5 Questions on the Future Workforce Management – Interview in Workforce.com
To Ravin Jesuthasan, continued high unemployment in America isn’t just about tough times for jobless workers. Jesuthasan, global practice leader for talent management at consulting firm Towers Watson & Co., says it’s also about bias and missed business opportunities.
Workforce Management: Are companies dismissing the unemployed in their hiring decisions?
Ravin Jesuthasan: There’s this belief that there’s all this talent out there given our [9.2 percent] unemployment rate, and that we can get world-class talent for any position. Unfortunately, the best person, in the minds of many organizations means someone who is still employed. There is a belief that anyone who has been laid off, for whatever reason, is not of the caliber of the talent that is still working—which is a real myth.