Accenture, Verizon and other cos build hiring platform to connect businesses

Anticipating job losses due to Covid-19 pandemic, Accenture, Lincoln Financial Group, ServiceNow and Verizon came together to build an employer-to-employer platform called People + Work Connect, which brings together companies laying off people with those companies in urgent need of workers.

To date, participating companies include ADM, Baxter, Blue Apron, Cargill, Frito-Lay, Lincoln Financial Group, Marriott, Mondelēz International, Nordstrom, ServiceNow, Walmart, and Zenefits. Additionally, more than 250 companies are expected to onboard over the next week, and the platform will soon add public sector jobs.

The platform is applicable to all countries, including India.

There is no cost for employers to join and participate. The platform helps companies to rapidly share the experience and skills of their laid-off or furloughed workforces to connect at no cost with other companies on the platform that are seeking workers.

The platform is global and cross-industry to maximize the ability to deploy people with similar skills in one industry into other industries where jobs are being created. The companies expect the platform will shorten the complex, often lengthy cycle of unemployment for people. The analytics-driven platform pools non-confidential and aggregated workforce information by categories such as location and experience.

“By providing real-time visibility into which companies need people and where People + Work Connect is designed to lessen the economic and societal impacts of the virus and help us work together to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of people,” said Ellyn Shook, Accenture’s chief leadership and human resources officer.

People + Work Connect was designed by CHROs from Accenture, Lincoln Financial Group, ServiceNow and Verizon—and Accenture built the platform.

“This crisis has created massive job loss and people need help finding work. By connecting companies that are hiring with a talented and available workforce, technology is truly acting in service of people,” said Pat Wadors, chief talent officer at ServiceNow.

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