HRE’s number of the day: Finding work

Here’s how many days it took for a group of employers to come together and create a platform to help get the unemployed back to work.
By: | April 15, 2020 • 2 min read
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It took just 14 business days for a new B2B employment platform to go from idea to fruition and help get people to work.

The groundwork for the People+Work Connect site, which launched Tuesday, was laid at a virtual CHRO platform hosted by Accenture at the end of March. From there, CHROs of Accenture, Lincoln Financial Group, ServiceNow and Verizon came together to strategize for a way to connect employers urgently looking for talent with those that are having to lay off or furlough workers in light of the pandemic.


The free platform enables those with more than 100 affected jobs—either that need to be filled or that have been eliminated—to connect with HR professionals at other partner companies.

The site was designed pro bono by Accenture. Initial participating companies include: ADM, Baxter, Blue Apron, Cargill, Frito-Lay, Lincoln Financial Group, Marriott, Mondelēz International, Nordstrom, ServiceNow, Walmart and Zenefits. An additional 250 companies will be onboarded into the platform in the next week, and public-sector jobs will also soon be added.

Accenture CHRO Ellyn Shook said the initiative also has benefitted from the support of resources like the Business Roundtable, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies in the ILR School at Cornell University, Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business, Gallup and its CHRO Roundtable, HR Policy Association, Institute for Corporate Productivity, National Academy of Human Resources, Society for Human Resource Management and World50.

“We went from idea to launch with the support of a terrific set of leading companies,” Shook said. “I’m extremely confident in the lasting impact we’ll make together as a result of this effort.”

Jen Colletta is managing editor at HRE. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees in writing from La Salle University in Philadelphia and spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor before joining HRE. She can be reached at

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