Alternative Education for High-Quality Careers

For decades, young people have been told that the only way to be successful is to get a bachelor’s degree, find an entry-level job, and climb the company ladder. Yet there are often large gaps between the broad academic knowledge…

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The Critical Role of Data in the Fight for Workforce Equity

You cannot address what is not named. At the National Fund, we are committed to naming and confronting systemic racial inequities that exist within our own organization, non-profit sector, and the broader workforce development system. Our work is rooted in…

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Trauma Goes Beyond Headlines

Developing trauma-informed workplaces Americans have grown all too accustomed to violence. Just in the last couple of weeks, we witnessed mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, where 10 Black people were targeted for their Blackness and murdered in their community’s…

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How to Make Returning to the Office Safe

Now that vaccines, test kits, and COVID-19 treatments are more readily available and COVID-19 variants are becoming less severe, people have begun the return to office and to normal operations as part of what many are calling a “post-pandemic” world.…

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Building Safety is Part of a High Quality Job

May is Building Safety Month, an excellent time to highlight that safety in the physical work environment is foundational to a good job, company success, and global sustainability. Building and workplace safety in the United States has been evolving since…

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What's the Real Jobs Story?

Reflections on the San Francisco Bay Area I just returned from a family spring break vacation in California. On our road trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco, we visited the Chinese American Museum and Japanese American National Museum, drove…

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Economic Recovery Depends on Child Care

Black and Latina entrepreneurs critical for a post-pandemic workforce The Great Recession has some people asking, “Where are the workers?” and others to quip, “No one wants to work anymore.” While the economy continues to pick up pace in a…

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Workers With Disabilities Are an Opportunity for Employers

As healthcare employers continue to struggle to fill high-demand positions, it’s critical for organizations to explore historically underutilized talent. For example, people with physical or developmental disabilities are too often excluded from the workforce. As a result, workplaces committed to…

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Workers Have Choices. Will They Choose You?

Whether it’s the “Great Resignation” or the “Great Reshuffling,” keeping your workers is more important than ever At the National Fund, we believe that a good job is a competitive advantage. And that has never been truer than during this…

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Recognizing and Reducing Stress in the Workplace

At the individual level, stress not only makes people feel fragile and overwhelmed, but also alone. This is especially true at work, where employees feel pressured to be productive and professional regardless of what’s happening in their personal lives. Now,…

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