Where WorkLab and the Model are Making News

Cascade Engineering CEO: Why Engagement Matters to Company Culture

Posted on August 9, 2019

EHS Today

Christina Keller, CEO of Cascade Engineering, which manufactures large plastic injection moldings, certainly walks the talk.

The first thing you see on their website is “Business with a Different Mindset – through engineering, manufacturing and a meaningful culture, we’re devoted to making things better – people, planet and profit.”

Topics: barriers to employment, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, good jobs, employee retention

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Topics: barriers to employment, employee engagement, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, good jobs, employee retention

The Source Removes Barriers and Provides Support to Help Employees Thrive

Posted on June 3, 2019

Women's LifeStyle, Grand Rapid

In 2003, a group of employers got together to solve a problem they were facing across their companies; many of their employees were facing barriers that interfered with their employment. These seven companies formed The SOURCE, a nonprofit centered on providing services to employees of member companies in order to help them retain employment and advance their careers.

Topics: barriers to employment, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, workforce development

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Topics: barriers to employment, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, workforce development

Employers Develop Common Job App

Posted on April 26, 2019

Grand Rapids Business Journal


A local employee support organization and four employers have teamed to help job seekers save one of their most precious commodities: time.

Four West Michigan employers — Butterball Farms and Wolverine Coil Spring in Grand Rapids, Cascade Engineering in Cascade Township and Zeeland Lumber & Supply based in Zeeland — have created a common employment application by which job seekers can apply for open positions at any of the four employers.

Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, employers, workforce equality, diversity & inclusion, labor pipeline, workforce development, economic opportunity

Welcome to Life in America’s Child Care Deserts

Posted on April 13, 2018

Slate

Record-breaking waiting lists for child care nationwide are forcing families in some locations to plan a baby’s arrival around when a day care center in their area expects an opening.

Working parents from Berkeley, California, to Illinois to New York report calling scores of providers in vain. The shortage is so acute that child care researchers coined a new term for it. Inspired by the description of the absence of grocery stores in impoverished areas as food deserts, they dubbed these regions child care deserts.

Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention

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Topics: barriers to employment, childcare, labor pipeline, absenteeism, employee retention

Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity

Posted on June 15, 2017

Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation

Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director of The SOURCE, a WorkLab Founding Member, assisted racial justice nonprofit Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation with research for its latest report: Race-Explicit Strategies for Workforce Equity in Healthcare and IT. The report identifies barriers to equitable employment outcomes for workers of color, and outlines solutions through a systemic and outcome-oriented approach.

Topics: barriers to employment, workforce equality, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, economic opportunity

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Topics: barriers to employment, workforce equality, WorkLab leadership, workforce development, economic opportunity