Where WorkLab and the Model are Making News

Sustainable Workforce Model launches in Omaha following successful pilot program

Posted on May 1, 2019

We're thrilled to announce the launch of a new Sustainable Workforce Model program, expanding access to Resource Navigators in Omaha, Nebraska. The Greater Omaha WorkLab (GrOW) is now offering our unique model of frontline worker support to Omaha-area employers looking to support, engage, and retain their employees.The program is launching within the Greater Omaha Chamber with a three-year grant from Lozier Corporation.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, resource navigator, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, community development, workforce development, good jobs

WorkLab 2018—Our Year In Numbers

Posted on March 19, 2019

In 2018, WorkLab expanded its network of members operating the Sustainable Workforce Model to 10 cities across the US. 60,000 workers can now access a Resource Navigator. Navigators help employees address work and life challenges to stay present and productive at work.

Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: scaling the Model, innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union supports Working Bridges tax preparation program

Posted on February 28, 2019

NorthCountry Federal Credit Union recently presented $10,000 to the United Way of Northwest Vermont’s Working Bridges Mobile Tax Preparation program. Working Bridges provides free tax assistance for low-to-moderate wage earners at their place of work in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, and the Vermont State Tax Department. Working Bridges strategies also include onsite resource coordination, income advance loans, and financial education and coaching.

Topics: resource navigator, workforce support, community development

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Topics: resource navigator, workforce support, community development

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

Posted on October 25, 2018

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.

Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

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Topics: sustainable workforce model, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs, economic opportunity

Operator Sees 5% Retention Increase through Multifaceted Approach to Workforce Issues

Posted on June 27, 2018

By McKnight's Senior Living

Recruiting and retaining employees is a challenge across all of senior living and post-acute care. One operator based in Colorado, where a 2.8% unemployment rate makes competition for high-quality workers especially great, is taking a multifaceted approach to address workforce issues.

Denver-based not-for-profit Christian Living Communities has rolled out several programs that the operator says already have resulted in a 5% increase in retention in the first quarter of 2018 compared with the turnover rate in 2017.

Topics: innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, good jobs, case studies, employee retention

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Topics: innovative workplace benefits, workforce support, good jobs, case studies, employee retention

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

WorkLab Innovations Receives Kellogg Grant to Expand Sustainable Workforce Model

Posted on December 7, 2017

WorkLab Innovations, LLC has received a $775,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to replicate its Sustainable Workforce Model in three major U.S. cities. Through the grant, the national nonprofit will leverage its successes in its founding member sites to implement its groundbreaking program in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Detroit.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, community development, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

Work-Life Navigation Goes National

Posted on March 27, 2017

The Rockefeller Foundation

We all try to bring our best selves to work every day, but sometimes life gets in the way. For those of us fortunate enough to have access to networks and resources, “life” can often be easily managed with a few phone calls or transactions. For the 42 percent of the workforce making less than $15 per hour, a broken down car, snow day from your kids’ school, or health emergency can mean lost wages or even a lost job, which further harms the individual, family, and employer.

Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs

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Topics: scaling the Model, sustainable workforce model, WorkLab investors, workforce support, impact investing, workforce development, good jobs