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

Investing in Employee Wellbeing is a Growing Strategic Priority for Employers

Posted on June 18, 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 14, 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

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

Can the Right Employee Benefits Build Diversity?

Posted on February 19, 2019

We know that diversity brings both tangible benefits to the business, and also provides a positive impact for individuals, families, and the community. Among the ways that organizations typically pursue D&I is through the recruiting process, as well as in culture initiatives. Benefits are a key element of both of those processes and can have an impact on how the brand is perceived in the marketplace, as well as how employees relate to the organization.

Topics: barriers to employment, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

Ignoring Inequality is Leaving Money on the Table

Posted on February 7, 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

WorkLife Partnership’s Effort to Build a Child Care Community in Colorado

Posted on November 2, 2017

Child care has long been a significant barrier to long term employment for families with young children. Across the country, parents express worry and frustration that lack of affordable child care, as well as the low number of providers can necessitate leaving a job that sometimes is the only thing standing between stability and homelessness. Another consideration is families that invest in child care could qualify for up to a $3000 child care tax credit for one child or up to $6,000 for two children.5

Topics: barriers to employment

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Topics: barriers to employment