Should the unemployed be required to donate time to give back to the community?
I was traveling to the UI Directors Conference
in Washington D.C. yesterday with a co-worker and we started talking about an article
I read where a U.K.
Job Seeker was crying foul about
a Jobseeker Allowance (U.K. unemployment benefit program) requirement to participate
in a training and skills program in order to keep his benefits.
The job seeker showed up for training
thinking that he was going to be learning valuable job skills that could help him
find a new career and instead was asked to wrap Christmas presents for a charity and
Well, the job seeker was understandably
disappointed since he thought he was going to be getting career help, but the thought
Joe and I kicked around was how great would that be if every unemployed individual
decided to volunteer just one day a week to a charity. A
mandate is probably not feasible, but a well placed call to action might not be a
Plus, the hidden benefit for the
job seeker is that more and more individuals are actually finding long-term gainful
employment in organizations where they started out as volunteers.
Sounds like a win/win to me…
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