WorkLab Network Blog

How Not to Make the Holidays the Season of Stress for Your Employees

Posted on December 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM

It’s the holidays again! That time of year when we eat, drink, and make merry with friends and family, with home cooked meals and exchanges of gifts. At least, that's the image in our heads—but for low wage workers, this time of the year is not just parties and presents. It can be a stressful time.

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Why Good Supervisors are Good Business

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM

From the cashier at the checkout of Target to the home health aid checking in on a patient after surgery, frontline workers are the face of many organizations from retail to healthcare to food service. In the best cases, when frontline workers are engaged, supported with the tools they need to be successful, and well-trained, they are invaluable ambassadors. They can create strong bonds with customers, predict issues that could affect the customer experience, and provide value in a wide variety of ways. Unfortunately, many frontline workers are not so engaged – an issue that often has its roots in poor management.

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Data Digest Oct 2018

Posted on November 6, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The latest research offers valuable insights into building a stronger workforce for your company. This is what we learned when we read through the newest studies.

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Expert Research Group Gains Insight on the Employer's Take on Workforce Support at The SOURCE

Posted on October 25, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The 2016 election led many of us to consider the challenges facing working class people in America, and the ways that they are being left behind in a growing economy. Aiming to find answers to some of these difficult questions, Opportunity America, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Brookings Institution convened a bipartisan working group of scholars and policy experts.

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Data Digest

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Supporting your workforce so they can focus at work starts with understanding what's on their mind. We read through the research (so you don't have to), and we've got insights on where your employees are at right now.

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Working Distracted

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Alicia is trying to focus on her work. She is covering the second window at the fast-food restaurant where she has been working for the last three weeks. In this position she takes orders, collects money, and makes change. She’s seated in a small area to the side of the main kitchen, which gives her a little privacy. Her employer has a strict no texting rule, but glancing around to make sure she is not observed, she takes a second to tap out a quick message.

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The Surprising Cost of Low Wages

Posted on May 3, 2018 at 7:13 AM

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.

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Developing local solutions to help low-income workers succeed

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 2:36 PM

As published in the Colorado Springs Gazette on April 17, 2018: http://gazette.com/developing-local-solutions-to-help-low-income-workers-succeed/article/1624477

For some, the U.S. economy is humming along: unemployment is at its lowest level since before the Great Recession, wages are improving, and the economic expansion that began in 2009 is poised to become the second-longest period of economic growth in our nation's history.

At the same time, many others feel financial uncertainty. For them, the  American Dream remains far out of reach. They're unsure about where they fit into today's economy.

Topics: workforce support, innovative workplace benefits, workforce equality, sustainable workforce model

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Topics: workforce support, innovative workplace benefits, workforce equality, sustainable workforce model

Why McDonalds is Paying for their Employees to go to College

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 1:28 PM

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: workforce support, innovative workplace benefits, upskilling, workforce equality, employee engagement

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Topics: workforce support, innovative workplace benefits, upskilling, workforce equality, employee engagement

Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director at The SOURCE, named Influential Woman

Posted on March 7, 2018 at 9:54 AM
The Grand Rapids Business Journal presented the "The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan" and Milinda Ysasi, Executive Director at The SOURCE -- one of WorkLab's Founding Members -- was named as one of those women. "Milinda is very insightful and works as a leader to bring social justice to our community in all she does," quotes the article.  Read more about Milinda's contributions to the community and to workforce development on page 38.

Topics: workforce support, community development, workforce equality, sustainable workforce model

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Topics: workforce support, community development, workforce equality, sustainable workforce model