November 16, 2020
For nearly 75 years, Kelly has connected millions of people to meaningful work. However, far too many people in America – particularly underserved and vulnerable populations – continue facing unjust barriers that wrongly disqualify them from employment. These barriers – such as biases toward four-year degree requirements, not considering candidates with a criminal history, and many others, rob them of opportunity and upward mobility every day.
That’s why Kelly has launched Equity@Work – a bold platform squarely focused on knocking down these unjust – and rarely challenged – barriers so that we can help provide new pathways to meaningful and equitable work for more people across our great nation. We’re changing our own hiring practices and encouraging others to do the same. Together – with other employers, foundations and associations – we’ll address regulatory injustices, remove outdates biases and help more people reach their full potential.
We know change on this scale doesn’t happen overnight and it’s a paradigm shift for employers and workers alike. As part of our commitment to amplifying the conversation, Kelly is looking for the stories of people who have encountered these barriers, whether they’ve been able to overcome them or not. By putting real names and faces to the problem, we can mobilize more people to join us in the solution. To get a sense of our storytelling approach, check out Jordan’s story about overcoming a barrier due to neurodiversity, and David’s story about overcoming a barrier due to criminal history: https://www.kellyservices.com/global/about-us/company-information/equity-at-work/barrier-breaking-stories/
If you or someone you know is willing to share your story, Kelly is ready to listen. Specifically, we’re looking for people who have been denied access or advancement in a job opportunity due to:
• Lack of a 4-year college degree
• Criminal history
• Outdated legal protections for minority and diverse groups
By sharing your story, you can give voice to those who have been left behind and help employers see the value of changing outdated employment practices. Together we can turn an unfairly rigged employment system into one that is equitable for more people.
Submitted by Let’s Detroit Ambassador at Kelly Services, Jennifer Wright. Connect with her here.