Technology makes our lives easier, but has it made us lazier?

Is the recruitment industry getting lazy in this digital age?

The overpowering rise of technology in the digital age has led to many changes and developments in the modern workplace. For those involved in resourcing and talent acquisition, the influence of technology is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.

In recent years, technology has revolutionised the recruitment process. From job boards to AI software, these systems have changed the way recruiters search for and find potential candidates.
While technology has opened up an abundance of opportunities for both candidates and recruitment professionals, over-reliance on digital methods of attraction and retention can prove costly. While 41% of millennials say they’d prefer to communicate electronically at work than face-to-face, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, this can lead to intergenerational conflict in the workplace. Indeed, the changing workforce demographic is tipped to be the second-biggest disruptor for how resourcing professionals recruit talent over the next three years.

Millennials currently comprise 35% of the UK workforce, and are set to represent an astounding 50% of the global workforce by 2020, according to a report by KPMG. They bring wants and needs which differ greatly to those that came before them and hold more bargaining power than ever before in the labour marketplace.

With millennials leading the way in the growing workforce, the rise of the digital world appears to be unstoppable. The digital world has shifted the focus from some of the more traditional recruitment methods, to new age ideals, which have come as a result of these technologies. Why in this era should we ignore the “old school” recruitment methods we know work so well?

While technology is playing a pivotal role in today’s society, it is important we don’t rely solely on technology as a strategy. Candidates and clients still want and need the human element and are more likely to engage if they feel they are being dealt with on a personal level.

Networking is one of the main fundamentals of recruitment and certainly where we do a lot of our business. The impact of in-person networking is far stronger than that of any software platforms we use, such as LinkedIn, however neither can be ignored.

As we see the recruitment market continuing to change and develop, is it likely the recruitment industry is becoming lazy? Do we need to protect our roots, the human interaction and the “old school” techniques?
At Jackson Hogg we blend “old school” methods with the latest technology and systems to ensure we stay connected on a human level without being left behind in the digital age. We feel this enables us to differentiate in the market and when we are engaged in an assignment our clients can be sure no stone is left unturned.

Given 41% of millennials prefer electronic communication, what do our clients and candidates want? Are you happy for less human contact or are you of the opinion technology can be used as a tool to enable more human contact?

Jackson Hogg is a specialist recruitment company based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We use our expansive networks to place the right people into the right roles in the engineering, manufacturing and technology sectors.