Employment and Jobs

Job Quality in Practice Survey

January 29, 2020  • Economic Opportunities Program

Update: This survey is now closed. We will be sharing results soon. Thanks to everyone who participated.

With support from Prudential Financial, we are conducting a job quality survey, and we hope to hear from you about how you think about job quality in your work.

We are interested in learning about your perspectives, activities, questions, and concerns. And we are eager to hear about tools and resources you use in your practice to address job quality, as well as about tools and resources you wish you had.

Through this survey and other activities, we are collecting tools and resources organizations use to support job quality practices. In the coming months we will be sharing them in an online library of job quality tools.

Why Job Quality?

Whether we’re discussing declining economic mobility, growing inequality, or the changing nature of work, it’s clear that for too many people in the US work isn’t working. Millions of jobs pay low wages and provide few ladders to opportunity. Roughly one in four working adults earns a wage that is insufficient to lift a small family above the poverty line. The success of economic, community, or workforce development strategies depends on quality economic opportunities being available. Simply put, we need strategies that encourage higher quality jobs.

Innovative organizations are addressing this challenge and implementing job quality strategies: community economic development agencies, workforce development organizations, community development finance institutions, advocacy organizations, labor unions, social and cooperative enterprise organizations, and more.

We have been learning from the example of our Job Quality Fellows and others. There are many different views about what constitutes a quality job. Some attributes of job quality—like compensation and benefits—are relatively easy to see and measure. Other attributes—such as work environment or quality of supervision—are more difficult to observe and quantify. In our view, job quality is influenced by many factors, but compensation is fundamental. What a job pays and the consistency and predictability of earnings from a job are primary factors influencing whether a worker considers it to be a good job. But other factors are important, too, and you’ll see these reflected throughout this survey. We are interested in learning about how you view job quality and its importance in your work. Please share your views with us.

And we thank you for your response! Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or additional information you would like to share. We will be accepting survey responses through February 21, 2020. We look forward to hearing from you.


What tools and resources do you use use in your practice to address #jobquality? Which ones do you wish you had? Take this survey by @AspenWorkforce and share your views.

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