W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Michigan (2014 grantee:  $3,000,000) will curtail the challenges employers face retaining an engaged and skilled workforce by expanding on the Employer Resource Network (ERN) implemented earlier in other areas.

The expectation is for employers to experience lower turnover and lower subsequent hiring cost, reduced cost and hassles associated with worker tardiness and absenteeism and improve productivity.  Membership fees collected from participating businesses provide funds that enable the businesses to acquire an on-site case manager, through the human services system or workforce development system, which will help employees resolve work-related issues and overcome personal barriers in the work environment.