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

Are workers ready for skills training? The problem with seeking growth before stability.

Posted on March 21, 2019

Employers need a strong pool of available labor with the skills and knowledge to sustain and grow their business, adding more jobs to the economy. No arguments there. Foundations and community organizations want to see lower-wage workers get the qualifications they need for the kind of jobs that can support a middle-class family. Again, wholeheartedly agree.

To me, the question is, are we doing the hard work to meet these learners where they are so that we can achieve that vision of a strategically trained workforce? The people who are in most need of career training are often least able to take advantage of it.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, financial stability, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, financial stability, education & training, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, career training, economic opportunity

Thinking through Thought Diversity

Posted on February 28, 2019

What is the ultimate goal of diversity and inclusion work? Headlines are full of stories about underrepresentation and limited opportunity of women and minorities in the workplace. The #MeToo movement shed light on the ubiquity of the challenges working women face in every industry from tech to hospitality to manufacturing. The Black Lives Matter movement is bringing visibility to a breadth of issues for black men and women in America. Often the end goal is described as creating a more equitable society, where opportunity exists for all. But for employers, diversity goals need to be more concrete. As this field of practice has matured, they’ve started to see data around what works and what doesn’t.

Topics: workforce equality, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

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Topics: workforce equality, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, good jobs, employee retention, economic opportunity

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