Job Quality in Colorado

Employers and workers need one another to thrive. Employers need dedicated workers to carry out their goals and objectives and remain competitive. Workers need good jobs to support themselves and their families, demonstrate and develop their skills, and connect with others around shared goals. Despite this need, too often the balance between good jobs and skilled workers is out of balance.

Partners in the TalentFOUND network collaborated to produce the Colorado Job Quality Framework to outline features of a quality job and lay out practical steps local communities, employers, and leaders can take to improve job quality.  

Colorado's Job Quality Framework

Communities Attract

Communities ATTRACT and grow businesses committed to job quality

  • Coordinated policies and incentives that promote the creation and growth of good jobs
     
  • Long-term attraction and retention plans that prioritize quality jobs 
     
  • Responsive education and training partners that collaborate to meet the evolving needs of learners, businesses, and the economy 

Companies Create

Companies CREATE good jobs that meet basic needs

  • Wages that provide predictable income that covers basic living expenses and allows for wealth building
     
  • Benefits that facilitate a healthy, stable life 
     
  • A schedule that enables workers to balance the other demands of life
     
  • Working conditions offer an environment that promotes physical, emotional, and psychological safety and wellness
     
  • Employers establish transparent growth opportunities to advance along a career pathway and increase pay
     
  • Sense of belonging in an inclusive environment where individuals are accepted and connected to one another

Leaders Elevate

Leaders ELEVATE opportunities for growth, connection, and meaning

  • Continuous opportunities for personal growth, creativity, and problem solving
     
  • Open and transparent communication keeps employees informed and connected to broader organizational goals and decision makers
     
  • Worker voice and agency are taken into account with key decisions and workers are recognized for their contributions to the organization
     
  • Work is meaningful and provides a sense of satisfaction and purpose

Background & Resources

Attracting and growing good jobs is key to building a strong economy and creating opportunity for all Coloradans. Given the benefits of improving job quality for both employers and workers, the Colorado Job Quality Framework aims to help local stakeholders take action to improve job quality.

By sharing and implementing the framework, Colorado stakeholders can increase the supply of good jobs in the state, resulting in greater satisfaction for workers and more competitive businesses.
 

Why is job quality important?

Having a full-time job no longer provides the economic security it once did. The average Coloradan earning a minimum wage would need to work a minimum of 71 hours per week to afford a modest one bedroom apartment at fair market rate. Too often, when jobs fail to include basic job quality features, it leads to a cycle of instability among workers that can result in high turnover and declining productivity and exacerbate labor shortages for businesses. 

Quality jobs have been shown to better attract talented workers, reduce turnover costs, and increase employee engagement and productivity while improving a company's operations and profitability. 

For Colorado and local communities, attracting and growing good jobs is critical to our economic vitality and is an essential step towards a stronger, more equitable state that benefits us all.  

What are features of a good job?

At a minimum, a good job allows for workers to meet basic needs by providing:

  • Wages that provide predictable income that covers basic living expenses and allows for wealth building
  • Benefits that facilitate a healthy, stable life 
  • A schedule that enables workers to balance the other demands of life
  • Working conditions offer an environment that promotes physical, emotional, and psychological safety and wellness
  • Employers establish transparent growth opportunities to advance along a career pathway and increase pay
  • Sense of belonging in an inclusive environment where individuals are accepted and connected to one another

It’s important to keep in mind that job quality occurs on a continuum. There are rarely jobs that are all good or all bad. Rather, there are continuous opportunities to improve job quality features in a way that results in improved quality of life and satisfaction for workers and stronger and more competitive businesses. 

Enhancing the quality features of existing jobs is critical to improving the availability of good jobs in the state. However, focusing on strengthening existing jobs alone will not resolve the good job shortage. Working collaboratively, employers and local communities can rethink how they attract businesses that offer quality jobs by prioritizing job quality in incentive packages and procurement policies.  

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Take Action


 Are you an employer who wants to understand how to measure job quality and identify focus areas? Sign up for the Job Quality pilot with Working Metrics.


 Request a presentation on job quality in your local community.


 Share the Colorado Job Quality Framework with key stakeholders in your community and discuss steps you might take to improve the supply of good jobs.