Employment and Jobs

Job Quality Can’t Wait: An Introduction to the Job Quality Tools Library

February 18, 2021  • Maureen Conway, Jenny Weissbourd, Economic Opportunities Program & Coalition on Adult Basic Education

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, over half of respondents to a national Gallup poll reported not having a quality job, and respondents’ job quality had a strong influence on their quality of life. Decades of stagnant wages, eroding benefits, and declining employment security have left millions of Americans in unstable jobs. Structural inequality has placed a disproportionate burden on workers of color and women, and in turn the economic fragility of these workers’ households has left them bearing overwhelming burdens in the midst of our current health and economic crises. Organizations that educate workers and refer them to jobs are looking for new tools, approaches, and connections as they seek to address the growing challenge of job quality.

The Economic Opportunities Program developed the Job Quality Tools Library to provide actionable tools to help leaders adopt practices to strengthen job quality in their own organizations, in the businesses they work with, and in local labor markets. In this session, Maureen Conway and Jenny Weissbourd introduce the library, including sharing why and how EOP developed it, explaining how to navigate it, and providing guidance about how to use it in your work to strengthen jobs and racial equity for adult learners. The discussion focuses on tools and approaches that you can put to work immediately as you respond to the current crisis.

We are grateful to our colleagues at the Coalition on Adult Basic Education for hosting this important and timely discussion.


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Even before the pandemic, over half of Americans reported not having a quality job. In this discussion, @conway_maureen and @JennyWeissbourd share tools and approaches you can put to work now as you respond to the current crisis.

Decades of stagnant wages, eroding benefits, and declining employment security have left millions of people in unstable jobs. The Job Quality Tools Library can help leaders across fields strengthen #jobquality.

Video: “Job Quality Can’t Wait: An Introduction to the #JobQuality Tools Library.” Featuring @AspenWorkforce’s @conway_maureen and @JennyWeissbourd. Hosted by @COABEHQ.


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