Now that the new year is officially in full swing you’re ready to start hiring. Your light industrial company has big plans for 2021 and that means expanding your team 

Of course, the COVID-19 crisis is still going strong so you know you need to take a different approach than you have in the past. Here’s a look at top hiring trends that will affect the light industrial industry this year. 

3 Light Industrial Hiring Trends for 2021 


More Temporary Workers Will Be Utilized 

As noted above, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Despite the arrival of a vaccine, experts don’t expect normal life to resume until the end of the year or even next year. This should be an important consideration when hiring because it could cause more ebbs and flows in business.  

Since there’s so much uncertainty right now companies are hiring more temporary workers. Having the ability to scale your workforce up or down with demand will keep it flexiblea must in this economy. 

COVID-19 Safety Will Be a Priority 

No one wants to work for a company that doesn’t take COVID-19 seriously. Top talent will want to know what precautions you’re taking to keep workers safe, and if these safeguards aren’t stringent enough, they’ll pass on the opportunity.  

Hopefully, you’re already doing everything possible to minimize the chance of workers contracting the virus on the job, but if not, it’s time to step it up. Actions like mask mandates, placing hand sanitizer stations around your facility, and providing paid leave to those who have the virus — or have been exposed to it  show your commitment to pandemic safety. 

Employer Branding Needs to Shift 

Prospective workers still want to know about your light industrial company’s products, employee benefits, and work environment, but in 2021, they’ll need more. Since the pandemic has placed the world in an unprecedented state, candidates will want to know what you’re doing to support workers. 

Highlight actions you’ve taken to make life easier — and safer — for workers amid the COVID-19 crisis on your marketing materials, company website, blog, and social media accounts. More so than ever, people want to work for an employer that cares. Make sure your branding reflects the fact that you’re truly invested in the well-being of your team. 

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