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The Low Cost of Good Jobs

In MIT Sloan professor Zeynep Ton’s game-changing book, The Good Jobs Strategy: How the Smartest Companies Invest in Employees to Lower Costs & Boost Profits, she discusses how companies such as Costco offer good jobs to workers, low prices and excellent service to customers, and great returns to shareholders all at the same time. What makes good jobs not only possible but very profitable—even in low-cost service businesses—is a set of counterintuitive choices that transforms the company’s investment in workers into high performance. What are these choices? Offer less, combine standardization with empowerment, cross-train, and operate with slack. It’s a combination that lowers operating costs, increases worker productivity, and, as “The Good Jobs Strategy” shows over and over, puts workers — yes, even cashiers and stockroom workers—at the center of a company’s success. In this strategy, “everyone — employees, customers, and investors — wins.”

Join Ms. Ton and Mr. Richard Galanti, chief financial officer of Costco Wholesale Corporation, to explore how the strategy works in a company like Costco and the implications for creating better jobs in our economy.

 

Featured speakers

Susan Crane
Executive director at SkillUp Washington

Sally Clark
Councilmember, Seattle City Council

Zeynep Ton
Associate professor, MIT Sloan School of Business

Richard Galanti
Executive vice president, chief financial officer and director of Costco Wholesale Corporation

 

Moderator

Maureen Conway
Director, Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program

 

This event is part of the Working in America series.

Keep the conversation going on Twitter with the hashtag #talkgoodjobs.

Event information
Date
Fri Jun 13, 2014
3:30pm - 6:00pm
Location
Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (entrance to downstairs on Seneca St.)
Seattle, WA, United States