Workplace Options’ Labor Solutions team has recently been selected to join Race to the Top as technical experts for worker engagement efforts. As part of the project, Workplace Options will equip participating factories with WOVO.
E-learning offers employees convenience. With e-learning, employees can fit compliance trainings into their schedules, rather than adjusting according to set training times and locations. They also have the freedom to complete e-learning trainings on their smart phones, laptops or desktop computers, instead of traveling to a designated location.
Forward-looking companies are taking a proactive approach to identify and address potential compliance issues. Finding traditional grievance boxes and open door policies insufficient, they are turning to innovative tools like WOVO to create new lines of communication.
A study by the Fair Wear Foundation and Care International found that female factory workers in Vietnam face systemic sexual harassment and violence at work. Approximately 2 million people are employed in Vietnam’s garment sector, with some factories having as many as 20,000 workers. More than 80% of the workers are women.
As part of their sustainability programs, and in an effort to go “beyond compliance,” companies are developing guidelines to ensure the factories that make up their supply chain are integrating new worker voice, worker empowerment, and worker wellbeing solutions.
Supply chain factories are often located in poor countries with low-labor costs and few protections for workers. In these settings, challenges like unsafe working conditions and unfair labor practices are the norm. For women, who represent a majority of the factory workforce in many segments, the challenges are even greater.
Radio programs are giving garment workers in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu a platform to address factory working condition. Callers to the show are sharing personal examples of poor factory working conditions including harassment, long working hours, and inadequate wages.
Surveys, when conducted correctly, are effective at gathering a balanced and representative view of what employees think, enabling organizations to make data-based decisions and spend funds more effectively.
In today’s fast-paced, ever-evolving business environment, the need to upskill and retrain employees is greater than ever. According to a survey by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, three-fourths of corporate CEOS see the availability of key skills as the biggest threat to their business.
Achyuta Adhvaryu (Assistant Professor, University of Michigan), Teresa Molina (Assistant professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa) and Anant Nyshadham (Assistant professor, Boston College) recently released a working paper called “More Money, More Problems: Expectations, Wage Hikes and Worker Voice.” The paper details the first real-world study of economist Albert Hirschman’s landmark thesis on the relationship between voice and exit.