We believe the creation of high-quality jobs must ultimately be a co-creation process between employers and workers. Training alone, for either party, is insufficient to catalyze that process. We argue that changing mindsets—the set of beliefs and assumptions that shape how we make sense of the world—is a prerequisite if we want to create good jobs at scale.
In this report, we share our experience shifting mindsets of both employers and employees as part of Bounce Forward, a pilot program funded by the Innovation Resource Center for Human Resources. The program was designed to help small business owners and their employees reimagine the employer/employee relationship and create opportunities for shared well being, professional growth, and prosperity. We also discuss the implications of that approach on creating the conditions for a long-term and co-created transformation of work and the U.S. economy.