Where WorkLab and the Model are Making News

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

Developing local solutions to help low-income workers succeed

Posted on April 17, 2018

Colorado Springs Gazette

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. In today's changing economy, workers who have traditionally struggled to find well-paid, meaningful work need access to better opportunities. But to really expand economic opportunity for everyone, it's important to think beyond the simple metric of more jobs.

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

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

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

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

Workforce Connection Welcomes Gorilla Glue as Newest Employer Partner

Posted on January 25, 2018

Like many smart companies, Cincinnati-based Gorilla Glue pays very close attention to what their employees do on a daily basis. To be successful in the competitive manufacturing industry, the leadership team knows they need to have clear insight into how time is being spent and uncover opportunities to become more efficient. As they analyzed the data, a surprising statistic jumped off the page.

Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, good jobs

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Topics: employers, sustainable workforce model, workforce equality, innovative workplace benefits, good jobs

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