Almost every day we hear stories about unemployment. One of the discouraging issues with the unemployment problem is employers saying it is hard to find suitable workers. They say workers don’t have the right skills or they can’t find workers willing to do the job or, in one particular case, I heard a story about a business owner unable to hire new workers because applicants could not pass a drug test.
It seems somewhat difficult to understand why employers can’t find any suitable candidates given the number of people currently out of work and because of the assistance available to help with employers’ needs.
Community colleges are very willing to help with the technical skills issues. They can help with training and there are many grants or other assistance available to help with the costs. In addition, for the employer who couldn’t find people to pass a drug test, Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has the Drug-Free Workplace Program that can help with drug testing issues. This program also provides a premium discount to employers for implementing this program. This can help to offset any costs needed to establish a drug-free workplace. Our friends at the local One Stop have told us about training money they have available to help employers with training costs if they hire new workers.
In addition, small businesses can also receive assistance to help them with their special needs so they can continue to survive.
Those are just some of the examples of the assistance available to employers. There is a lot more help out there.
It’s disappointing to hear employers complaining about their hiring issues. So many times, there are complaints government doesn’t listen but when government does listen and tries to help, the help is ignored. We encourage employers everywhere to look into what is available. People are very willing to show them what they have to offer or work with employers on their specific needs.
CALMC is able to help, too. As a not-for-profit, we can provide low-cost services to help employers and employees identify ways to remain competitive. It doesn’t cost very much to get ideas from bringing everyone together to focus on a particular issue. It certainly can provide big payoffs!