9 most effective ways to tackle peak recruitment periods at work

Companies in the recruitment industry operate in a fluctuating environment, especially those that deal with hiring temporary labour. During peak hiring periods, it becomes extremely busy as companies increase headcount requirements to deal with an uptake in consumer spending.

The peak hiring season might vary for different recruitment sectors but usually lasts 12-15 weeks in the temporary labour market. The added pressure of managing a workforce double the size during peak, not only takes a toll on a company’s productivity but also results in high levels of stress and pressure for those responsible for hiring.

For those of you that are responsible for recruitment and operations during peak hiring periods, it can be extremely busy and it is easy to become overwhelmed. That’s why we have created some top tips for you to follow to help relieve stress and make your workload more manageable.

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Our top tips:

1. Plan ahead and prioritise

Start your day right and jot down all the tasks that you plan to complete each day before getting started at work. Planning ahead can lead to more efficiency and reduce the levels of stress. Also, assess each task and prioritise on the basis of their urgency and importance, scheduling the most crucial tasks during the day when your productivity is to the fullest. 

2. Do a task breakdown

Instead of being overwhelmed by a major task, break it down into steps and set deadlines for each of these smaller tasks. Accomplishing each of these smaller chunks will not only take you closer to the completion of the overall task, but it will also give you an increased sense of achievement. 

3. Delegation is key

Delegate tasks that can be handled by someone else if your current workload seems too much and you cannot manage to complete them in a certain time frame. The quest to take responsibility for each task that comes your way can be mentally exhausting for you and also lead to delays in completing those tasks in time. 

4. Retrospect

Think of the last year’s peak hiring period and list down your accomplishments and also your shortcomings. What was the strategy that you put in place to manage your work during peak cycles, and how effective was it? Review those aspects and make a decision whether to follow the same strategy or adopt a new one for this year. 

5. Enrol in peak learning programmes

A number of recruitment companies invest in learning and development programmes so take the opportunity to learn something new. Reach out to your L&D team to see how they can support you.

6. Embrace new projects

Move out of your comfort zone and say yes to new opportunities and tasks, even if you are not fully comfortable with them. You can always reach out to your peers or manager for support but doing this can help you break up the regularity of your current role and potentially expose you to different parts of the business. 

7. Be kind to yourself

We all know that peak hiring periods are busy and stressful, so take the time to be kind to yourself. Take all of the wins, whether they are big or small, and don’t be too hard on yourself if something doesn’t go as planned.

Small acts of kindness towards yourself will go a long way in helping you manage your emotions and health during peak.

8. Indulge in a healthy lifestyle

We have all been there… you have back-to-back meetings all morning and before you know it, it is lunchtime and you haven’t eaten or drunk anything yet! It is important to recognise behaviours like this that aren’t conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Prioritise your personal wellbeing – avoid excessive caffeine intake, eat healthy food at regular intervals, drink plenty of water, and indulge in some kind of physical exercise. 

9. Take mini breaks

Step out for some fresh air, walk around the house or office, and spend some time with your family. Take small breaks in between work to regain focus and mental stamina to deliver your best at work, and you will find yourself in a more organised and happy place once you resume your work for the day.