Posts by Ruth Weirich:

Are you unconsciously hurting your bottom line?

July 25, 2019 Published by

Unconscious bias about economic class often surfaces in the workplace. Your brain is on autopilot and operates based on how you grew up. Mindsets, habits, patterns, opportunities, and experiences are all shaped by the environment in which we experience our lives. Survival, achievement, and connections are also important. Can you…

Daily instability creates transportation pains for employees

July 2, 2019 Published by

The environment of daily instability creates pain for both the employees 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…

‘Giving us a voice is one of my favorite parts’: An interview with Getting Ahead graduates

June 25, 2019 Published by

Getting Ahead is making a difference all across the country. For this piece, I interviewed Jennifer and Jason Kamp, recent graduates from the Midwest. Ruth: Tell me about where you live. Jason: We live in Geneva, Ohio, which is famous for Geneva on the Lake, a tourist attraction right on…

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…