After the release of the latest U.S. jobs report, pundits, politicians, and journalists alike have been theorizing as to why the numbers were so disappointing. After all, across the country vaccination rates are trending up, lockdown restrictions are easing or lifting entirely, and businesses and offices are opening up.
Some believe workers are still hesitant to return to work due to the pandemic. Some blame what they deem as overgenerous unemployment payments. And others say it’s high time for companies to increase wages and provide better benefits (including childcare) to lure workers back.
At the top of our list below of must-read articles for talent professionals, The Washington Post offers another idea to explain the weaker-than-expected hiring numbers in April: “There is also growing evidence that a lot of people want to do something different with their lives than they did before the pandemic. The coronavirus outbreak has had a dramatic psychological effect on workers, and people are reassessing what they want to do and how they want to work, whether in an office, at home, or some hybrid combination.”
As recruiters and talent professionals speak with candidates, they need to take all of these possibilities into consideration — and weigh the possibility that this may be the ideal time to consider job seekers who would want to switch roles, industries, and how and where they work.
Check out the full article below, plus many more.
Here are the must-read articles for this week:
1. It’s Not a ‘Labor Shortage.’ It’s a Great Reassessment of Work in America (The Washington Post)
3. How to Hire Someone You’ve Never Met in Person (Harvard Business Review)
7. How to Develop Assessments That Will Help You Hire for Skills, Not Schools (LinkedIn Talent Blog)
8. The Professional Women Who Are Leaning Out (The Atlantic)
9. Employers, Prepare for a Wage Jolt (The Wall Street Journal)
10. How Looking Young Can Shape Your Career (BBC)