Finding a job is not easy these days for anyone. Unemployment Rate in the United States remained unchanged at 5.10 percent in September from 5.10 percent in August of 2015.
However, The Department of Labor reports that the unemployment rate for post 9/11 veterans is almost 2 percentage points higher than the national rate. Most of them will struggle to find a job. The veterans living in high unemployment areas will probably have to relocate leaving their homes and friends behind. The situation could be really hard for those who suffered injuries and are in a wheelchair. The very idea of being dependent on others till the end of their lives may discourage many. All of them have risked their lives protecting others and deserve a much better fate.
On the other hand, the businesses are still recovering from the financial crisis. Employing people with disabilities is associated with extra expenses to make the office space accessible for people less able to move. Additional efforts are required in order to integrate people with disabilities in the fast paced office environment as they simply can’t run down the stairs to bring the urgent report or speed from one meeting room to another.
Obviously there is a huge gap to be bridged. A working solution requires the interests of veterans, people with disabilities and employers to be met at the same time. Finding such a solution is not easy at all, and to be honest I have never tried to find it, a possible solution somehow crossed my path instead.
A year ago I had the privilege to be involved in a business transformation project. The business climate is changing rapidly and the businesses have no other choice than to adapt and transform in order to remain competitive. Along with the tremendous positive results, there is a side effect — lots of people lose their jobs. Many of them are in their 50s and 60s, live in small cities, have mortgages and it is extremely hard for them to relocate in a search for a job. When meeting with people who were about to lose their jobs, I found myself asking the same question ‘’What if they do not need to relocate? What if their next job is a click away?’’
I tried to arrange remote jobs for a few people as all they needed was access to Internet. It worked brilliantly and I slowly started thinking who else can benefit from working remotely. In my friends circle, there are people in a wheelchair who survived a car accident, single parents, and parents of children with special needs. They all were excited to hear that it might be possible for them to work remotely without commuting. That’s how it all started. We decided to develop a platform which will help socially responsible employers to create remote jobs for those who have no other choice than working remotely or prefer to work remotely.
Then, speaking with the employers, it appeared that Transformify Platform may serve one more purpose and help bridge the skills gap. It is much easier to create jobs if the employers have information about the existing skills of the people looking for a job. Also, it is really important for the people looking for a job to know what the skills the employers look for are, so they can develop them. It appeared as a goal hard to achieve at first, but in fact, it is just a matter of communication as the platform gathers the information both parties need. Now the Blogger’S Island is open to everyone who wants to share experience, helpful tips and guidance, and information about the existing skills of our members is available to the employers who need it.
The remote work may not solve the problem in its entirety, but is a step in the right direction. In addition to the positive impact on veteran unemployment, it may also:
- Help people in a disadvantaged position to make a living
- Lower unemployment in areas with high unemployment rates
- Help manage immigration, as unemployment is one of its main drivers
- Help manage the balance between overcrowded cities and abandoned rural areas
- Curb the CO2 emissions related to daily commuting in/out/inside overcrowded cities
This post appeared also here.