The Unemployed Are Making More Money—How Do We Recruit Them?

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For organizations that are still operating or are reopening now or soon, many are facing the need to bring new employees onboard—either they are a business that is facing higher demand during the pandemic (such as grocery stores and food delivery services) or they are now able to reopen after being shut down for a while, and they need to bring furloughed employees back or hire more employees.

While recruiting in a time of high unemployment usually means employers get more responses to ads than they have time to sort through, this situation has a slightly different component: a federal bump to unemployment pay.

This means the current unemployment income might be higher than some individuals’ previous income. In this situation, some people might not be looking as seriously for work as they normally would after losing their job. This was, after all, part of the point of the extra unemployment income: to keep people at home instead of looking for work and potentially increasing the spread of the virus.

While most of these people still want gainful employment (after all, unemployment benefits are temporary), it makes it tougher to accept a role that will provide lower take-home pay than unemployment during this interim period.

It’s important to note that most will still take a job—it is, after all, the smarter long-term choice. It’s also important to note that, notwithstanding all of the above, in most places, it’s not legal to continue to collect unemployment while turning down legitimate opportunities for paid work; if an offer for work is made, unemployment eligibility usually ends.

Employees need to accept appropriate job offers, but employers may have a few hurdles they weren’t anticipating in the short term. For example:

  • Employers may not have as many applications as they anticipated given the current levels of unemployment.
  • Employers may have to offer a higher starting salary than before, despite high unemployment rates, because they’re competing with not only other employers but also higher unemployment benefits in the short term. Some employers are offering bonuses to combat this situation.
  • Employers may need to proactively tout their benefit package, which is a big selling point that unemployment income cannot compete with…

Source: HR Daily Advisor

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