WorkLab Workforce Blog

Keeping you informed of the latest trends in engagement, retention, and workforce support

Alyssa King

Communications Manager at WorkLab Innovations

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Data Digest September 2019

Posted on September 17, 2019

In this month's Data Digest, we catch you up on the latest research by sharing the numbers that surprised us or stuck with us. We follow the national trends and capture the key findings to give you insight into your own workforce. This month: a milestone in healthcare costs, the value of flexibility, and big investments in worker skills.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support

Is Your Corporate Social Responsibility Stuck in the Past?

Posted on August 27, 2019

In 2016, the number of women applying for jobs at Australian-based software company Atlassian stood at zero. Atlassian’s head of Diversity and Inclusion, Aubrey Blanche, knew that something had to change. Blanche, and others in D&I roles, know that there is two-way value in developing a diverse workforce. Research shows that gender diversity improves corporate performance as it creates opportunities for women, who are underrepresented in the tech industry.

Topics: workforce equality, diversity & inclusion

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Topics: workforce equality, diversity & inclusion

You're Buying Employee Benefits, But Are You Selling Them?

Posted on August 13, 2019

Employee compensation is the single largest expense for many businesses, and a third of that cost goes to providing competitive employee benefits—on average, $11.55 per employee per hour.1 That cost makes sense when those benefits keep your employees stable and healthy or retain valuable talent. After all, benefits are the third-highest factor contributing to job satisfaction2—attractive benefits make people more likely to want to work for you, and more likely to stay with you. But are you getting what you think you’re paying for?

Topics: employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, employee retention

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Topics: employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, employee retention

Investing in Employee Wellbeing is a Growing Strategic Priority for Employers

Posted on June 25, 2019

Study after study shows that frontline and middle-skill workers are struggling, stressed out, and distracted. HR departments are working overtime to find qualified applicants in a competitive market. Employers want to keep their dedicated employees, and they lose out when a worker stops showing up or needs to be let go. But if employees are dealing with huge challenges at home, they can't deliver their best at work. A rapidly growing cohort of employers have decided that the solution to help their employees stay on track is a wrap-around support service called Resource Navigation. This new class of employee benefit helps employees navigate life so they can thrive at work.

Topics: barriers to employment, scaling the Model, data & impact, sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

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Topics: barriers to employment, scaling the Model, data & impact, sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

The Stablizing Potential of Payroll

Posted on May 21, 2019

You’ve probably heard this statistic before: 40% of Americans don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency.1 That number is repeated so often because it reveals how precarious finances are for millions of Americans, even those that seem stable and self-sufficient. We all know these kinds of emergencies will happen—the car needs a water pump, or the dishwasher breaks, or a pet gets sick—but too often we aren’t prepared to handle it when it does.

Topics: barriers to employment, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, financial planning

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Topics: barriers to employment, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, financial planning

Helping Employees with Taxes Puts Money in their Pocket

Posted on May 7, 2019

Tax season can be one of the most stressful times for your employees—or it can be a major boost. It all depends what they owe, or what they receive. And while personal finances may be just that—personal—those worries don’t disappear when employees come to work.

Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, financial stability, good jobs

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Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, financial stability, good jobs

Data Digest April 2019

Posted on April 23, 2019

We love research. You probably do too—but it’s never easy to find time to read it all. That’s why we’re sharing the most compelling facts from the latest research. These numbers offer valuable insights into building a stronger workforce for your company and inform the way we plan for the #futureofwork.

Topics: barriers to employment, data & impact, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, caregiving

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Topics: barriers to employment, data & impact, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, caregiving

Ignoring Inequality is Leaving Money on the Table

Posted on February 12, 2019

Addressing systemic inequality is usually framed as a philanthropic endeavour. The idea is simple: those with significant resources generously give money for the sole benefit of the disadvantaged. But in reality, the economics tell a very different story. A 2018 report by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Altarum looked at the potential effect to the entire U.S. economy of eliminating racial disparities in health, incarceration, education, and employment.

Topics: barriers to employment, employee engagement, community development, diversity & inclusion, workforce development, good jobs, employee retention, career training, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, employee engagement, community development, diversity & inclusion, workforce development, good jobs, employee retention, career training, economic opportunity

Data Digest Oct 2018

Posted on November 6, 2018

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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Topics: workforce support

Impact Denver Proves the Value of Upskill Services

Posted on September 7, 2018

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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