I posted last week about a dilemma that stemmed from organizations who will not consider hiring the unemployed. In the past I could understand to a certain degree why companies would’ve shied away from those who were laid off simply because traditionally, the majority of employees reduced in a layoff were let go because they were not as productive as the workforce that remained.
But is it fair to assume that this is still true in this economy, where employees may have made it through the first 3 rounds of layoffs, but have now been let go? We are talking ROUNDS of layoffs and I can’t imagine THAT many unproductive employees would’ve stayed on the payroll through multiple layoffs. The world has changed and I don’t think you can safely assume that the unemployed were all a part of a reduction in force due to their own actions.
That being said, here are some other reasons it makes sense to consider hiring the unemployed.
Better retention – Those without a job are not going to be eager to risk one once they get one. They may even help retain your current employees by sharing the struggles they endured while they were out of work.
Strong employer brand – Now that it is common knowledge that many companies won’t even consider hiring the unemployed, think about what it will do to your employer brand that you do. You are open-minded, non-discriminatory, and have a heart – all things that attract talent and inspire loyalty.
Updated skills and a different perspective – Many of the unemployed are using this time to brush up on their abilities, learn about trends and build up industry knowledge. They just may be able to provide valuable insight simply because they invested time in learning while they were off.
New networks – Candidates looking for work spend a considerable amount of time networking. These relationships could prove very beneficial to your business in the form of customers, industry experts, and additional highly qualified hires. A lot of success comes from who you know.
The Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act – Many organizations can take advantage of tax breaks by hiring the unemployed. This can help your company recover financially as well as help the entire economy move forward. There isn’t much time left though, unless it is extended.
What do you think about hiring the unemployed?
This article was originally posted at www.careercurve.com/blog.