News from the WorkLab Network

The Evolution of Social Impact Investing

Posted on Jul 12, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Disruption is about challenging assumptions. It’s about questioning the things that are so established, they are no longer even discussed. Uber is a transportation company that owns no cars. IBM (International Business Machines) hasn’t sold hardware in over a decade. Innovation comes from thinking about old things in new ways.

Topics: workforce equality

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Topics: workforce equality

Now Hiring: Smiling Faces

Posted on Jul 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

There are over a million restaurants in the US, and over 14.7 million people working in the industry. As more Americans try to balance their busy lives, eating out has become the norm, making food service one of the fastest growing segments of the economy.

Topics: job quality

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Topics: job quality

Can Diversity Solve the Tech Talent Shortage?

Posted on Jun 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The technology industry has been living with a perpetual talent shortage for as long as anyone can remember. InteropITX is an annual conference that brings together resources from across the industry, from vendors to practitioners in every sector, and across all company sizes. It is one of the last remaining independent conferences (vendors are there, but the conference isn’t put on by one specific company).

Topics: diversity

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Topics: diversity

Too Elite to Compete

Posted on Jun 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

When Maria Nuñez went to the bank to apply for a home loan, she was nervous. Born in a tiny town in Puerto Rico, Maria had come to New York with her family as a teenager, eventually settling in New Jersey. Her parents had always been renters, but after a decade of steady work as a registered nurse, along with savings from her husband’s job as a welder, they had built up a nest egg and were ready to think about buying a house.

Topics: diversity

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Topics: diversity

Technology and Industry Growth Draw Focus at ATD Conference

Posted on Jun 12, 2018 11:30:00 AM

The line for the Monday morning keynote at ATD (the Association for Talent Development) International Conference and Expo stretched the full length of the San Diego convention center, wrapped around the entranceway twice, and extended down into the parking garage. Fortunately for all of the attendees, the weather was lovely, and while the wait was long, no one seemed to mind. Who can inspire ten thousand talent development professionals to wake up at 6AM to line up for one session? Barack Obama, that’s who.

Topics: Association for Talent Development

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Topics: Association for Talent Development

Working Distracted

Posted on Jun 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Alicia is trying to focus on her work. She is covering the second window at the fast-food restaurant where she has been working for the last three weeks. In this position she takes orders, collects money, and makes change. She’s seated in a small area to the side of the main kitchen, which gives her a little privacy. Her employer has a strict no texting rule, but glancing around to make sure she is not observed, she takes a second to tap out a quick message.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support

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