News from the WorkLab Network

One Year at WorkLab Innovations

Posted on May 21, 2018 2:12:17 PM

One year ago, when we launched WorkLab Innovations, we also embarked on an experiment in collaborative-led scaling. Our common goal: to significantly increase the number of frontline workers with access to employer-funded post-hire supports (and the positive impacts such supports have on life and work outcomes).

Topics: community development

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Topics: community development

The Surprising Cost of Low Wages

Posted on May 3, 2018 7:13:56 AM

It’s the first of the month, and Regina drops her $700 rent check in the mailbox. After paying for her housing, she has less than $100 in the bank to get her through the week until her next paycheck comes in. That money will need to cover food and gas for herself and her 10-year-old daughter Simone.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support

Aspen Job Quality Fellows

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 9:07:16 AM
In communities across the country, there are leaders innovating to address the challenge of job quality. To support these innovations and encourage more, the Aspen Institute  Economic Opportunities Program created a  Job Quality Fellowship that brings together innovators from differing lines of focus who are engaged in work that expands the availability of better quality jobs in our economy.
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Developing local solutions to help low-income workers succeed

Posted on Apr 17, 2018 2:36:26 PM

As published in the Colorado Springs Gazette on April 17, 2018: http://gazette.com/developing-local-solutions-to-help-low-income-workers-succeed/article/1624477

For some, the U.S. economy is humming along: unemployment is at its lowest level since before the Great Recession, wages are improving, and the economic expansion that began in 2009 is poised to become the second-longest period of economic growth in our nation's history.

At the same time, many others feel financial uncertainty. For them, the  American Dream remains far out of reach. They're unsure about where they fit into today's economy.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

Why McDonalds is Paying for their Employees to go to College

Posted on Apr 10, 2018 1:28:03 PM

In 2015, Seattle-based coffee house Starbucks made waves in the restaurant industry when they announced that they would be partnering with Arizona State University to fully fund tuition for their workers to pursue college degrees. What possible business sense could it make for a coffee company to pay for their associates to get an education that will ultimately encourage them to quit for a better job?

Topics: upskilling, employee engagement, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

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Topics: upskilling, employee engagement, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

What Keeps HR Pros up at Night?

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 9:50:36 AM

“My mom fires people.”

This is how eight-year-old Hannah Miller described her mother’s job to her third-grade class on career day.

“I was pretty mortified,” Jessica Miller told me later over coffee. “Of all the things I do on a daily basis, that’s the one that she picked as her lead.” 

Today’s HR pros are some of the busiest people in the organization. Regulations grow more complex, talent development is a top priority, and a tight job market means that it’s tougher than ever to find great people who are a good culture fit. There are so many things to think about, including:

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Association for Talent Development Conference - A Recap from Sessions Leader Katy Tynan

Posted on Mar 15, 2018 2:56:00 PM

I held a piece of wood steady while my team-mate (a woman I just met) tried banging the nail with her shoe. We were gathered in a corner of a room filled with people, all in groups of three, all trying to figure out how to suspend twelve nails on the head of a single nail, using nothing but a chunk of wood and our own ingenuity.

Topics: Katy Tynan, Association for Talent Development

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Topics: Katy Tynan, Association for Talent Development

Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director at The SOURCE, named Influential Woman

Posted on Mar 7, 2018 9:54:51 AM
The Grand Rapids Business Journal presented the "The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan" and Milinda Ysasi, Executive Director at The SOURCE -- one of WorkLab's Founding Members -- was named as one of those women. "Milinda is very insightful and works as a leader to bring social justice to our community in all she does," quotes the article.  Read more about Milinda's contributions to the community and to workforce development on page 38.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, workforce support, community development

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, workforce support, community development

Webinar Summary: Crafting Credit Union Partnerships that Benefit Frontline Workers

Posted on Feb 20, 2018 1:25:13 PM

When is a bank not a bank? No, it’s not the start of a riddle, it’s a question that financial institutions are considering as they think about their role in the community. Typically when we think about a bank’s relationship with individuals, we think about checking and savings accounts, debit cards, mortgages, and auto loans. All of these products were, at one point, innovative ideas that represented new ways for banks to serve their customers, and that innovation continues.

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Five Key Differences Between an EAP and a Resource Navigator

Posted on Feb 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The WorkLab Innovations Sustainable Workforce Model introduces a new role to support the needs of frontline workers: Resource Navigator. Helping employees connect to solutions to solve the challenges that impact their financial stability, the Resource Navigator is a critical part of the employee support system.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, selling the Model, EAP, resource navigator, success coach, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, selling the Model, EAP, resource navigator, success coach, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support