Workforce Development News – Feb. 6, 2012

By on February 6, 2012
The Coming Tech-Led Boom

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8 Things Your Employees Need Most

“To truly care about your business, your employees need these eight things—and they need them from you:”

Everything We Know About the Long-Term Unemployed

“Who they are, where they are, and how they got left behind.” In four charts.

The Coming Tech-Led Boom

“Three breakthroughs are poised to transform this century as much as telephony and electricity did the last.”

The 10 Most Important Charts in CBO’s New Economic Report

“The 2012 deficit will break $1 trillion for the fourth consecutive year. The economy’s growth will slow in 2013 as spending cuts take hold. Unemployment will stay above 7 percent through 2015. The housing recovery is locked behind a thick wall of vacancies. Yeah, the Congressional Budget Office’s new economic report is kind of a bummer.” Here’s what it tells us about the economy in 10 big charts:

The End of a Job as We Know It

“The quest for the agile organization has changed the nature of what we call a job. Jobs are turning into roles, roles are becoming more highly specialized, and the new currency of value is expertise, not simply experience.”

When to Share Sensitive Information with Your Team

“Do you share the information? Or do you protect your employees from it? Whatever the news, it’s up to you to decide whether, when, and how to tell your team.” Here are six principles to remember:

The Nine Most Common Hiring Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

“To err in hiring is human – and very expensive. Many ‘standard’ hiring procedures are actually common mistakes, so to choose more competent candidates, prepare to revise your hiring methods. Learn the nine hiring errors managers often make, then eliminate them from your hiring practices to help you choose only the cream of the crop.”

Why Companies are Terrible at Selecting, Retaining and Motivating Their Talent

“Why do most people not have a clue how to hire, retain and motivate great people?” Here are ten tips:

Here’s Where the Jobs Will (and Won’t) Be by 2020

“Overall, government analysts expect employment to grow show growth of 14.3 percent from 2010 to 2020, meaning 20.5 million new jobs will be added. Here’s a list of the 15 occupations expected to see the largest job growth by 2020:”

The Future of Work for High School Grads

“In the coming years, the economy will add millions of jobs for Americans with only a high school diploma. But the pay will be pretty abysmal. Get ready for the McJobs.”

The Growth In Science & Research Occupations

“Many occupations related to science and research are also doing quite well. There are currently 1.3 million jobs in this category, and since 2007 there has been 3.3% growth at the national level. In 2011 there were nearly 70,000 openings for science and research occupations.”

Create a Meaningful Life Through Meaningful Work

“Never, ever accept the idea that triviality, mediocrity, and futility are appropriate goals for any human being. What are your three questions for getting serious about doing stuff that matters?”

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama

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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