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SBLC Charlotte Employer Initiative

The Southern Institute on Children and Families is pleased to release the Southern Business Leadership Council Charlotte Metro Area Employer Initiative Project Report. The report describes employer perspectives on issues related to low-wage employment stability gathered through interviews conducted with employers from Charlotte, North Carolina and provides summary information on employer views collected during an Employer Dialogue Session held in Charlotte in March 2007. Please continue reading below to learn more about this initiative.

The Southern Business Leadership Council (SBLC) Charlotte Employer Initiative began in January 2007. Charlotte, North Carolina is one of three communities in which the Southern Institute on Children and Families visited to identify employer perspectives on challenges and opportunities related to promoting stability in the low-wage workforce. The first employer initiative was conducted in the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area in 2006. A third employer project was conducted in South Carolina’s Upstate Region during the spring of 2007. Upon completion of all employer initiatives an analysis of findings was prepared to assist the SBLC in development of the Southern Business Leadership Council Employment Stability Action Plan.

The SBLC Charlotte Employer Initiative includes employer interviews and an Employer Dialogue Session to produce firsthand employer insight on barriers to stable employment and strategies to assist low-wage individuals with improving stability in the workplace. Quantitative and qualitative data was gathered through telephone interviews with Charlotte employers, during which they were asked to answer questions and provide comments on specific issues, as well as to share information on strategies they have utilized to improve worker stability. Employer interviews took place during February 2007.

On March 14, 2007, the Southern Institute conducted the Charlotte Employer Dialogue Session. We worked with the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce to develop an invitation list, and nine area employers participated. The Southern Institute has extensive experience in conducting dialogue sessions to identify barriers and promising practices and is recognized for its design and execution of dialogue sessions that produce information needed to develop action plans.

The Southern Institute prepared a report on the SBLC Charlotte Employer Initiative in September 2007 that was disseminated to sponsors, employer participants and SBLC members. A PDF version of the SBLC Charlotte Metro Area Employer Initiative Project Report is available on this Web site. The report includes data gathered through the employer interviews and the Employer Dialogue Session. The report also describes barriers to employment stability and strategies employers have tried in an effort to improve stability as reported by Charlotte employers. Participating employers and sponsors will receive the Southern Business Leadership Council Employment Stability Action Plan when it is released in 2008.

 

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