Job Quality in Colorado

In a rapidly changing economy characterized by globalization, advances in technology, and automation, employers are struggling to attract and retain the skilled work they need to grow.

By providing quality jobs that offer family sustaining wages, safe and inclusive environments, robust benefits, predictable scheduling, professional development and opportunities to advance, employers can address their skills gaps, increase the number of qualified applicants to open positions, and improve their retention rates. They can also help improve their company’s diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The resources below can help organizations learn how to assess and improve the quality of their jobs.

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How Employers Can Assess and Improve Job Quality

Employers that provide high-quality jobs attract a higher number of candidates and experience better retention rates than those who do not. However, many employers are unaware of no-cost resources they can use to measure and improve the quality of their jobs. The CWDC and its partners offer two tools that can help:

1. The Good Jobs Pilot

Through a collaboration between Working Metrics, a workforce analytics company, Results for America (RFA), and the CWDC, employers can access assessment tools and consulting services to improve job quality at no cost. Through the Good Jobs Pilot, employers use data to assess and benchmark the quality of their jobs and make data-informed decisions to improve with the support of experienced job quality consultants.

By measuring and crafting strategies to improve job quality, employers can catalyze positive business and financial outcomes, like attracting top talent, increasing employee retention, reducing turnover costs, growing the bottom line and value of the business, as well as improving diversity, the wellbeing of employees, their families, communities and the Colorado economy.

About the Working Metrics Platform

The Working Metrics platform is a cloud-based tool that makes it fast and easy for companies to measure, benchmark, and score their job quality and diversity.

Employers enter data on a quarterly basis in order to track change over time.

Employer data is secure, and the platform does not collect personally identifiable information (PII).

What is the time commitment for employers?

The Working Metrics platform is designed to limit the amount of time and effort required to gather, upload and track data. To make things as easy and fast as possible, Working Metrics provides training to your team, as well as any needed technical assistance and support.

User training is approximately 1 hour. Completing your first upload may take 1-2 hours and quarterly uploads thereafter will take approximately 15-30 minutes.

Note: Employers’ job quality scores are not made publicly available without their consent.

How To Get Started

There is no cost to participate in the pilot. To learn more about enrollment and setting up an account, please complete this interest form. For additional information about the pilot, please contact cwdc@state.co.us.

 

The Good Jobs Pilot offers employers the tools they need to:

  • Measure the quality of their jobs by analyzing a job’s benefits, flexibility, wage, growth and advancement opportunities, job security, safety, retirement savings offerings, and paid time off
  • Gather data about their level of diversity
  • Compare how their jobs measure up to others in their industry
  • Determine concrete steps to improve job quality
  • Develop strategies to improve retention rates and ensure long-term profitability

Fill out the Good Jobs Pilot interest form to learn more.

2. The Colorado Job Quality Framework

To further the CWDC's mission to enhance and sustain a skills-based talent development network that meets the needs of employers, workers, job seekers, and learners for today and tomorrow, partners in the TalentFOUND network collaborated to produce the Colorado Job Quality Framework, which outlines features of a quality job and lays out practical steps local communities, employers, and leaders can take to improve job quality in Colorado. To learn more about the framework, check out our Colorado Job Quality Framework primer.

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.  

Resources

 

Take Action


 Are you an employer who wants to understand how to measure job quality and identify focus areas? Sign up for the Good Jobs 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.