Many governments have focused on providing special unemployment benefits to laid-off workers. However, few programs have tried to train and entice workers to switch over to understaffed sectors of the economy. To be sure, this approach is not a magic bullet — in the past months, consumer demand has dropped dramatically, meaning that some reductions in the workforce were inevitable, making unemployment assistance a necessity. Nonetheless, there has been a missed opportunity to help rebalance demand and supply for labor at a critical time, which could soften the blow for many workers. To correct this imbalance, we need mechanisms to assess missing skillsets quickly and rapidly retrain laid-off workers. Doing so requires speedy and seamless collaboration across different sectors, as this crisis cannot be dealt with either by the private sector or by governmental agencies alone.

SOURCE: Harvard Business Review

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