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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 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

Five Key Differences Between an EAP and a Resource Navigator

Posted on June 4, 2019

Resource Navigation is a new way for employers to support the unique needs of frontline workers. Resource Navigators work hand-in-hand with your employees to solve the challenges that impact their financial stability, connecting them to individualized community resources and providing ongoing support.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, 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

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

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

Making the Case to Employer Partners: A Relationship Sales Model

Posted on February 6, 2018

In 2009, an employee named Carla* walked into Jennifer Beckman’s HR office at KONG looking for advice about buying a wig. Recently diagnosed with cancer, Carla needed help with a variety of issues, from finding a doctor close to her home, to understanding the benefits she could access, to the issue of hair loss. English was not her first language, and she was struggling to navigate all the complex issues she faced, and find solutions while continuing to work, and care for herself and her family.

Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model

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Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model

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