Jarrod Daniel, president and CEO of The Daniel Group, has been in the staffing business through six presidential election cycles. He shared his insight on how the upcoming 2020 election might impact hiring decisions.

With the 2020 election upon us, this will be the 7th Presidential election you’ve experienced as a staffing professional. What commonalities have you seen in each cycle?

In every election year, companies slow down their decision-making process. However, there is a big difference between a guaranteed administration change at 8-year elections, versus a possible administration change at the 4-year point. When an administration is at the end of an 8-year term, there is a pronounced slowdown in hiring that begins quite early in the year. The slowdown is not as extreme during some of the 4-year elections, depending on the strength of the current administration.

How is the Texas job market affected by presidential elections?

The oil & gas industry drives the Texas job market. The policies of the White House most impact this critical sector. Whether it’s Environmental concerns, foreign policy strategies or energy independence promises, jobs in the oil & gas industry are always affected by decisions that come out of Washington. Border security has also been a significant issue in the past two presidential elections. Those policies have changed the Texas job market. Specific skill sets are becoming harder to find.

How do you think the 2020 election will impact hiring?

Uncertainty is always the issue during election years. The economy under this administration is as strong as it’s ever been. The fundamentals appear to be stable, and the sentiment isn’t fearful. With the current low unemployment, companies can’t find enough of the right people. That has been their primary concern – Where can we find qualified people with the right skill set? Where is our competition getting their new hires? I don’t think that will change anytime in the near future. Companies will continue to seek out talent, and companies like The Daniel Group will continue to provide top-notch service.

2020 has already shaped up to be a contentious year in U.S. politics. How should companies handle employee relations during the 2020 election?

Employers should know what they can and can’t require their employees regarding political matters. Despite what many people think, the Constitution doesn’t prevent private employers from restricting their employees’ political speech while at work. Employers can prohibit conversations about political candidates or controversial topics in the workplace during work hours. They can also restrict employees from displaying campaign signs or wearing campaign paraphernalia. Enforcement needs to be neutral and nonpartisan. For managers and leaders, in particular, it’s a good idea to keep personal views out of the workplace.

The experienced professionals at The Daniel Group can help with all of your staffing needs from entry-level to seasoned experts. We have a proven track record of finding and qualifying the best candidates, and we can find the right talent to fill your company’s needs. The Daniel Group stands behind our work with a One-Year Replacement Guarantee.

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