The COVID-19 health crisis is posing unprecedented challenges to people and economies around the world. To limit the economic downturn and impact on people’s ability to earn a living, the labor market and all its stakeholders must quickly adjust to this new reality – a new normal where physical distancing and other strict measures will be integral to all workplace processes for a considerable time to come.
We believe urgent action is needed to be fully prepared to get people safely back to work when the moment is right. Timing this accurately is crucial for the economy. The right timing will differ per country and sector, and relies on learnings from the waves and stages of the pandemic across the world.
Unparalleled collaboration and coordination by diverse stakeholder groups, ranging from employers and governments to labor unions and institutes, is needed to prepare for the new normal in the workplace.
Given the sense of urgency, we have formed an HR services industry alliance. Together with the wider industry – as the world’s largest private sector employer and labor market expert – we endeavor to make a vital contribution to preparing for the new normal and getting people safely back to work and businesses and economies running again. In 2018 alone the industry placed nearly 60 million workers in jobs across dozens of countries and sectors. We stand ready to bring that expertise and experience to bear as economies re-open for business.