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SBLC Upstate South Carolina Employer Initiative

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

The Southern Business Leadership Council (SBLC) Upstate South Carolina (SC) Employer Initiative began in March 2007. The Upstate area of SC 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. Employer initiatives were conducted in the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area in 2006 and in Charlotte, North Carolina in early 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 Upstate SC 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 employers from the Upstate SC area, 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 April 2007.

On May 2, 2007, the Southern Institute conducted the Upstate SC Employer Dialogue Session. We worked with area chambers of commerce to develop an invitation list, and employers from Anderson, Greenville and Spartanburg 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 completed a report on the SBLC Upstate SC Employer Initiative in August 2007 that was disseminated to sponsors, Upstate SC Employer Dialogue Session participants and SBLC members. A PDF version of the SBLC Upstate SC 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 Upstate SC 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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