A story out of WNYC this morning highlights the emergence of worker cooperatives. Within these businesses, member-owners participate in democratic-style decisions that gives workers greater control over business decisions that directly effect them. According to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, cooperative businesses “provide better working conditions and wages for typically low-wage work, and increase household wealth for low-income workers.” The New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives has a listing of 40 cooperatives in the New York City area, ranging from webdesign and production to food services, clothing shops, bookkeeping to law services.
Whether it’s for you or your employees, Food Service Upgrade will prepare you for the National Servsafe and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Food Protection Certification Exams. This class is part of Northeast Resiliency Consortium programming that trains workers who play critical roles during times of crisis. Call us today to sign up!
A report from New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, talks about the growing need for, and use of, flexible work arrangements (FWAs) that create alternatives to the traditional 9-to-5 work schedule. Families and Flexibility: Reshaping the Workplace for the 21st Century explains how changing workforce demographics (women who both work and take on the majority of childcare responsibilities, low-wage workers who have less control over their schedules, single-parent workers, workers who care for elderly/disabled family members, etc.) have highlighted the increased need of FWAs. In addition to providing examples of successful work-day restructuring at corporate offices (Aetna saved $78 million in real estate costs in 2012 by introducing FWA), the report also highlights unintended benefits including increased employee satisfaction and morale, and a reduction in overall employee stress/fatigue. You can read the full report here:
Information sessions for CUNY CareerPATH’s summer cohort of of the Culinary Arts & Hospitality and Food & Beverage programs (at Kingsborough Community College) and Emergency Medical Technician program (at Borough of Manhattan Community College) have just been posted. Check out our Information Session page for the dates/times.
To get more information about these programs, visit CUNY CareerPATH online: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/conted/PATH.html
An interesting read for Entrepreneur Magazine: Why Millennials Should Become Entrepreneurs Now. While this isn’t a jump perfectly suited for everyone, author Mike Pugh raises points about changes to the overall job market, new technologies that assist budding entrepreneurs and the lower costs associated with running virtual businesses. Don’t forget to browse through the comments for more inspiration.