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Data Digest September 2019

Posted on September 17, 2019

In this month's Data Digest, we catch you up on the latest research by sharing the numbers that surprised us or stuck with us. We follow the national trends and capture the key findings to give you insight into your own workforce. This month: a milestone in healthcare costs, the value of flexibility, and big investments in worker skills.

Topics: workforce support

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You're Buying Employee Benefits, But Are You Selling Them?

Posted on August 13, 2019

Employee compensation is the single largest expense for many businesses, and a third of that cost goes to providing competitive employee benefits—on average, $11.55 per employee per hour.1 That cost makes sense when those benefits keep your employees stable and healthy or retain valuable talent. After all, benefits are the third-highest factor contributing to job satisfaction2—attractive benefits make people more likely to want to work for you, and more likely to stay with you. But are you getting what you think you’re paying for?

Topics: employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, employee retention

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Topics: employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, employee retention

Why Good Supervisors are Good Business

Posted on July 30, 2019

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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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

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

The Stablizing Potential of Payroll

Posted on May 21, 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

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

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

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

Posted on April 9, 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