How to rebuild and reimagine jobs amid the coronavirus crisis: TS Darbari Blog
TS Darbari says that COVID-19 is the most serious health crisis the world has experienced in a century—and it could also be one of the biggest destroyers of jobs in human history. That matters greatly: when people are stripped of their work, they suffer losses not just of income but also of dignity, meaning, and hope.
TS Darbari further adds that a lot of people have lost their jobs and businesses have gone through losses. Leaders in the public, private, and social sectors are already taking urgent steps to manage the fast-evolving crisis of jobs and work. But TS Darbari believes that there is room—and need—for greater focus, speed, boldness, and innovation in this effort.
TS Darbari suggests the following things:
Create a granular view of who needs help to keep their job—or find new work.
Countries, regions, and cities can quickly develop a granular view of where jobs are at risk and where there is additional demand for labor—by sector, occupation, demographics, and geography. That view needs to put special focus on small businesses and the most vulnerable workers, including those in the gig economy and the informal sector.
Build smart, cross-sector solutions to get that help to them fast.
With the surge of another COVID19 wave, now is the time, governments should find smart ways to maximize employment and protect against new infections, following global guidelines and those of their local public health agencies. Again, special focus will be needed on restarting and supporting small businesses, which account for the majority of jobs in most countries. At the same time, governments and businesses will need to create new mechanisms to help people whose jobs are at risk redeploy into occupations in which labor demand still outstrips supply—and rapidly build the skills needed for their new roles.
Building on these broad views of the sectors and occupations at risk, governments can develop a granular view of the jobs that are vulnerable, both by industry and service and by occupation.
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