Magazine article Workforce

Hard-to-Hire Workers Excel

Magazine article Workforce

Hard-to-Hire Workers Excel

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Is it worth the effort-and the risk-to hire people who have been chronically unemployed? What about those who don't speak English, or who have physical or cognitive difficulties, or limited work skills? Francisco Orench, manufacturing manager at Gyrus Medical, an electro surgical-device company, says it's well worth the effort.

The firm, which is located in Maple Grove, Minnesota, reached out to a hard-to-hire pool of potentially valuable employees two years ago. With the help of job developer AccessAbility, Gyrus began by hiring an immigrant welfare recipient from Laos with limited work skills and little English for temporary assembly work. AccessAbility provided the training and screening.

For Gyrus, it was an opportunity to develop and train new employees and to gain a tax advantage through good corporate citizenship. The state extends tax benefits to employers that hire workers from welfare rolls, people who have few skills, limited language ability, or physical or mental difficulties.

That first experience went so well that the manufacturer continued its new hiring program. …

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