Workers and the Workplace


Demand for educated, versatile workers who can interpret complex information and adapt to innovation is higher than ever. RAND pursues research that helps people, organizations, and governments understand how workers can remain engaged and productive in a changing global economy. Studies address workforce development, gender equity in the workplace, working conditions, and workplace wellness programs.

  • An illustration visualizing a new 21st century workforce development system, artwork by Morcos Key


    A 21st-Century Workforce Development System

    Sep 22, 2021

    Design studio Morcos Key created an animated illustration that envisions how America's workforce development system could be transformed to better support 21st-century workers, employers, and educators.

  • A Wingets restaurant displays a “Now Hiring” sign in Tampa, Florida, June 1, 2021, photo by Octavio Jones/Reuters


    Job Openings Are at a Record High. Why Aren't People Going Back to Work?

    Aug 25, 2021

    The U.S. labor market had 10.1 million job openings at the end of June, but 8.7 million workers were still unemployed in July. If there are so many more openings than job seekers, why are there unemployed workers left?

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