Nearly one-in-three Washington workers is worried about losing his or her job and 54 percent of Washingtonians say they have considered making a job change due to the current economy and tougher job market. This comes from a new survey just released as part of the 4th Annual Washington State Workplace Confidence Survey.
To give you an idea of the level of stress and angst in our state's work force, 40 percent of those surveyed said if no barriers existed for changing careers.....they would do it. Here at the Washington Health Foundation (WHF), we understand the fear and frustration many workers are feeling - and we're doing something about it.
WHF just unveiled its new Workers in Transition program. The program could benefit more than one million Washington workers! WHF’s Workers in Transition program is designed to empower our state’s independent and unemployed workers to take more control over their health, health care and health insurance needs. “This will be hands-on, direct service work with the people who need us most,” said WHF President & CEO Greg Vigdor. “We’re not just researching or talking about the health barriers facing independent and unemployed workers – we’re doing something about it.”
Funded, in part, with a grant from the Attorney General’s Office – the Workers in Transition program will initially focus on independent workers and those who have recently lost their jobs. These Workers in Transition will be given free access to WHF’s Personal Health Advocate Service and the organization’s state-of-the-art Health HoME tools. These practical tools are critical to those Washingtonians who buy their own insurance, are under-insured or have no insurance at all.
Independent workers make up nearly one-third of our nation’s workforce and that number is expected to grow significantly over the next 20 years. In Washington – that means as many as one million of the state’s three million workers are “independent.” And more Washingtonians are transitioning into this burgeoning workforce every day.
If you would like to know how our Workers in Transition program could help you - give us a call at 888-WA-Health (888-924-3258).