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2. Broadcast Great Benefits and Compensation
Among the things gig workers miss most about corporate life are solid, dependable earnings and all those amazing employee benefits they once took for granted. Make sure yours are competitive: research industry benchmarks and adjust if needed.
In addition to gold standards like quality health insurance and impressive retirement plans, today’s employees seek perks like generous parental leave, wellness/fitness benefits and top-flight relocation packages. Offering hard-to-duplicate benefits won’t just catch gig workers’ eyes, but boost retention, too.
3. Create a 5-Star Referral Program
One of the most effective ways to recruit permanent employees in a gig economy is by courting employee referrals. After all, even workers who are ambivalent about returning to conventional employment are impressed to hear friends and former colleagues waxing poetic about their employers. Plus, research indicates that applicants who are hired via referrals have higher conversion rates and make better employees.
So, make sure your referral bonuses are drool-worthy and talk up your program in-house. Take advantage of this underutilized, very timely recruiting tool.
4. Provide a Path to Career Success
Another benefit that many gig workers lack is a route to greater success, whether growing compensation or career advancement. Be the employer that’s famous for cultivating talent and offering employees growth opportunities.
That means providing cutting-edge training programs, tuition reimbursement, etc. Implementing a policy of hiring from within first. Ensuring that managers have regular conversations with employees about their goals and aspirations. This won’t just entice dead-ended gig workers, but help prevent turnover. Who wants to leave an employer like that?
5. Craft a Standout Employee Experience
Much of the appeal of gig work is that it allows people to focus on enjoying their lives. When employers make work a more exciting, enjoyable experience, they have something to offer. Too.
How do you do that? By creating a supportive culture that values innovation and teamwork. Celebrating milestones big and small, from a great sales quarter to employee birthdays. Hosting can’t-miss company events.
For your candidates, that means going the extra mile. Taking the time to show them your operation (and city, when applicable). Reimbursing them promptly for travel expenses. Offering relocation opportunities for those who seek new life experiences, as many young workers do. And, of course, taking excellent care of them when they do (which is where we come in).
Bottom line: when you can show people that you genuinely care, that working for you will make their lives better, that’s a compelling recruiting story…even and especially in a gig economy.