Workforce Development News – June 5, 2012

By on June 5, 2012
Leadership Behaviors Loyal Employees Trust

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Accelerated Job Training Programs at St. Louis Community College Showing Great Promise

“St. Louis Community College is a model community college system that puts forth a great deal of results-oriented energy into increasing its workforce development, corporate training and regional economic development mission and strategy. Within this relatively large community college system is the award-winning Workforce Solutions Group, comprised of more than 80 employees who operate STLCC’s Corporate College. Accelerated Job Training Programs are part of the many Workforce Solutions initiatives that have gained steam in recent years. There are currently 13 short-term, just-in-time Accelerated Job Training Programs for in-demand jobs located in St. Louis and the surrounding areas throughout Missouri. Programs range from Lineman Pre-apprentice Training and Aerospace Pre-employment Training to Home Energy Auditor Training, Business Technology Training and more.”

5 Leadership Behaviors Loyal Employees Trust

“So, is there a way to increase loyalty and engagement in the workplace? It requires a near-equal exchange of information about the business’s goals and challenges and a shared sense of the value of work. Here are 5 behaviors for leaders and hiring managers to adopt when struggling to keep employees happy and loyal:”

Seven “Non-Negotiables” to Prevent a Bad Hire

“Of nearly 2,700 employers surveyed, 41% estimate a single bad hire cost $25,000; a quarter estimate a bad choice cost $50,000 or more. To avoid that, when we make hires, we screen candidates using a list of personal characteristics we call the Non-Negotiables. These are the characteristics that have become the primary criteria for hiring decisions — things we value even more than skills and background.”

7 Reasons Networking Can Be a Professional Development Boot Camp

“How many times do you say to yourself that you need to meet more people? That your circle of influence needs to be strengthened? That your skills and talents have yet to be discovered?”

Innovation Is a Discipline, Not a Cliché

“Innovation is ‘something different that has impact.’ This intentionally broad definition helps to disarm these three common misconceptions:”

How to Answer 7 of the Most Common Interview Questions

“Interview questions are not as straightforward as they seem, and answering just one question incorrectly may put you out of the running for a job. The moral of the story? Be ready to read between the lines.”

Want To Be A Better Public Speaker? Do What The Pros Do

“Being an effective presenter is critical for anyone who is (or aspires to be) in a leadership position. In fact, certain presentations can be downright career defining. Instead of leaving your speaking success to chance, take these 11 cues from the pros:”

Take Back Your Life in Seven Simple Steps

“How to wrest back control of your attention, so you can make conscious choices that provide long term satisfaction rather than instant but fleeting gratification.”

Wireless Emergency Alerts on Your Mobile Device Coming in June

“The wireless industry, The FCC, and FEMA will roll-out the Wireless Emergency Alerts system nationwide this year. The National Weather Service will start utilizing this by pushing extreme weather warnings over the system in June 2012. Tornado warnings, flash flood warnings and several other high-end warnings will go direct to wireless users in an affected county automatically if their device is compatible.”

Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be.” – Grandma Moses

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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