WorkLab Network Blog

How Do You Value a Ping-Pong Table?

Posted on October 12, 2018

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

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

Posted on September 20, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Improving Outcomes Inspires Meaning at Work for Home Health Aides

Posted on August 9, 2018

Daria Mosel loves her job. 

“Every one of the people I care for has a story to tell,” says Daria. “Sometimes I’m the only person they get to talk to that day.”

Daria is a home health aide. She goes on a series of visits each day, changing bandages, checking on medications and making sure each one of the people she sees is doing well.

Topics: employee engagement

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Topics: employee engagement

Training and Development in Search of a Competitive Edge

Posted on August 3, 2018

$365 billion dollars. That’s how much organizations are spending worldwide on training and development. That number continues to grow each year as more organizations invest in learning solutions to improve performance, adapt to changing technologies and provide professional development opportunities for their teams.

Topics: employers

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Topics: employers

Good News, Bad News: The State of the Practice of D&I

Posted on July 26, 2018

In June of 2017, Google released their numbers on diversity for the fourth year running. They cited progress, talked about key initiatives that they felt were making a difference in changing the demographic makeup of their organization. They announced a new VP of Diversity. Just two months later, an engineer at Google published an essay, claiming (among other things) that there were biological differences between women and men that made women less successful in tech roles. The essay went viral, and Google found themselves on the front page again, for all the wrong reasons.

Topics: diversity

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Topics: diversity

The Evolution of Social Impact Investing

Posted on July 12, 2018

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