Most hourly workers aren’t receiving opportunities for advancement or promotion, data suggests — about 70% of respondents told Jobcase as much. Specifically, skills-based and hourly workers lack career growth opportunities in the form of training or education, per the study.
Jobcase’s report also underscores how this missing middle rung is causing harm at home: 38% of respondents said they don’t have access to basic medical insurance, with 49% saying they don’t have dental, 56% saying they don’t have vision coverage and almost 70% saying they don’t have life insurance. Less than half said they are “confident in their ability” to pay for healthcare costs; less than half said they had sick time.
Investing capital in training for all workers — including front-line talent — is a win-win, various studies have shown. As the Great Resignation makes retention more difficult, HR experts continue to laud internal mobility and promotional measures as solutions. For example, an MIT Technology Review report published in September outlined the staffing issues that continue to plague corporate America. MIT researchers noted that a culture of learning and development can be instrumental in retention.
Another September report explicitly said that a lack of L&D opportunities can hamper internal worker mobility and could lead to turnover.
Jobcase’s report underscores that the talent in question aren’t receiving the skills training necessary to make them well-equipped for stepping into new roles.
Right alongside competitive pay (57%) and healthcare benefits (48%), paid time off (47%), flexible scheduling (42%), and opportunities for advancement (43%) were cited as top traits that define a “good employer.”