Now If We Can Just Fix Work–Need to Focus More on Making the Work Place Where Things Get Fixed; Now Growing Gap in Workers Do & How Paid.

WORK PRODUCTIVITY

SITUATION:
There is a growing gap between worker productivity and compensation
Work continues to ignore the role of systemic racism, pervasive sexism, & empowerment

SIGNIFICANCE
Declining worker power is influencing labor market outcomes
Accepts the persistent overrepresentation of women & workers of color in low quality work.
Deemed as a fair, market-determined outcome.

SOLUTIONS
The field needs a new mental model – one better aligned with labor market realities
Large majority of jobs – 70 percent – require only a high school degree or less.
And these are the jobs employers are currently struggling to fill.
Workforce development field needs strategies that reduce inequity & improve job quality.

Here Four Basic Ways to Fix Work—Now & When COVID is Conquered

Here are four steps the field can take

Develop a Solidarity Mindset
Identify New Levers and Partners
Use Data Differently
Connect the Dots between Workforce Development and Worker Protections

SOURCE:
Maureen Conway is a Vice President and Executive Director, Economic Opportunities Program at the Aspen Institute
Mary Alice McCarthy is the Director of the Center on Education and Labor at New America.
Alex Camardelle is the Director of Workforce Policy at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

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