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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 18, 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 May 28, 2019

The WorkLab Innovations Sustainable Workforce Model introduces a new role to support the needs of frontline workers: Resource Navigator. Helping employees connect to solutions and community resources to solve the challenges that impact their financial stability, the Resource Navigator is a critical part of the employee support system.

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

The Stablizing Potential of Payroll

Posted on May 14, 2019

You’ve probably heard this statistic before: 40% of Americans don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency.1 That number is repeated so often because it reveals how precarious finances are for millions of Americans, even those that seem stable and self-sufficient. We all know these kinds of emergencies will happen—the car needs a water pump, or the dishwasher breaks, or a pet gets sick—but too often we aren’t prepared to handle it when it does.

Topics: barriers to employment, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, financial planning

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Topics: barriers to employment, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, financial planning

Data Digest April 2019

Posted on April 23, 2019

We love research. You probably do too—but it’s never easy to find time to read it all. That’s why we’re sharing the most compelling facts from the latest research. These numbers offer valuable insights into building a stronger workforce for your company and inform the way we plan for the #futureofwork.

Topics: barriers to employment, data & impact, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, caregiving

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Topics: barriers to employment, data & impact, workforce support, diversity & inclusion, financial stability, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention, economic opportunity, caregiving

Helping Employees with Taxes Puts Money in their Pocket

Posted on April 9, 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 21, 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

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

Posted on March 7, 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

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

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

Posted on December 6, 2018

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.

Topics: workforce support

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Topics: workforce support