Frontline workers are essential workers
Frontline workers perform essential jobs yet lack access, resources, and a safety net. They will be hit the hardest, fastest, by the financial shocks of COVID-19. They’re facing mounting hardship at home and at work and will need fast, effective relief to withstand this crisis.
Workers seeking emergency services
Since a national state of emergency was declared, we’ve seen a 52% in new clients. Our work has shifted from long-term stability to triage as more and more people are coming to us in crisis.
Cash assistance to frontline workers
WorkLife has directly funded 4x the supportive services dollars to get cash in the hands of struggling frontline workers. We have also granted $50k to workers through payroll advance loans.
Workers laid off since March
Across the board, employers have tried to do everything possible to keep their people in place. But in the hardest hit industries, large numbers have been furloughed.
What Frontline Workers Need Most
With schools across the country closing for weeks at a time, we’re seeing an unprecedented need for childcare assistance. Healthcare workers in particular are struggling to keep their kids safe while they work around the clock.
As workers face reduced hours, cut pay, and furloughing, making rent or the mortgage is weighing on them. They need our supportive services and help negogiating with landlords and banks to prevent eviction and foreclosure.
Uninsured workers need to help to navigate emergency open enrollment periods. Some are losing healthcare and their spouses are laid off, or need assistance to afford COBRA. Those directly affected need guidance to get the care they need without facing insurmountable bills.
Frontline workers have mounting issues at home—unemployed adults in the household, their children out of school, increased childcare costs, transportation issues, and emergency expenses on credit, on top of the anxiety we’re all feeling in this moment.
WorkLife has loaned $30k through our new Small Dollar Loan program, helping workers cover financial gaps without getting trapped by high interest credit cards or predatory lending.
What We’re Hearing from Employer Partners
How We’re Responding in this Moment
WorkLife is in a unique position to virtually support the frontline workers who are feeling the impact most, including displaced workers in retail, recreation, and other affected industries. This is where we’re focusing our efforts right now.
Resources for Employers
It’s difficult enough in normal times when an employee comes to you struggling with something in their lives that you have no resources to address. What do you do when every one of your employees is suddenly anxious and overwhelmed with the same mounting crisis?
Join WorkLife and The Alliance Center for a conversation with local business owners and worker wellbeing and change management experts. We’ll cover supporting employees and their mental health, health and safety at work, business continuity while social distancing or working remote, and communication strategies.
Being forced to lay off good people is one of the hardest situations a business can face, but it will be unavoidable for many industries. So how can you approach layoffs with heart and compassion? Chief People Office Kevin Cory shares strategies for reducing the impact on workers.
We’re looking for partners to help support workers and their families through this epidemic.