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There are many essential business terms every good manager should know. Dislocated worker is one of them.
At first glance, though, you may conclude that the dislocated worker classification has to do with geography (like a foreign worker coming to the United States to find work). But the term actually has very little to do with location and more to do with why the worker is unemployed.
In this article, the management experts at Sling explain the dislocated worker category and help you see why it matters to your business.
The U.S. Department of Labor defines a dislocated worker (sometimes referred to as a displaced worker) as an individual who:
And the dislocated worker classification isn’t just reserved for the private sector. A dislocated worker can also be one who:
So, again, the “dislocated” part of the term has very little to do with location. In fact, you’ll find dislocated workers who have lived in the same place all their lives. What the term does tell you is that the individual has experienced job loss due to circumstances beyond their control.
There are many ways a person could become a dislocated worker. Here are some of the more common reasons.
A company may close its doors completely or move to a new location (e.g., a new country). In the process, the company has to lay off its employees.
Outsourcing jobs to other countries (while keeping the business open at its original location) is a common reason why employees are laid off and become dislocated.
A reduction in the demand for a specific product or service (or even an entire industry) can lead businesses to lay off employees in order to keep their doors open.
When companies merge, employees are often laid off to reduce the duplication of jobs in the new business.
More and more businesses are incorporating automation into their workflow and laying off employees as a result.
Even though there are myriad ways someone could become dislocated, there are two specific instances that don’t qualify. They are:
Neither of these circumstances would qualify someone as a dislocated worker.
Yes, by all means, tell an employee you are forced to lay off that they are now a dislocated worker. Why is that important?
Because many local, state, and federal government programs exist to provide monetary support while the dislocated worker looks for a new job. Some programs even place people in new jobs or help them get the training they need to move into a different career.
All it takes to qualify for these programs is that they didn’t quit their previous job, or that they weren’t terminated due to poor performance.
Telling your employees about these programs during the exit interview is a great way to make a difficult situation a little bit better.
Yes. It’s vital to discern for yourself during an interview why a potential employee left their previous job.
Some job seekers may list “dislocated worker” on their résumé without fully understanding the criteria. You need to ask the right questions to make sure the potential employee wasn’t terminated for poor performance and is now hiding behind this classification.
The best way to incorporate a once-dislocated worker is to use software like Sling that streamlines the scheduling and task-management process.
Sling combines the simplicity of a calendar view with the easy distribution of cloud-based technology. You can manage multiple locations from one office (or on the go) and provide employees with access to schedules and tools that will help them perform their jobs better.
To make your workday even easier, Sling provides more features, including:
And because Sling is based in the cloud, you and your employees can access all the features anywhere, anytime on an iOS, Android, or Windows device. Try Sling for free today to find out how much easier your job can with the right tool.
For more resources to help you manage your business better, organize and schedule your team, and track and calculate labor costs, visit GetSling.com today.
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