There must be an annoying employee or colleague that comes to mind when you think of excessive cell phone use at the workplace.You know the one who's constantly tapping away and causes the whole office to look up when their phone vibrates.
And since most cell phone networks provide free access to an array of social media
channels, which further lowers productivity mobile phones in the workplaceare seen as a big problem, The Health and Safety Bulletin reports
But they shouldn't be. Because mobile phones can bearecruitment tool to access the growing job market.
dubbed 2013 the 'year of social HR', according to the HR Pulse newsdesk.
This meansHR executives in charge of recruiting or sourcing talent now need to know how to use social media tools to their advantage to source candidates for particular jobs
Put mobile phones to use in your HR department!
'In the last five years, online recruitment has become an essential HR practice with US research showing 92% of companies now recruit via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Seven in ten companies have successfully hired this way', writes Mark Gray of Graylink on the SALeader
But the situation differs in South Africa. Here, 'technology is still used in a very basic way to advertise on job boards and direct candidates to an email address or applicant tracking system', Gray adds.
Here are two ways your company can put cell phones to use as a recruitment tool
With eight in ten South Africans in possession of a mobile phone, it's the best way to reach candidates, especially blue collar workers. Different to the US, Africa will have 85% non-smartphone users by 2015, which makes SMS an ideal communication channel.
That's why recruiters should start figuring out how to integrate mobile into the recruitment process as a job application channel.
Two ways to do so are to:
Start mobile marketing of job ads – this involves advertising for positions on mobile websites, which have a different format to normal websites, and
Automate the job application process via various mobile channels including SMS, mobile Internet, and instant messaging (like MXit), addsGray on BizCommunity.
Incorporate these mobile channels into your recruitment strategy to reach the widest range of possible new employees!
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