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WAR-ON-POVERTY DEBATE IGNORES EMPLOYER ROLE

01.15.2014

Ellen Galinsky, president of Families and Work Institute writes:

When it is included, the private sector — the economy — is seen as locus of economic growth, providing jobs for low-income employee but the workplace itself is not depicted as an important player in reducing poverty. It is clear to me, from years of research on the low-income workforce that all four — governmental programs, the individual, the economy and the workplace — have to be seen as change engines.

It is the coworkers and supervisors who create an atmosphere of trust and respect in the workplace where low-income employees can prosper. It is the supervisors who provide specific help for low-income employees in succeeding on their job and who offer job assignments and training that enable low-income employees to learn, stretch and advance. It is the workplace policies or programs that enable low-income employees the flexibility to continue in school as well as to care for their families. It is the adequacy of employer-provided benefits.

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