Results and Best Practices

83065843Bridges for Business has helped many businesses across the country reduce turnover among entry-level workers, improve productivity, reduce workplace conflict, and improve ROI.

Our clients measure their results through qualitative and quantitative research methodologies—inventories, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, observational studies, exit studies—according to program needs. See information on the research methods and instruments used to assess implementation of the Bridges/Getting Ahead sustainability model by clicking a link below:

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Here are some sample results and best practices. Please note that many client initiatives are in the early stages and results are not yet available.

“Workplace Stability training shifts mindsets and provides strategies that are good for both employees and employers. Productivity and retention efforts benefit when we understand and communicate more effectively with those who are different from us. Using this information in training Employer Resource Network® members has proven to be a powerful tool, especially in taking the ‘blame’ off others’ challenges and moving to more of a mindset of working together to increase essential resources. This not only helps retain employees, but improves company culture and long-term profitability.”

–James Vander Hulst, Chief Disruptive Officer, ERN USA

Cincinnati Works

  • Putting thousands of people in poverty to work, keeping them employed, changing the local economy, improving lives—in a time when there is so much bad news out there, Cincinnati Works is a wonderful story of success and what individuals can do to effect change in great proportion. Here are a few results:
    • As of June 2012, Cincinnati Works had spent $9 million helping 4,000 people find work since its inception in 1996; in 2011, those individuals made $75 million in wages in Cincinnati.
    • The rate of retention of employees helped through the program is an exceptional 85%.
    • Cincinnati Works has saved businesses thousands of dollars in turnover costs, and it has saved public assistance programs millions of dollars.
    • Read more:

The Vermont State Council

  • The SHRM Vermont State Council received a 2008 Pinnacle Award, sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Automatic Data Processing (ADP) for its “Working Bridges Out of Poverty Project.” In conjunction with for-profit, nonprofit, and government agencies, the council delivered Working Bridges training to more than 250 human resources professionals and line managers on the workplace implications of economic diversity; implemented an emergency savings and loan program for employees of participating companies; housed worksite resource coordinators in companies to help employees find help with housing, child care, transportation, economic assistance, and other resources without having to leave work; and began discussions of how to encourage employees to use health and wellness strategies.

Cascade Engineering

  • Cascade Engineering’s welfare to work program—based on Bridges constructs and strategies—has dramatically reduced turnover in entry-level positions and, the Grand Rapids, Michigan, company estimates, saved millions of dollars in social costs. Results:
    • Cascade reduced turnover in its welfare-to-work program from 62% in 2000 to 3% in 2009.
    • Cascade slashed turnover costs from $3.6 million in 2000 to $493,000 in 2008, albeit with a smaller employee base.
    • Read more:

St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty

  • St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty, South Bend, Indiana, has launched an employer resource network, or ERN, in cooperation with Michiana Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). The purpose is to provide employers with support for their entry-level workers so that businesses cut costs from turnover and low-income workers retain their jobs.
  • Listen to the Teleconference: Employment Is the Bridge: Engaging the Business Sector to Transition People Out of Poverty with Bonnie Bazata and Jamie Murphy