WorkLab Network Blog

Data Digest Oct 2018

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The latest research offers valuable insights into building a stronger workforce for your company. This is what we learned when we read through the newest studies.

Topics: workforce support

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Expert Research Group Gains Insight on the Employer's Take on Workforce Support at The SOURCE

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The 2016 election led many of us to consider the challenges facing working class people in America, and the ways that they are being left behind in a growing economy. Aiming to find answers to some of these difficult questions, Opportunity America, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Brookings Institution convened a bipartisan working group of scholars and policy experts.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support

How to Talk to Your CFO About a New Benefit Idea

Posted on October 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Has this ever happened to you?

You went to a conference and spent two days being inspired by your peers and thought leaders in the field. You heard about hundreds of new ideas from flexible work arrangements to innovative diversity and inclusion strategies. Every session was interesting and thought provoking, and you returned to your desk energized and engaged. Of all the new information you heard, one idea stuck out, and you’re certain it would be a great benefit for employees and your organization.

Topics: innovative workplace benefits

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Topics: innovative workplace benefits

How Do You Value a Ping-Pong Table?

Posted on October 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM

It seems like every week brings us a new type of benefit, from ping pong tables to pet insurance. While these perks look great on the website, where do they fit in the context of the bottom line, and what do they really mean to workers? As the labor market gets tighter, benefits are often seen as differentiators in attracting and retaining talent. But when it comes to measuring value, things can get tricky.

Topics: innovative workplace benefits

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Topics: innovative workplace benefits

Second Cohort of WorkLab Members Launches with Learnings from Cohort One

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

This week’s gathering in Detroit, Michigan, epitomized the aim of the WorkLab Network: One year after launching their programs in the Sustainable Workforce Model, the first cohort of network members convened to share their discoveries, innovations and moments of failing forward with WorkLab’s newest members.

Topics: learning network

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Topics: learning network

The Power of Community in Creating Opportunity for Workers of All Abilities

Posted on September 20, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Jeff Southard knows about debt. Coming into the workforce after completing his bachelor’s degree in film production and following it up with a master's degree in theatre arts, he found himself in the position of having to take work, any work, to stay on top of his bills. While his dream job was broadcasting, he took what he thought would be a temporary role in financial education, leveraging his first-hand knowledge of budgeting, debt consolidation and money management to help others take control of their personal financial situations.

Topics: resource navigator, success coach

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Topics: resource navigator, success coach

Retail Businesses Thrive When They Unlock the Potential of Their Frontline Workers

Posted on September 13, 2018 at 11:00 AM

If you take a walk through Home Depot, you won’t get far without seeing someone in an orange apron. At Target, it’s a red t-shirt. Step into just about any retail establishment, and you’ll find people whose jobs include a key core competency: customer service. With over 14 million people working in the sector, it is a field that represents a substantial component of the US economy.

Topics: employee engagement

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Topics: employee engagement

Impact Denver Proves the Value of Upskill Services

Posted on September 7, 2018 at 1:00 PM

With record low unemployment in Colorado, employers are facing a shortage of middle-skilled workers. Yet only half of workers report that their companies provide upskilling and career development opportunities that meet employees’ needs for advancement. Through a partnership with Impact Denver, WorkLab member organization WorkLife Partnership set out to prove the need for Upskill services in the Denver market.

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Rockefeller Foundation’s Communities Thrive Challenge Looks to Bring Innovative Social Programs to Light

Posted on August 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM

In every community in America where workers are struggling to support their families, there are people working to help. These local, community-driven solutions are often creative, thoughtful and impactful—but often, they’re also underfunded and unknown.

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Data Digest

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Supporting your workforce so they can focus at work starts with understanding what's on their mind. We read through the research (so you don't have to), and we've got insights on where your employees are at right now.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support