With the holidays approaching, straight forward communication with prospective clients and candidates is crucial. As we all know time frames can become a bit vaguer during the holiday season. What should normally be a two day turn around may turn in to a week while a two-week process may turn in to a month or longer as companies and prospects alike can become a bit more preoccupied as we hit the end of year holidays. There are a few things that can keep everyone on the same page during the holiday season.
- Clear and communicated time frame- If we have an understanding that things will not be moving as quick communicate that to the candidate. Keep the communication with the candidate flowing in order to keep them up to date with the process. If the expected time frame may need adjusting this needs to be communicated immediately.
- Understanding that holidays may bring extra stress. For many people, the ability to balance their time between work and outside obligations during the holiday season brings an added level of stress. It is very important to understand this when attempting to communicate time frames to prospective candidates and clients.
- A clearly written out of office. It is important during the holidays that you take time to spend with loved ones. If you are going to be unreachable it is extremely important to have an out of office detailing the time frames you will not be reachable. This will allow your time away to actually be your time while keeping candidates and clients in the loop for a response time frame.
All in all successful communication between yourself, candidates, and clients will allow for a successful holiday season.
By Pete Pabon | People Science Talent Solutions Advisor