The increasing economic and social pressures that many working families face today create challenges in balancing work and life. More and more American workers find themselves juggling the competing roles of employee, parent, spouse and caregiver. As the separation between work and home life has diminished, this concept has become more relevant than ever before. Hourly workers feel the stress of these challenges more keenly than any other group of employees. One reason why is that hourly workers are less likely to have access to workplace flexibility options that could relieve some of the pressure, and are less likely to have large financial resources and financial support. Given that 75 million people in the American workforce —more than 50 percent—are hourly workers, they are the backbone of many industries on which our economic prosperity and future competitiveness depend.
We are continuing to work with businesses, policy makers, and non-governmental organizations to help create a better understanding about the public and private sector resources that increase job opportunities, improve financial stability, build assets and enhance productivity involving lower-wage employees. Research has shown that the business case for policies that help hourly workers is strong and that companies continue to invest time and effort into the development of creative policies for their employees. Through our research, practical EITC and workplace lactation toolkits, modeling of corporate best-practice initiatives, and media and legislative outreach, Corporate Voices continues to spotlight policies that benefit employees and their families, while also contributing to the business bottom line. The overall goal is to help strengthen lower-wage working families, create working conditions that are more conducive to their success, and promote economic self-sufficiency.
For a one page overview of Corporate Voices' work on family economic stability, please click on the PDF link below. To the right are useful resources that are available to help working families improve their financial stability, maternal and child health, and more.