Catholic Charities Battles Richland County Revenue | Economic news
Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo.
A high turnover rate is any business’s worst nightmare. And unfortunately, many learn to just play with the punches rather than directly recognizing the problem, so the spin percentage rate increases.
Employers who want to see a productive and healthy workplace should consider the mental health and challenges their employees face in their personal lives that could prevent them from doing their jobs.
Steve Cummins, Vice President of Mansfield Engineered Components, helps manage over 200 employees with three available shifts. In 2017, he noticed that a large percentage of employees faced challenges such as transportation, child care, healthcare, rent, and mental health.
“There are a variety of things that can cause people to give up,” Cummins said. “People can be put in a position where they’re on the edge, where a little thing like a flat tire is going to impact them in a really negative way. It shouldn’t be like that, but unfortunately it is like that in a lot of cases. “
Cummins and the rest of senior management set out to tackle these issues head-on and find a way to ensure their employees can get the help they need so they don’t have to leave. for some preventable reason.
The 3E project of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo helps local businesses by taking care of their employees and helping them keep their jobs. The objective of the 3E project is to empower, encourage and engage individuals to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
Catholic Charities staff provide site services and the 3E project aims to promote workforce stability through employee support and coaching in tandem with site management.
On-site services are provided at a reasonable rate for the employer, and relative to the cost of turnover, it is minimal. In Richland County, the agency’s services include the HOPE Food Pantry, medical prescription / bill assistance, financial literacy workshops, adult advocacy services, and rent assistance. Financial assistance is provided as funding becomes available.
As a medium-sized company with limited resources, Mansfield Engineered Components has benefited from this program and Cummin’s wants to reach as many employees as possible.
“We don’t have the resources internally to be able to immediately help every employee with all types of challenges they might be facing, so our relationship with Catholic Charities was a perfect match,” Cummins said.
Over the past four years, Catholic charities have become a necessity to maintain a healthy and positive environment in the workplace, Cummins said. Although there was some resistance from the employees at first, they were reassured that anything they said would be strictly confidential and that they did not need to be Catholic to receive information. aid. If the employee is uncomfortable meeting on site, staff will meet with them at the Catholic Charities office or other suitable location.
Catholic Charities offers a unique experience by coming to the site every week, Cummin’s said. They meet with employees, help them understand why they are in their current situation, and create a budget plan.
“My goal for everyone who contacts Catholic Charities is that they leave our conversation with my staff and myself having at least some hope and more information than when they initially contacted me,” he said. said Rebecca Owens, Regional Director of Catholic Charities.
When Catholic Charities started in 2016 with a focus on a small clientele, the goal was to examine how they could help employees keep their jobs while they still tried to understand the uncertainties about their personal lives that kept them from keep their jobs. Today, that goal remains even more important after a record year of unemployment in the United States
Owens doesn’t want people to continue to depend on resources provided by the community instead of finding jobs and wants to help in any way they can.
“Our agency’s philosophy is to be a helping hand, not a handout. We want to reach out, ”Owens said.
Because they are a faith-based organization, Catholic Charities has more flexibility than some social service agencies. Part of their services involves Crisis Navigation where a Crisis Navigator will have lengthy conversations with clients about their current situation and help them connect with resources – both internal and other community resources – to help respond to the immediate need but also to the underlying problem that puts them in their situation of need.
“We really want to help, we want people to be successful, to be able to take care of themselves, to be able to take care of their families, to have a good life and to be good employees,” said Owens. “And whatever it feels like for us to help with that process, that’s what we’re here for. ”
The Catholic Charities 3E project is here to help employers fight employee turnover and help their employees keep their jobs. For assistance call 419-524-0733 and ask for Brian Hunt.