Posts by Ruth Weirich:

Getting out of poverty with Investigations into Economic Class in America

March 12, 2019 Published by

I recently had the privilege of interviewing a graduate of Investigations into Economic Class in America. The following interview shows her growth and understanding. Ruth Weirich: Welcome. This interview is about you taking the college course called Investigations into Economic Class in America. Please tell us your name and where…

Help! My employees are always late!

March 5, 2019 Published by

The environment of daily instability creates pain for both the employee and your business. Really, does anyone want to spend time dealing with transportation? If your car has good tires, a half-tank of gas, and if the engine turns over on the first try, then you don’t spend time worrying…

Happy employees = happy customers

January 9, 2019 Published by

Is employee turnover eating your lunch? The average cost-per-hire for companies Is $4,129, a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey finds. Forty-two days is the average time it takes to fill an open position. When I asked a human resource manager why she worked on stability issues, she said,…

From homeless to hopeful

June 7, 2018 Published by

This is why we do the work we do. I recently received the following letter from Barb Stanley in Pennsylvania: Dear Ruth: I have to share the great news that my “homeless” friend, Scott, is now in his third week of work at McDonald’s. I am beyond excited! He called me…

Housing assistance, Getting Ahead make Florida Bridges community stand out

April 2, 2018 Published by

In Santa Rosa County, Florida, Santa Rosa Bridges board members and volunteers are actively involved in the communities that they live and work in to ensure that they are hearing the needs and concerns of those who benefit from Santa Rosa Bridges, a Bridges Out of Poverty community. Santa Rosa…

Podcast: Workplace Stability, ERNs, and small-dollar loans

January 26, 2018 Published by

with James Vander Hulst and Kelli Adams We see employees quitting due to a wage or hours increase and a benefits cliff. Many in the hospitality industry—we have the Radisson in Kalamazoo as a member of the Southwest Michigan ERN—the employees will say, “Don’t give me any more hours because…

Call for presenters: Addressing the Challenges of Poverty 2018

December 20, 2017 Published by

Are you ready to submit your proposal to present at Addressing the Challenges of Poverty? aha! Process is now accepting proposals for presentations for the 2018 conference scheduled for September 23–25 in Atlanta. You can also take advantage of early bird pricing by registering for the conference before February 1. This…

Power in the workplace: One of the reasons employee conflict occurs

August 28, 2017 Published by

“The measure of a man is what he does with power.” –Plato Ever worked for someone you didn’t like, but you respected their position? I have. (Also, don’t raise your hand or give away any nonverbals if they are sitting right beside you as you read this!) Obviously, we understood…

Tick tock, the dang time clock!

August 9, 2017 Published by

Do you have employees who have a hard time getting to work on time? Do you have employees who shrug it off when you approach them about being tardy…again? Are you ready to pull your hair out? When employees live in daily stability and have enough resources for today and…

Webinar podcast: Workplace stability with Ruth Weirich

May 5, 2017 Published by

I took the core constructs from Bridges Out of Poverty and reframed them for the business sector. So really what we’re doing with this is discussing how instability is a form of diversity based on economic class and what a business can do to get higher retention and productivity from…