Global economic dynamics and technological changes have prompted many businesses to move toward flexible employer-employee relationships, shifting from away from conventional 40-hour-a-week jobs with standard benefits packages. These new relationships have important benefits for both businesses and employers, but they come with challenges because our public safety net is often designed around traditional full-time work at a single, primary employer. As a result, a growing of number of workers and their families are falling through the cracks.
Despite this new and challenging environment, many businesses pride themselves on their strong supportive culture and are experimenting with innovative ways to hire and retain a strong, engaged workforce, whether it be with innovative health and wellness programs, tuition reimbursement, language training, flexible scheduling, or customizable employee assistance programs.
How can the future of work support the financial security of all workers? Researchers, practitioners, and employers will discuss insights on the changing nature of the workforce and strategies for making sure employees find work to be a source of financial security, dignity, and upward mobility.