US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Companies wishing to get back to work soon began hiring people for positions that were previously impossible to imagine, Bloomberg writes. Now a library employee makes money by monitoring contacts of infected people, and a former special agent professionally measures the temperature of colleagues.
Companies seeking to return to normal work as soon as possible after the pandemic are coming up with new positions for people whose task will be to ensure the safety of other employees and customers, writes Bloomberg. The agency believes that the longer an effective vaccine or treatment is not available, the more relevant specialists will be.
Employees from almost all sectors of the US economy are looking for employees to take on new positions to protect against the virus, said Jeffrey Burnett, director of recruiting company Labor Finders. According to him, there was a demand for employees who are ready to monitor compliance with social distance at construction sites, to observe visitors to nursing homes or are able to install organic glass partitions in the office.
Work for a former special agent
One of the most popular tasks now is temperature measurement for employees, said Debra Torpe, general manager of the Kelly Services recruitment agency in America. According to her, the agency has already employed hundreds of people in the company for this role, who continued to work after the introduction of restrictive measures.
One of those who chose this job for himself was the 67-year-old Mark Scofield from Salt Lake City. Prior to retirement, he was a special agent for the US Air Force, and now works at the distribution center of the retail chain from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., earning $ 20 per hour. Scofield assures that “he has not been ill for many years” and is not afraid of the virus, despite his age.
Simone Williams works at a construction site – she is responsible for the health status of about a hundred workers. She not only measures their temperature and asks them questions about their well-being, but also makes sure that they wear masks and maintain a social distance. “I am a sociable person and I feel comfortable when I communicate with them. But when I tell people about what I’m doing, it makes me a little nervous, ”she admitted.
Another important area of activity is contact tracing, said Moody’s Analytics economist Dante DeAntonio, a specialist in the labor market. He noted that the demand for such specialists could provide the creation of 250,000 new jobs in the United States.
Lisa Fagundes worked as a librarian in San Francisco until she was sent on unpaid leave. Now it works 20 hours a week, tracking those who have contacted infected people and warning them of the need to go into self-isolation. Before going to a new job, Fagundes took a week-long online training course. The new profession is “very similar” to the work of a librarian, as she still needs to communicate a lot with people, Fagundes said. But she admits: telling people that they have been in contact with an infected person and might have become infected is often difficult.
The non-profit organization Battelle in Columbus, Ohio, is currently looking for 1,300 short-term employees – it has signed a six-month contract with the government to decontaminate used N95 respirators. Among those whom Battelle has already hired, is 18-year-old Megan Stein, who decided to earn extra money before the start of the school year in college. She has been working on disinfecting masks from midnight to noon seven days a week. Understanding that she is dealing with masks that could be worn by coronavirus infected, Stein calls it a “difficult sensation.” However, friends and relatives of her “very support” and “proud” of what she does, she assures.
“Ambassadors of distance”
The Coyle Hospitality Group usually hires so-called mystery shoppers under the contract, who value service at various companies. Now, she plans to hire several thousand “social distancing ambassadors,” said Jim Coyle, president of Coyle Hospitality. These employees will visit hotels, restaurants and other public places, assessing the level of compliance with safety standards. In particular, they will monitor whether the institution respects social distance and whether people wear masks.
Ways to return to work, involving the creation of new jobs, are also being considered by the largest companies in the world. Amazon, for example, plans to measure the temperature of employees and visitors in its offices and hires laboratory workers to conduct virus tests, Bloomberg reported. A JPMorgan bank may assign the duty of the elevators, which will push the buttons instead of visitors, indicating the agency. McDonald’s chain of fast food restaurants has already compiled a 59-page illustrated guide for those wishing to return to work. In particular, the company recommends appointing a separate employee who will be responsible for the devices with drinks.
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