Overcoming Uncommon Barriers to Workforce Entry: A Guide for Business Leaders

Understanding and addressing the less obvious barriers to workforce entry can lead to substantial cost savings, enhance your return on investment (ROI), and positively impact critical workforce metrics such as time-to-hire, quality of hire, and employee retention rates. This article explores practical, cost-effective solutions to these challenges, aimed at helping business leaders and talent acquisition professionals broaden their candidate pool and boost organizational performance. 

Embracing Non-Traditional Educational Paths 

Barrier: Relying solely on traditional college degrees can exclude candidates with skills acquired through alternative educational routes. 


  • Skills-First Hiring Approach: Transition to a skills-based hiring model that evaluates practical skills over formal education, thus widening your candidate pool. 
  • Collaborations with Educational Bootcamps or Programs: Forge connections with bootcamps and online educational platforms to tap into a reservoir of practically skilled professionals. 

Socioeconomic Barriers to Employment 

Barrier: Candidates from lower socioeconomic backgrounds might lack resources for higher education or unpaid internships, crucial for career progression. 


  • Sponsored Training Opportunities: Implementing paid internships and apprenticeship programs ensures inclusivity and accessibility for all socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • Educational Scholarships: Offer scholarships for professional training and certification programs to help level the playing field. 

Navigating Cultural and Linguistic Diversity 

Barrier: Cultural and linguistic differences can create significant challenges in integrating diverse talents into the workforce. 


  • Inclusive Culture Training: Develop comprehensive training that promotes cultural understanding and inclusion within your team. 
  • Language Assistance Programs: Provide language training and support to help non-native speakers integrate more effectively into the workplace. 

Improving Disability Access 

Barrier: Inadequate physical and digital accessibility can often deter qualified individuals with disabilities from applying. 


  • Workplace Accessibility Reviews: Conduct thorough audits of your physical and digital environments to ensure they are accessible and add accommodation features or processes as needed. 
  • Adaptable Working Conditions: Offer flexible working conditions that cater to various needs, promoting a culture of inclusivity. 

Addressing these less commonly recognized barriers to workforce entry not only broadens your hiring pool but also cultivates a more diverse and dynamic workplace environment. 

 For businesses aiming to lead in today’s global market, adopting these inclusive hiring practices is crucial. These strategies not only enhance your company’s talent acquisition efforts but also build a resilient, innovative, and inclusive workplace culture. 

Geographic Limitations in Hiring 

Barrier: Geographic constraints often hinder access to talented individuals residing outside major urban hubs. 


  • Remote Work Models: By integrating remote work into your business model, you can access a wider talent pool while reducing costs on physical office spaces. 
  • Relocation Support: Offering relocation assistance can make positions in less accessible areas more attractive to potential candidates. 

Join Our Webinar on Inclusive Hiring Practices 

Are you interested in further exploring how to break down barriers to workforce entry, especially for re-entry citizens? Register for our upcoming webinar, “Breaking Barriers to Workforce Entry” on May 14th, 2024, at 2:00 PM EST. This session will delve into how hiring re-entry citizens can contribute to a $20,000 estimated impact and real-world examples of how inclusive hiring practices can transform your business and community. 

Register now to secure your spot and discover how embracing a diverse workforce can drive significant economic and social benefits. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to be a part of this transformative discussion! 

About EG Workforce Solutions  

We’ve been in this business for decades and have developed a deep network of professional connections. Whether they’re companies looking for talent, job seekers looking for work, or an up-and-coming store in need of some temporary help, we know the right people to bridge the gap between the hiring and the hired.  

But what’s more, we get to know people. From employers hiring to candidates looking, we take the time to listen and learn. We hear your likes, talents, and needs. We gain an understanding, and with it, we’re able to facilitate lasting relationships between businesses and people. 

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