading the Food for Everyone project by distributing basic food and hygiene to those in need. Since 1988, Pastor Seiber has worked tirelessly to help disadvantaged people. The charity focuses on those who’ve experienced hardship and gives long-term care to people in a crisis. Pastor Sieber offers a range of support and facilities, including safe places to sleep for the homeless, social counselling and food banks. People who are struggling to find shelter and food can expect to receive pastoral care and find a temporary home with the charity.    We chose this charity as it is founded on strong values and ethics, which includes helping people in need, regardless of their background, religion or social status. Pastor Sieber relies on donations to support people who are struggling, especially right now. The Food for Everyone initiative has the power to change the lives of many people. That’s why the team at Swisslinx decided it was time to offer a helping hand to ensure the charity can continue to provide care during these challenging times.     If you would like to contribute, then visit Food for Everyone’s and Pastor Sieber’s donation pages where you’ll be able to commit yourself to a fantastic cause.

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