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Helping Hourly Workers Climb the Ladder

On May 3, our board member Corporate Voices for Working Families, in collaboration with Working Mother Magazine, announced the 2011 Best Companies for Hourly Workers Award. These brand name companies engage and invest in their hourly employees through strategies including tuition reimbursement, flexibility, health insurance and child-care help.  You can read more about the winning companies in this blog post by Yvonne Siu, Manager of  Communications & Government Relations at Corporate Voices.

Corporate Voices' mission is all about helping organizations deploy employee- friendly policies that contribute to business success  - particularly among lower income hourly employees.  A  new research study from Corporate Voices for Working Families highlights the fact that employers that deeply engage in helping younger low-income employees continue their education, both by expanding workplace flexibility and other direct support for working students, can make significant contributions to positive outcomes for their young employees while meeting business needs.

“Our research report doesn't paint a picture of unmotivated youth,” Donna Klein, Executive Chair and CEO of Corporate Voices, said. “Rather, it paints a picture of young people who have impossibly difficult choices to make, choices between short-term survival and long-term earning potential. The key to helping them resolve that conflict is an evolved company culture that understands the critical role it plays in building the workforce on the future.”

The study concludes that from an employer's perspective, certain consistent  attributes of young, low-income employees stand out:

•    Young low-income employees have to work.
•    Young low-income employees who stay in school are more likely to complete school.
•    The work and school schedules of young low-income employees can conflict with one another.
•    Young low-income employees are more likely to stay in school if their employers offer workplace flexibility policies.

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