• Description

Subsidized employment is more than an opportunity for workers with barriers to employment to earn a paycheck. Transitional jobs (TJ) programs often use the TJ placement as an opportunity for participants to address barriers to successful employment, acquire new skills, and learn how to become a worker in the context of a real, wage-paid, time-limited job. As a result, it is important for employer partners to understand the role they can play in TJ participant development as well as how TJ participant development benefits their business. This resource is a one-page handout that program providers can give directly to employer partners who are considering or have agreed to offer time-limited employment opportunities to subsidized workers. This document describes the roles and responsibilities that employer partners have in helping subsidized workers develop skills and become more work-ready, including tips for fostering worksite mentorship, providing constructive feedback on work performance, and managing disciplinary situations with a focus on performance improvement.