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

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

The Surprising Cost of Low Wages

Posted on July 9, 2019

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. She's worried about money all of the time.

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

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

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

Why McDonald's is Paying for their Employees to go to College

Posted on April 9, 2019

In 2015, Seattle-based coffee house Starbucks made waves in the restaurant industry when they announced that they would be partnering with Arizona State University to fully fund tuition for their workers to pursue college degrees. What possible business sense could it make for a coffee company to pay for their associates to get an education that will ultimately encourage them to quit for a better job?

Topics: employee engagement, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, education & training

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Topics: employee engagement, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, education & training

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

Stemming the Rising Tide of Workplace Stress

Posted on January 22, 2019

Work is hard, that’s why they pay you to do it.

Most of us have heard this idea, or some variation of it, throughout our working lives. But what happens when work is more than just hard?

Topics: employee engagement, good jobs, employee retention

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Topics: employee engagement, good jobs, employee retention

Playing for Keeps: Strategies that Benefit Business and Workers

Posted on November 15, 2018

When the competition for talent is fierce and monopolizes headlines in business publications, it sends a signal to employers to think through current workplace policies and practices to ensure they are competitive—that they are attracting the talent that best aligns with their workforce needs.

Topics: employers, employee engagement, employee retention

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Topics: employers, employee engagement, employee retention

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

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