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Workforce Pivot

Develop a platform for matching those facing no work (e.g. cinema staff) to new Covid-needed tasks.

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One easy platform that provides:

- a match of people seeking immediate work with areas in which people are desperately needed

- could be an individual or a manager with a whole team of people who cannot work at usual tasks but urgently want to be useful - imagine a manager at a Cinema nominates his entire team to be made available for elderly support / food packing and distribution

- incorporate a link to rapid training / videos of JTBD to enhance any new skills needed and build motivation for the role

- link to relevant agencies with a highly simplified process for admin behind the "pivot" - keep it simple and fast with low admin effort on the individual

What is the need are you focusing on?

Huge imbalance in workforce allocation - certain industries have no work, others are drowning in it. This can be best solved systematically than individually. 

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Rapid reallocation of labour from affected industries (no work) to those on the front line (not enough resources).

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Maybe-with additional support

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

Make sure affected communities have enough services available to them (elderly, sick) while at the same time keeping a sense of community and working together strong. Avoid the mental health issues of people forced into inactivity and meaningful work.

What is the name of your business or organization?


What is your profession?

Executive Director

Where are you located (country)?


Where are you located (region)?

  • Europe

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 250+

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Business

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Government

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

Could be done via IDEO Co-Lab potentially (consider this a sustainable, circular use of labour)

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

Governmental bureaucracy - involved in labour paperwork etc.


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