Business Resource Network
The Business Resource Network (BRN) is a business strategy comprised of local companies that aim to increase job retention and job productivity among their staff.
Employee turnover is a substantial cost to employers. The Business Resource Network (BRN) is a tool designed to assist companies leverage resources, ensuring their employees’ personal needs are met and therefore, improving workplace engagement. Companies participating in a BRN have an experienced success coach that works on-site at each business as an extension of their Human Resource department. Success coaches may provide assistance to employees to help manage life’s challenges (e.g. child care, transportation, housing), so employees can be more reliable and productive. For employers, these services help to reduce turnover and create a more stable workforce.
BRNs are operated by the local Michigan Works! Agencies.
In the Media
Northwest Michigan Works! has established the Business Resource Network (BRN). The BRN helps employers retain employees by giving them access to a Success Coach who helps them deal with challenges away from work that might be affecting their ability to do their job. Watch the video to hear from employers and employees who are benefiting from the BRN.
Oakland County Michigan Works!
Client X contacted the BRN Success Coach for assistance with rental arrearages. Client X was temporarily laid-off in March 2020 from a BRN member company due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, Client X received a Demand for Possession Nonpayment of Rent notice, the first step in the eviction process, from their landlord in the amount of $598.93. Client X had not yet been able to apply for unemployment, had no other source of income, and was afraid they would lose their home. The Oakland County Michigan Works! BRN Success Coach was able to assist Client X by leveraging an Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) internal funding source for rental arrearages in the amount of $598. The BRN Success Coach also connected Client X with resources to assist with applying for unemployment benefits.