Doorway Learning Circle June 27, 2013. Making the Connection: Employers and Youth with Barriers. Overview. What is a “barrier to employment”? Making the Connection – The Business Case Making the Connection – The Social Case Relationship Building: Researching P rospects
Doorway Learning Circle
June 27, 2013
A ‘barrier to employment’ is any condition, set of circumstances or deficit possessed by a job seeker and/or discriminatory social norms and misperceptions that hinder one’s competitiveness in the job market.
Recruitment: You can save them time and money by pre-screening applicants for them (increased efficiency / lower costs)
Training / supervision: You can also help them lower costs by providing training on customer service or on-the-job training (job coaching). Offer to assist with issues that may arise in the probationary period (lower costs)
People who have barriers often need to work twice as hard as other job seekers (increased productivity)
Customers will respond positively to businesses that have a diverse workforce, invest in the community, etc. (increase sales / good PR)
Reputation: Let them know about the other businesses you work with
Ask for testimonials to use from employers that you have a good relationship with
Understand their business needs when working with them
Businesses have community and diversity goals you can help with as well
Diversity in the workforce includes employing people with disabilities , people of color, women, etc.
Employment is the most important factor in the prevention of recidivism – people who have backgrounds need second chances; society needs them to get second chances
Hiring people with barriers is “the right thing to do” – how can you get them to consider the bottom line for the community and not just the business? The unemployment rate? Poverty?
Example: Safeway and Office Depot