An additional 30 days of Extended Unemployment Benefits may be on the way
Looks like we may see another 30 days of extended benefits as this article from ABC news indicates. While I personally believe that deficit spending is generally a bad thing, at this point, what choice do we have? We have a huge population of workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own and they need support.
My concern is that we seem to spend a lot of energy bantering back and forth on 30 day extensions while we have a much larger problem to address. The economy is in a state of flux. We are seeing old technologies and ways of doing things dying out to make room for the new, (see “Are There Jobs Out There?”).
We need to do a better job of preparing our unemployed workforce to take on new challenges. We need to be doing things to promote innovation. I think employers can have a great impact in this area. I’ve talked about the importance of having a Reemployment Strategy in the past, but I don’t think I’ve talked about making sure that as an employer, that strategy is aligned with what is happening in today’s economy.
It is not enough to offer resume writing support. Workers need to be taught to think differently. They need to learn to look at their experiences and see a skill set. They need help understanding how that skill set could translate into new opportunities. And, they need to learn how to market themselves differently. Times are tough and competition is fierce for those open positions that do exist.
I’ll get off my soapbox here shortly, but I encourage employers to really think about what they do to support exiting employees. Getting these folks back to work as quickly as possible is a win/win situation for both the employer and the employee. Whether you choose to use an outside service such as the TALX Reemployment Service or do it in house, just do it. Not only will you save some unemployment costs, but it feels great knowing that you helped someone in such a meaningful way.
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