Social value in recruitment throughout COVID-19
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Social value in recruitment throughout COVID-19

05 June 2020 By Jon Milton - Director at Comensura

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The Coronavirus pandemic is creating unprecedented changes in the UK and pandemic management has now become a fundamental part of any organisation’s continuity plans. Places of work, communication tools, job roles and working patterns are all set to change for thousands potentially even millions, of people.

But with change comes opportunity.

There is an Opportunity to deliver real social value for many that will need help in managing the transition, and an opportunity to support and revitalise local businesses and communities as well as driving positive change for the environment.

With many workers likely to be working from home on a permanent basis, either every day or for a significant part of the working week, there is a real opportunity to help increase demand for local business, stimulate inward investment and revitalise the local high street.

Home working also provides opportunities for those that may previously have struggled to work, given issues associated with travelling to and from the workplace. 

The lockdown has also shown that people can be redeployed in unfamiliar roles, without having to go through a major learning curve. With the pandemic likely to create excess capacity in the available workforce (at least in the immediate future), rebalancing supply against demand for skills is likely to become a far more viable option.

How can the public sector help to drive this change and realise social value? How can managed service providers like Comensura, and their suppliers help? We explored the opportunities to realise meaningful social value, and the practical measures that are available through working in partnership to deliver shared goals in YPO's latest recruitment webinar. 

Categories: Procurement , Public Sector

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