Cara Plus Releases National Career Advancement Study

Study Reveals Key Labor Mobility Findings from Over 2,100 Frontline Employees

CHICAGO, July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Cara Collective, a leader in the fight against poverty, is proud to announce the release of a nationwide study on the upward mobility of frontline employees: Closing the Advancement Gap: What what frontline employees want and what employers think they want. The study was conducted by Cara Collective’s expansion arm, Cara Plus, with analysis from McKinsey & Company and with support from Walmart.

Bridging the Advancement Gap is one of the largest national studies on the upward mobility of frontline workers. More than 2,100 frontline workers and 300 employers of varying sizes, industries and geographies were surveyed on topics such as what frontline workers care about most and least when it comes to career advancement, ideas misconceptions from employers about mobility opportunities and the impact of the COVID pandemic on the priorities of frontline workers, among others.

Key findings include information on advancement priorities for frontline workers, such as opportunities for growth and better alignment of wages and skills. The study also shows stark differences between the resources frontline workers believe are available and what their employers report, while offering strategic and concrete actions that employers can take.

“When we started exploring how to build upward mobility for frontline workers, we knew we had to start with the frontline workers themselves,” said Sara Wasserteil, General Manager of Expansion and Integration at Cara Collective. “Elevating their experiences and priorities – and juxtaposing them with what employers perceive to be happening in the workplace – provides a starting point for how we can close the advancement gap for frontline workers. and enhancing fairness when it comes to who does and does not advance in the workplace.”

In addition to uncovering trends for frontline workers across various sectors and demographic groups, the report also raises themes about populations that have historically had limited access to economic opportunity and mobility. This includes employees without a four-year degree, those who have been involved in the justice system, and those who have been impacted by homelessness or recovery. The findings will shed light on how employers can better move forward in these often untapped talent pools.

“What we found when we looked at these populations is that they are highly motivated to advance in their careers, yet often have fewer opportunities to advance,” Wasserteil added. “If employers are willing to rethink who they hire and how they invest in them, they can unlock a highly motivated workforce ready to stay and grow in their company. For example, as evidenced by this study, people who have been impacted by crime the justice system has advanced at a faster rate than any other demographic – regardless of race and gender.”

The study delves into the work of Cara Plus’ Inclusive Jobs Portfolio, which helps companies drive real change to hire and nurture talent that has historically been sidelined from economic opportunity. The work builds on the 30-year history of parent organization Cara Collective, which connects untapped talent to more than 13,000 jobs at 70% year-over-year retention rates at the same company.

Closing the Advancement Gap: What Frontline Employees Want and What Employers Think They Want can be read in full at

Click here to read an executive summary.

About Cara Plus

As part of Cara Collective, Cara Plus engages businesses and nonprofits across the country to create, launch and scale workforce solutions so people experiencing poverty can find and keep a good job. Since our launch, Cara Plus has worked with more than 20 companies and 50 nonprofits in 24 states to adopt and adapt our methodology and create more inclusive employment pathways across the country. To learn more, visit

About CaraCollective

Cara Collective seeks to fuel a courageous national movement to eradicate relational and financial poverty. Through our four entities – Cara, Cleanslate, Cara Connects and Cara Plus – we engage job seekers, employers and other organizations across the country to break the cycle of poverty through power and empowerment. purpose of the job. Since 1991, we’ve helped more than 8,000 people get placed in more than 13,000 jobs and get started on the path to real, lasting success. For more information, visit

SOURCE Cara Collective

Comments are closed.