Improving Job Quality

With the goal of creating more good jobs, we’re helping businesses develop new practices and programs that improve working conditions and strengthen operations.

Building Better Jobs

A Good Job is a Competitive Advantage

As labor conditions tighten across the country and businesses develop new ways to recruit and retain talent, the National Fund and its partners believe a good job is a competitive advantage. Employers across its network of 7,500 businesses are developing or offering on-the-job training programs, tuition reimbursement, innovative hiring practices, career pathways, cross training, and upskilling programs to make their employees more productive and their companies more successful. The National Fund is working to document these successful models and support businesses in implementing them into their operations.

Growing Numbers of Good Jobs

The National Fund believes that creating and growing more good jobs is essential to providing individuals and families with the benefits of their labor, giving them the opportunity to a higher quality of life and building a prosperous future for all. A good job includes family-supporting wages, good benefits and, if desired, full-time, reliable hours. It provides opportunities for training, advancement, and participation in decision making. In addition, it requires good and fair supervision and linkages to public benefits. While ‘good jobs’ require additional supports, the National Fund is documenting how such practices reduce turnover and error costs, increases employee engagement and retention and ultimately improves a company’s operations and profitability.

Recognizing Outstanding Businesses and Practices

The National Fund showcases organizations that offer quality employment to all employees and work to make education, training, and advancement open across their organizations. Organizations that utilize innovative practices to hire, train, and retrain youth have been designated Young Adult Employer Champions and healthcare organizations that make lasting investments in their frontline staff have been recognized by CareerSTAT as Frontline Healthcare Worker Champions.

The National Fund’s Job Quality efforts are supported by the Hitachi Foundation and the Prudential Foundation.

Job Quality Resources

The National Fund is preparing a range of resources, case studies, publications and reports on the value of ‘job quality’ practices to workers, companies and communities. These resources are available to community leaders working with employers and business leaders interested in improving their competitiveness by investing in their workforce.

Job Quality Resource Center

Promoting Financial Wellness

In addition to addressing how jobs are designed, the National Fund is focusing on the financial health of employees and what companies can do to help employees become more financially stable. Since the Great Recession, the majority of Americans have struggled with financial basics including saving, building good credit, and covering everyday essentials.

Financial concerns among workers are affecting their productivity, their attention and their mental and physical health on the job. Nine out of ten private corporations believe employee personal finance issues are impacting their overall job performance and many employees report spending two to four hours each day on financial issues.

The National Fund is working with small and medium sized companies to research and promote solutions that businesses can use to boost their employees’ financial wellness and increase their productivity.