Monday, July 12, 2010

Pre-emptive help for the unemployed

It’s gotten so bad that here in Phoenix we have a Rapid Response Team to zip in and tell soon to be laid-off workers how to cope.

This is a federally funded program.

Now the census workers are being laid off and this is coming into play.

The Rapid Response Team sometimes comes for a few hours, talks about unemployment insurance and leaves—or can come days at a time in places where people have worked for years and never planned to be laid off.

One worker tries to get the employees to think about what job would make them happier, not just which one they can get. “Your dreams are non-negotiable.”

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The good news? The Team is going to fewer AZ companies in 2010 than 2009.

Layoffs are still happening, but to a lesser degree.

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