Workforce Development News – May 2, 2011

By on May 2, 2011

A weekly collection of interesting, insightful, and innovative articles on workforce development, employment and training, business performance, higher education, and the economy.

Managing Yourself: Extreme Productivity

Bob Pozen’s six principles for a more productive work life.

The Fine Art of Praising Employees

“Effective employee recognition is mostly art, not science. That’s why a lot of formal recognition programs quickly sputter and die.  It’s easy to spot an insincere, pro forma recognition program. So don’t create a program to praise your employees — you don’t need one. Just follow these tips to make sure you’re giving them the recognition they deserve:”

8 Things You Should Never Say to Employees

“Your employees constantly watch you. Say the wrong thing, no matter how unintentionally, and at the very least you send the wrong message. Sometimes what you say can even destroy employee morale. Here are 8 things a good leader should never say to employees:”

10 Industries That Will Hire the Most in 2011

“There are still about 7.5 million fewer jobs than there were at the end of 2007, when the Great Recession began. That’s a big hole, and it could take years before employment returns to ‘normal’ levels of five or six years ago. But we’re turning a corner. Hiring is wildly uneven, however, and it’s likely to stay that way. Some industries are in a natural decline that accelerated during the recession, with many jobs gone for good. But other parts of the economy are following the traditional patterns of a recovery, and some industries remain strong due to demographics or basic human needs.”

5 Resume Mistakes You’re Making and How to Avoid Them

“Your resume is often your ticket to an interview with the hiring manager. Start off on the right foot by submitting a killer resume (and cover letter). Avoiding the following mistakes can help you land a coveted interview opportunity and stand out among other candidates:”

Making e-Learning Work: Insider Tips From a Virtual School

“While online instruction was merely an interesting ‘experiment’ just 20 years ago, it is now a critical touch point for students as they prepare for higher education and the working world. 30 percent of today’s college students are enrolled in at least one online class and that figure will likely reach 100 percent in a few years. For institutions, it isn’t a question of whether or not an online program should be implemented; it is how to develop a program that fosters high achievement for students that also allows teachers to succeed in their craft.”

Training by Cell Phone and Text? Don’t LOL

“There’s a new trend emerging: learning by cellphone. If you’re one of the many people who work from multiple locations, or need access to short pieces of critical information right away, this makes nothing but sense. Like everything else when it comes to technology, it has its good uses and its evil outcomes, depending on how you use it.”

The Evolution of Classroom Technology

“Classrooms have come a long way. There’s been an exponential growth in educational technology advancement over the past few years. From overhead projectors to iPads, it’s important to understand not only what’s coming next but also where it all started.”

Gateway Guide Provides Live Views of St. Louis Traffic

“MoDOT’s new website shows nearly 300 live camera views of St. Louis traffic that are updated every couple of seconds, displays real-time information on incidents and work zones with lane closures and is mobile friendly for your smart phone or other cellular device.”

Your Smartphone Knows You Better Than You Do

“By studying how and where people use their phones, academics can parse out patterns of human behavior that let them predict things like mental and physical health, cultural movements, financial activity, and international travel. Scientists said that they could forecast someone’s future whereabouts with 93.6% accuracy.”

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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