Who is hiring essential workers right now? As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unravel, the US jobless claim numbers continue to climb as well. During the week of March 14, claims climbed from 70,000 to 281,000. Whether it be temporary or permanent layoffs, economic uncertainty is affecting many working Americans. How will I get my next paycheck? How will I be able to provide shelter and food? What will happen to my family? Luckily enough, other industries and businesses are still keeping their doors open. Here is a list of essential businesses that will remain open and hiring:

Major Supermarkets and Retailers

Essential workers are needed in stores, manufacturing plants, and distribution centers. Walmart, the largest private employer in the US plans to hire 150,000 new employees during this difficult time. These roles will be assigned to physical stores, distribution centers, and fulfillment centers. Although these roles may be temporary, they can be permanent over time. The rising need for manpower is evident as they have cut down the hiring time from 2 weeks to 24 hours. The supermarket giant, Kroger, who owns Ralphs, Food4Less, and many more is adding 10,000 employees to their workforce. The convenience store chain 7-eleven announced as well that they will be hiring 20,000 new employees in its stores.

Shipping and Delivery Service

To deal with the surge in online orders and delivery, Amazon is set to hire 100,000 workers. New employees will also enjoy a $2 increase to its usual $15 per hour minimum wage. With dine-in options prohibited, the majority of the restaurants are turning to order pick-up or delivery to keep their businesses afloat. Meal delivery platforms such as Grubhub and DoorDash are hiring right now. Both platforms have contactless delivery options to keep drivers and customers safe. The grocery delivery platform Instacart relies on independent contractors to act as shoppers and deliver groceries to the platform’s customers. Last week, they saw the highest customer demand in its history. Instacart currently has the most shoppers they have ever had and they are accepting more applicants to meet the demand.

Finding Essential Workers through Staffing Agencies

A majority of the essential businesses still hiring need to fill positions for both physical stores and manufacturing facilities. Indeed also reported that job postings for warehouse workers, forklift drivers, and stockers are up by 6%.

Best Hiring and Onboarding Practices

As the demand increases for more manpower to fulfill orders and keep society functioning, application processes are continuing to be expedited. Walmart, which normally has a 2-week application cycle, is cutting down the process to 24 hours. However, it doesn’t matter how quickly a task can be done if it is not done right. There are many essential things that hiring managers cannot miss during the application and onboarding process. Here are two essential practices to keep in mind:

Quick Turnaround

As companies continue to navigate through the crisis, time is gold. Retailers and supermarkets are racing to fulfill orders and stock up their inventory. Jobless workers are scrambling to find work so they can put food on the table or a roof over their heads. An efficient and quick onboarding process is always important, especially now. However, it’s still important to retrieve the right information and legal documents from new workers because the pandemic does not exempt employers from fines resulting from misclassification or the lack of employment authorization.

WurkNow’s Workforce technology has allowed the recruitment and onboarding process to be expedited with a mobile-friendly application process and pre-populated forms. Important legal forms such as the W2 and I-9 can also be accomplished using the app.

Secure Processes

Depending on your company’s existing policy or changes based on new mandates by law, your employee’s health and wellness benefits are most likely to change. Amazon is giving warehouse workers a temporary overtime pay raise while Target has given their employees a $2 an hour wage increase. Despite the quick changes being made, legal documents must be kept secure to avoid disputes in the future.

Keeping documents and data in one centralized document management system is essential. This ensures that all sensitive and confidential employee data is stored safely and easily retrieved when needed.

The Silver Lining

In just a span of a few months, the global pandemic has wreaked havoc across continents. Devastating not only our nation’s healthcare system but its economic system as well. Despite job insecurity, there is still a glimmer of hope for everyone. Business owners are stepping up to prioritize their workers’ safety, people are staying home to curb the infection, and industries are leaving their doors open to accommodate the jobless. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was passed by the Senate also helps to secure the future of many small businesses. The plan will support businesses like yours by providing a $350 billion forgivable loan program to ensure that employees are not laid off, a 50% refundable payroll tax credit on worker wages, a delay in employer payroll taxes for Social Security until 2022, and much more. A new beginning awaits on the horizon and we must all help each other trudge along until it comes.

 

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