If a steady job is the most reliable step on the pathway to financial stability, then why do employers see high turnover in the ranks of their low-to-moderate wage workforce? Too often, barriers such as childcare, reliable transportation and acute need for emergency financial assistance get in the way of continuous employment and derail good employees.
After witnessing the success Chittenden County (VT) United Way and Burlington area businesses saw with their “Working Bridges” to address this issue, Granite United Way's Upper Valley region volunteers decided to bring it to their local community.
Simply stated, Working Bridges is an employer collaborative, convened by United Way, dedicated to improving workplace productivity, retention, advancement and financial stability for employees.
The focus of Working Bridges is business solutions ~ job retention and decreased absenteeism. The approach to financial stability includes a different kind of Three Rs ~ relationship, resources and job retention. Through shared resources, employers can minimize employment barriers for their low-to-moderate wage workers and maximize the supports employees need to be successful and improve their lives.
Working Bridges has been tested in Chittenden and Windham Counties in Vermont and proven to: reduce absenteeism, improve employee retention, increase productivity, and improve safety in the workplace.
Six local companies have collaborated with Granite United Way to make our Working Bridges initiative a reality. Thank you to Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Hypertherm, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Kendal at Hanover, King Arthur Flour and Simon Pearce.
To learn more about the Working Bridges initiative, contact Prudence Pease, Working Bridges Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.298.8499 ext. 102.