WorkLab Network Blog

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

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

Rethinking the Company Loyalty Concept

Posted on January 10, 2019

Loyalty. We hear the word often, particularly in the context of brand loyalty. Airlines have mileage programs for frequent fliers, stores have member discounts for frequent buyers. Companies are trying hard to attract and maintain loyal customers.

Topics: labor pipeline, absenteeism, impact investing, workforce development, employee retention, career training

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Topics: labor pipeline, absenteeism, impact investing, workforce development, employee retention, career training

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

Creating a Community Win-Win-Win-Win Through Collaboration

Posted on November 15, 2017

Child care. Elder care. Paying the bills. Health problems. Depression. Substance abuse. Family issues. Divorce. These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cataloging the myriad of issues that today’s workers face—issues that may occur outside the workplace but, inevitably, affect on-the-job performance, productivity and tenure.

Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, employee retention

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Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model, employee engagement, employee retention