Overview

Employer practices such as hiring, scheduling, promotion, supervision, and on-the-job training determine workers’ day-to-day reality and long-term prospects in the labor market. The growing prevalence of independent contractors and contingent workers underscores the continued fissuring of employer-employee relationships.

Working Knowledge

Employer practices March 24, 2021

What Do Workers Value in a Job?

In a survey on 10 major job quality elements, women, Black, and Latinx workers were more likely than men or white workers to value all 10 as "extremely important."

Batia Katz, Molly M. Scott , Pamela J. Loprest

Employer practices March 03, 2021

Who Gets What Job? Taking a Racial Equity Approach to Improving Job Quality

Improving job quality for low-wage workers must address occupational segregation and unequal access to good jobs across race, ethnicity, and gender.

Jessica Shakesprere, Batia Katz, Archana Pyati

Employer practices March 03, 2021

Do Good Jobs Promote Economic Mobility, and If So, How?

Elements of job quality can affect workers' economic mobility in both direct and indirect ways. Jobs that facilitate skill development could have the greatest potential for mobility.

Pamela J. Loprest , William J. Congdon, Batia Katz, Jessica Shakesprere

Employer practices February 12, 2021

How Do We Define “Good Jobs,” and How Do They Affect Worker Well-Being?

Our new blog series highlights evidence and areas for further research on connections between job quality and economic mobility. Our first post shares a new framework for understanding job quality elements and how they affect worker well-being.

William J. Congdon, Molly M. Scott , Pamela J. Loprest