Keeping Work. Supporting homeless people to start, stay in, and thrive at work: A guide for employers

|Source: Broadway research and policy

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Homeless people can thrive in work so long as their employers follow basic good practice, according to a major new report produced by Broadway, a homelessness charity, in partnership with BITC.
The report recommends that, to give homeless people the best chances of staying in work, organisations should:
  • Offer flexible salary payment options such as salary advances to help employees avoid debt while they are waiting for their first monthly pay packet.
  • Provide a ‘buddy’ scheme so that new employees have someone to talk to about any questions or concerns as they adapt to working life.
  • Pay the Living Wage wherever possible to help their employees move off benefits, become financially independent and avoid the in-work poverty that several of the research participants experienced.
  • Build partnerships with specialist schemes to provide routes into employment for homeless and disadvantaged people.

The Keeping Work research from Broadway Homelessness and Support, in partnership with responsible business charity, Business in the Community, follows the stories of 50 homeless people over their first six to 12 months in new jobs.

It shows that homeless people do not need much targeted support from their employer to stay in and thrive in work: instead they benefit from good, all-round employment practice such as well-planned inductions, regular supervisions, clear guidance about their role, and support around understanding how to behave in the workplace.