You’re tired – well and truly burned out. We get it – we are too. One thing recruiters are good at is digging in and getting the job done. You’re not flaking out and phoning it in. But right now, things are feeling harder than ever before. Feels like time for some good news!

There’s added pressure to hit your KPIs before the end of the year, and candidates are even keener (and more emotional). You’re feeling the tension between hitting business goals and dealing with real people because, in the spirit of all things Christmas, you want to do right by candidates. So, after what’s felt like a constant stream of sad and bad news, here are some good-news stories from the world of work.

Turning the “great resignation” into “great recruitment”

There’s been a lot of chatter this year (particularly in the US) about the so-called “great resignation”. While we’re yet to see whether the phenomenon has hit our shores, we love how The Conversation frames it as an opportunity. With more candidates thinking about shifting jobs, this should be a boom time for sourcing. If you’re already doing work to make the candidate experience slick, quick and enjoyable, you’ll be able to take your pick from a swell of great job seekers.  

The unexpected positives of lockdowns

Yes, you’ve read that right – not all COVID-related news is doom and gloom. This article points out six unexpected (but awesome!) things that have changed for the better in the world of recruitment. We’re talking wider talent pools, more flexible working opportunities, speedier hiring processes – all that good stuff.

More businesses optimistic about the outlook

It can be hard to see the forest for the COVID fatigue trees looming over us, but true to our “can do” attitudes, businesses in New Zealand and Australia are confident about the future. That means more jobs and more candidates. Recently, Radio New Zealand reported that business confidence is showing few signs of buckling in the face of prolonged lockdowns and restrictions. Then across the ditch, Australian business optimism has surged as firms see a strong rebound.

Celebrating diversity wins

We know that you know the true value of increasing diversity in the workplace, and it can also be very slow and hard to move the needle. There’s lots more work to be done, but we can’t forget to stop and celebrate some of the wins. In September, six Australian companies were named in Refinitiv’s 2021 Top 100 global most diverse and inclusive organisations. In New Zealand, the winners of the 2021 Diversity Awards have recently been announced, with top NZ food producer George Weston Foods taking out the top prize.

Australia and New Zealand least worried in the world

In the greater scheme of things, Australia and New Zealand have managed to avoid the worst, most deadly part of the pandemic. According to Gallup's State of the Global Workplace: 2021 Report, employed Australians and New Zealanders are also among the least worried in the world.

The report goes on to explore how the economic recovery will fuel a war of talent, with winning organisations creating engaging and thriving workplaces with high wellbeing, where employees can integrate work and life more effectively. So, if you’ve put in the hard yards this year, it looks like they’re about to pay off.

Hang in there, the finish line is near

It’s been a big two years, that’s for sure, but it’s not long until we get to put laptops away for a bit. So from us, hang in there – and have a weird and wonderful Christmas.