Workforce Development News – Sept. 26, 2011

By on September 26, 2011
Attributes of a Truly Great Place to Work

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The Twelve Attributes of a Truly Great Place to Work

“More than 100 studies have now found that the most engaged employees — those who report they’re fully invested in their jobs and committed to their employers — are significantly more productive, drive higher customer satisfaction and outperform those who are less engaged. But only 20 per cent of employees around the world report that they’re fully engaged at work. So what’s the solution?”

The Power Of Language: 5 Wicked Words That Are Sabotaging Your Success

“Would you believe that the words you use actually determine whether you succeed or not?”

College Students Say Access to Internet as Vital as Air, Food, Water

“40 percent of students consider Internet to be more important than social activities including dating and spending time with friends.”

The Most Underrated Jobs

“A list of jobs that may be unglamorous but have better than average employment rates and incomes. While they don’t pay the six- or seven-figure compensation of hedge fund managers or heart surgeons, these underrated jobs allow workers to enjoy a decent standard of living and a relatively bright employment outlook.”

23 Sure-Fire Ways To Improve Your Presentations

A checklist of techniques to make presentations more effective.

Great Recession Yields a Lost Generation of Workers

“New 2010 census data shows the wrenching impact of economic downturn on young adults. ‘We have a monster jobs problem, and young people are the biggest losers.’”

What the Lost Decade of Wages Means for Colleges and Their Graduates

“Last week’s American living standards report from the Census Bureau underscored yet again the lifetime economic benefits of getting a college degree. Even so, there is mounting anger by college graduates who blame their alma maters for the fact they can’t find a job in this bad economy.”

7 Tips for Surviving & Thriving at Networking Events

“Whether you’re launching a startup or looking for new opportunities, networking events are an essential part of the game. Some lucky individuals dive right into these events and come out with five great leads and a new hiking buddy. But for others, these orchestrated events can be a total drag, full of awkward moments and monotonous small talk.”

Social Media For Dummies — er — Busy Execs

“Here’s a simple guide to help ease you into the insanely-overhyped world of social media. There are three important things you need to know about social media from a business perspective; and seven social media avenues that may impact your organization and business.”

50 Manufacturing Sectors That Grew Over The Past 10 Years

“As domestic income and production costs increase, it makes it increasingly difficult for U.S. manufacturers to keep their operations in-country. However, manufacturing is a very important generator of capital and without it our economy would have to find new ways to bring much-needed export-based dollars into our economy. Lately we are seeing improving output in manufacturing.”

MERIC Report: Missouri Targets Advanced Manufacturing

“Analysis of education and experience levels typically required by all occupations in the Advanced Manufacturing sector shows that 13.9% are considered lower skilled, 60% are middle skilled, and 26.1% are high skilled. Middle to high skill occupations make up 86.1% of Advanced Manufacturing jobs, which is considerably higher than the 63.6% average for all occupations in Missouri.” (PDF, 9.28MB)

Free Lighthouses Theme for Windows 7

“Towering over color-drenched beaches, standing sentinel where sand meets ocean, and encrusted in wintry ice, the lighthouses in this free theme for Windows 7 bring a world of scenery and architectural styles to your desktop.” Plus links to four more.

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz

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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