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Posted 12.11.19

More and more companies are asking applicants to start working before Christmas. In the past, there was always a natural tendency for companies to delay starting their new employees until after the festive season.

This was usually so they don’t have to pay them for ‘dead time’ over the festive period, either for financial reasons or so that someone can have a ‘clean start’ in the New Year.

In recent years however, businesses seem to be bucking this trend and pro-actively welcoming their new recruits into the fold before the festive season begins.

What is the reasoning behind this? When questioned upon this new school of thought, leading engineering companies highlighted the following as reasons for this new approach.

Christmas is the worst time for applicants accepting counteroffers. 

Christmas parties, drinks, events, atmosphere all soften someone’s impression of their current company and can often lead to a last-minute change of heart. Candidates might start to get cold feet or get tempted by another prospective role.

The week between Christmas and New Year is the busiest time for job applications.

Agencies and employers target this time with increased advertising as engineers are now back from working away or offshore, have spare time due to holidays/shutdowns and have ‘one last look’ before starting in their new job in the New Year.

Family get involved. 

Decisions that have already been made get re-assessed over Christmas especially if the applicant has not had chance to discuss it face to face with the family, or the new role is going to mean a change in lifestyle – less time with family, change in shifts, change in finances etc.

Christmas is a great time to ease someone in. 

Inductions, completion of initial onboarding (IT/equipment/company vehicle), meet the team and attend OUR Christmas party/events. All of this can be done in a festive atmosphere (great first impression) with a view to hitting the ground running straight away in January.

The feeling seems to be that a few weeks investment across the festive season is well worth it if negates the risk of a January let down, therefore avoiding an unexpected additional investment of time and money to fill a role they had already filled! 

Are you looking to hire before Christmas? Why not get in touch on +44 (0) 161 831 1608, or by emailing us – mail@cordantengineering.com

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