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Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder: Creating Value by Investing in Your Workforce by Jody Heymann

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Establishing Career Tracks for the Least-Advantaged Workers

ONE OF THE MOST Significant yet ironically least common ways of ensuring good working conditions for the lowest-level employees is to provide them with advancement opportunities. Most jobs for employees with limited formal education lack clear career paths and the potential for upward mobility. Nearly one hundred thousand articles have been written on career paths, but when you search academic databases for articles focusing on career tracks for employees with lower levels of formal education, less than 1 percent of articles address these needs.1

All workers have the capacity to learn and acquire new skills; the desire for advancement is not bound by class or level of previous educational ...

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