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Michiana Bridges

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Barbara Pitcher

on 28 May 2014

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Transcript of Michiana Bridges

an Employer Resource Network
What if...
we looked at POVERTY as an ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT issue instead of a SOCIAL problem?
Call tow truck
PROBLEM
SOLVING
Your car broke down on the way to work! What do you do?
Call mother-in-law...get ride
Borrow vehicle until car is fixed
Put $500 repair on credit card
Workplace Solutions for Under-Resourced Workers
EMPLOYEE
EMPLOYER
COMMUNITY
Call supervisor
MICHIANA BRIDGES
Bridges Definition of Poverty
"The extent to which a person
does without resources."
11 Resource Areas
Financial Emotional Mental & Cognitive

Language Social Capital Physical

Spiritual Motivation & Persistence

Relationships & Role Models Integrity & Trust

Knowledge of Hidden Rules

Living in Poverty
TRAP OF
POVERTY
Under-resourced people live in under-resourced environments
Unstable
Unpredictable
Stressful
Hyper-vigilant
Survival mode
Concrete problem solving
Outside the norm
Rapid Problem Resolution
Access to Resources
Education & Tools

RESOURCE NAVIGATOR
Experience
Passion
Reputation
Network
TRIPLE WIN
Job Retention
Workplace Advancement
Training & Education
Effective Use of Benefits
Improved Physical & Mental Health
More Stability
Reduced Absenteeism
Increased Retention
Improved Productivity
Employee Advancement
Lower Training Costs
Maximizes HR Time & Resources
Better Use of Benefits
Employee Loyalty
Employer of Choice
More Stable & Healthier Families
More Children Thriving in Schools
Increased Graduation Rates
Reduced Health Care Costs
Stronger, Safer Neighborhoods
Better Pipelines to Employment
Contribution to Tax Base
Less $ on Public Assistance
EMPLOYER
EXPERIENCE
High Turnover & Absenteeism
Excessive Tardiness & Cell Phone Use
Poor Adherence to Policies & SOPs
Communication Breakdowns
Safety Concerns
"It's a no-brainer. When you can show these kind of results, why wouldn't you invest in the services of a Resource Navigator?"
Josh Hill - Press Ganey
Michiana Bridges ERN Committee
Return On Ivestment
"I know this will improve my company's performance, but what equally inspires me is that I can help bring an effective process to other companies in our area - and this is, in my mind, the surest way to address poverty."
Jacqueline Barton, CEO
Specialized Staffing Solutions
MENTAL IMPACT:
Stress of poverty is equal to losing a night's sleep
PROBLEM
33%
SOUTH BEND
(Princeton University 2013)
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