Workforce Innovation Center Newsletter | June 2023


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When was the last time that you read your employee handbook? Perhaps you needed to review information related to mid-year performance reviews. Or maybe you were looking for information related to a newly launched remote work policy. Or, in light of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act that went into effect yesterday, you might want to understand your employer’s current policies related to pregnancy, childbirth, and related conditions. Whatever the reason, an employee handbook is intended to be a go-to resource for employees to clearly understand the policies that are required by law and additional policies that might make your employer best-in-class.

However, we know from our work with clients that employee handbooks or other policies established by employers are often outdated, difficult to read, and not always put into practice as written.

The Workforce Innovation Center offers a comprehensive Policy and Practice Review to assist employers in clearly establishing policies for a modern workforce. The Policy and Practice review has four primary components:

  • An inventory of all existing employer policies 
  • A gap analysis of key policies that are missing based on our extensive library of high-quality policies (Center clients average a capture rate of 70%)
  • A comparison of a subset of your existing policies against best-in-class policies
  • A readability and reach analysis, as many policies are written at levels that can be challenging to understand

The result is an in-depth analysis of your existing policy landscape with actionable next steps to improve your policies. As you take those next steps, you make more clear to your current and future employees what you offer to them while also helping to ensure that they know what is expected of them.

We are running a one-question poll on LinkedIn to learn from employees whether their employee handbook is clearly written and easy to understand. Would you take a moment to let us know about yours?


Vote in Our Poll

Audrey Treasure

Audrey Treasure

Executive Director, Workforce Innovation Center


Recovery Friendly Hamilton County Celebrates One Year

Congratulations to WIC partner, Recovery Friendly Hamilton County (RFHC), on celebrating one year since launching the Recovery Friendly Workplace Designation! Since launching in 2022, RFHC has recruited 34 employers to become designated as Recovery Friendly Workplaces. On June 22, the organization celebrated this accomplishment and rolled out newly developed tools including the RFHC Policy Guide focused on key policies related to substance use, drug and alcohol testing, and second chance. To explore becoming designated and modifying your own policies, contact Tyler Meenach, RFHC lead and Health Coordinator.


Talbert House

Talbert House is a non-profit health and human services agency empowering children, adults and families to live healthy, safe and productive lives. The agency’s network of services focuses on prevention, assessment, treatment and reintegration at multiple sites throughout Southwest Ohio. Talbert House services fall within the areas of mental health outpatient and residential services; addiction prevention, recovery and treatment; temporary and permanent support housing; job placement, family and individual peer support, wrap-around services and school-based services; and community-based courts and corrections step down and halfway house placement and supportive services.

If you are looking for a career where you help those in need and improve our community, Talbert House is hiring for several key positions. Talbert House offers comprehensive salary and benefits, career growth and training opportunities, and other benefits. The agency's Equity, Inclusion and Diversity efforts place top strategic priority on building a safe, healthy, enriching workplace for everyone. Explore a career with Talbert House!


Talbert House is an early adopter of the Workforce Innovation Center’s practices and is committed to the Center’s mission of creating inclusive workplaces where people thrive.

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Applications are Open for Cincy LEAD and WE Ascend

The Leadership Center is currently accepting applications for two premier leadership development programs:

Cincy LEAD is a five-session program from the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. It was created to provide a roundtable experience within the context of a full leadership development program at an affordable cost for price-conscious leaders and organizations.
Learn more and apply | View the Cincy LEAD experience

WE Ascend is a seven-session program from the Leadership Center at the Cincinnati Regional Chamber. It provides a small group coaching experience for 6-8 BIPOC women executives taking on new challenges in their organization or who have just been promoted or are seeking promotion.
Learn more and apply | View the WE Ascend experience


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