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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

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

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

Posted on March 26, 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 March 12, 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 26, 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 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

Now Hiring: Smiling Faces

Posted on July 3, 2018

There are over a million restaurants in the US, and over 14.7 million people working in the industry. As more Americans try to balance their busy lives, eating out has become the norm, making food service one of the fastest growing segments of the economy.

Topics: good jobs

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Topics: good jobs