As we discussed this disturbing issue from a top HR executive level (which we both were) we got more and more concerned that companies are really missing the boat. They are also telling the out-of-workforce you are not valuable. Knowing people who have been out of work for several years that is as far from the truth as can be. What we concluded was that we could not change current hiring principles.
I have to say some companies are hiring talented 1+, 2+ out-of-work workers and encourage those companies to continue to hire those talented extended unemployed.
Companies must think out of the box to stay competitive and this is one way of staying ahead of the competition. While these people were out of work what changed, we thought:
- software may have been upgraded in companies
- companies may have gone virtual or mobile
- dress codes may have changed
- resized companies have reduced workspace
- some key players in target companies
- company values
- the skill set of the unemployed worker
- the network the worker had in prior work lives and what has been gained during the unemployed period
- eagerness for these unemployed to add value to the hiring company
- not much else has changed.