“These past two years, I’ve been laid off from work many times due to the COVID pandemic. I was interested in the title, ‘The worker’s voice’, because it makes me think we have a voice. The voice of those who are not heard. I felt the urge to share.” — Worker Voices participant
“We want certain benefits, we want certain hours, certain schedules, and before the pandemic, we were not like that. That is, what they gave us, we accepted because we need the work. And after the pandemic we realized … work sometimes needs us more.” — Worker Voices participant
“And I think during the pandemic—it kind of flipped the tables a little bit … I know that I can bring a lot to the table. Are you going to uphold your end of the half as an employer? So at least for me, it gave me a different perspective of …don’t settle for less.” — Worker Voices participant
Worker Voices Special Brief: Perspectives on Job Quality
For Worker Voices participants, a quality job checks five boxes. Workers with a quality job are adequately compensated, treated well, secure in their position, given flexibility around hours and location, and engaged with the work.
Worker Voices Special Brief: Barriers to Employment
Worker Voices participants faced compounding obstacles to finding high-quality jobs. These barriers included changing job requirements, individual attributes, and concerns about individual and family well-being.
Worker Voices deep dives coming soon
Conversations with Worker Voices focus group participants inspired deep dives into specific topics based on the experiences and perspectives these workers shared. Look for forthcoming briefs on these special topics.
- Things workers are doing to improve their employment outcomes
- Self-employment and entrepreneurial aspirations
- Lessons learned on engaging with community-based partners and research participants
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