Recruiting supply chain employees during the pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on global business operations. Some industries have seen a sharp decline in the demand for labor, while other industries have seen a sharp rise in the demand for labor. Many companies have opted to allow employees to work remotely. Other companies have opted to hire contract workers to assist with meeting the demand in their business. Supply chain recruiters have to think outside the box to meet the rising demand in the logistics industry. Irrespective, the supply chain industry keeps growing regardless of the pandemic. 

Here are six tips for hiring contract workers in the supply chain industry.

Supply Chain Recruiters

Job description

The first step to hiring new contract employees in the supply chain industry is designing and writing effective and accurate job descriptions. Ideally, it is best to consult with the hiring manager about which skills and qualifications are needed for the specific job. Make use of old job descriptions in the same field and draw up a job description that is best suited to the vacant position. Include any software that the prospective employee may need to be familiar with.

Remote onboarding

Anything that can be done before the first day on the job will allow for a smooth transition into the position and allow the prospective employee to hit the ground running on the first day. If at all possible, after the relevant HR paperwork has been submitted, conduct the onboarding process remotely. This can save the company time and money. The employee will arrive on the first day ready to work.

Effective sourcing

Do not make the mistake of skipping any steps in the hiring process. Interviews, reference checks, and background checks exist for a reason. If not conducted properly, you may end up hiring unqualified or inexperienced workers. This will most certainly lead to high labor turnover or unproductive employees. Mistakes can be costly to the firm, especially if the firm has a high demand and is under strain for delivering products and/or services. The right candidate, if sourced correctly, will fall into the position, be highly productive, and work through the entire contract. 


Whenever possible, if hiring larger groups of employees for the same company, consider doing onboarding and training in groups. This will save time and money. This step will also avoid repetition. All contract-employee questions can be answered in one session and all relevant information can be relayed at the same time as well. Safety precautions, how to log hours, and contact personnel can all be discussed in one sitting. All preparations should be in place even before the contract workers start to work. 


Be forthcoming about the contract position and whether or not it may lead to full-time employment or if it is merely based on the organizational needs during Covid-19. Explain any shifts or changes that may or may not occur and be sure to prepare contract employees to be flexible. 

Conscientious efforts will always lead to success. The success of recruiting firms will always lie in their ability to be flexible with the changing needs of organizations. 

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