This year has seen rapid, unprecedented changes to office operations. Many businesses transitioned to remote operations last spring, and the pandemic has changed company hiring practices. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues steadily toward its second year, professionals are seeing significant changes in cybersecurity staffing and what employees want. In this blog, we explore some of the newest trends in cybersecurity staffing and what employers can do to unearth candidates who are an excellent fit for their business.
Using Remote Work as an Incentive for Cybersecurity Staffing
With COVID concerns ramping up once more, many professionals are seeking remote positions or office arrangements that can help them minimize their health risks. This is an essential consideration for cybersecurity staffing professionals. Employers should provide the option to work from home whenever possible. If remote work is not feasible for everyone, companies may consider limiting office capacity. While some professionals may need to work in a brick-and-mortar office to fulfill their duties, employers can help reduce the risk of disease by staggering shifts or encouraging those who can work remotely to stay home for all or part of the workweek. Cybersecurity staffing professionals can help attract candidates by making the company’s work-from-home policy clear to applicants.
Cybersecurity Professionals Want Flexible Hours, Stable Office Culture
Another attractive feature for cybersecurity professionals is the opportunity to work flexible hours, regardless of their work-from-home status. Even setting a window during which employees can work (allowing staff members to work any eight hours between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., for example) can give your cybersecurity professionals some much-needed flexibility. Conversely, many workers (particularly those who work remotely) crave connection and a developed office culture. Remote work has increased the need for clear communication and socialization; without a water cooler or break room to gather in, some professionals feel disconnected from their coworkers. Again, cybersecurity staffing teams would do well to advertise their companies’ flexible hours and distinct office culture.
Employers Must Create Clear Cybersecurity Staffing Goals
Few career fields have seen as much change over the last few months as cybersecurity and IT. Many end-users are now working from home, creating countless vulnerabilities and significant security risks for cybersecurity professionals to mitigate. Workflows and the tools that offices use to communicate and store data have evolved rapidly. Teams looking to add cybersecurity professionals to their roster should work to provide unambiguous job descriptions and expectations for their new staff members. When employers know what they want from their new team members, cybersecurity staffing professionals can make well-informed choices during the hiring process.
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