Workforce Development News – Sept. 4, 2012

By on September 4, 2012
What Makes Work Worth Doing?

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What Makes Work Worth Doing?

“First, make sure that the work you give employees actually serves a purpose for someone or something they value. Second, make sure that employees understand how their own everyday actions contribute to that goal.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/hbsfaculty/2012/08/what-makes-work-worth-doing.html

10 Smart Rules for Giving Negative Feedback

“Here’s how to handle employees when a kick in the rear is more appropriate than a pat on the back.”
http://business.time.com/2012/08/23/10-smart-rules-for-giving-negative-feedback/

Storytelling: The Secret Weapon To Wow A Hiring Manager

“’So, tell me a little about yourself.’ Almost every job interview starts with this question and, in almost every case, the answer is a missed opportunity.”
http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/importance-story-telling-job-interview/

6 Career-Propelling Secrets Your Boss May Not Even Know

“It’s worth learning the traits that can make you a career superhero.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/cherylsnappconner/2012/08/30/6-career-propelling-secrets-your-boss-may-not-even-know/

Shortage of Educated Workers Boosts U.S. Joblessness

“Cities with larger gaps in education levels between workers and available positions have lower rates of job creation and new openings.”
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-29/shortage-of-educated-workers-boosts-u-s-joblessness.html

Our Low-Wage Recovery: How McJobs Have Replaced Middle Class Jobs

“Mid-wage jobs, such as construction trades and secretaries, accounted for 60 percent of our employment drop during the recession but made up just 22 percent of the recovery. Low-wage occupations, such as retail and food service workers, made up 21 percent of the losses and 58 percent of growth.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/08/our-low-wage-recovery-how-mcjobs-have-replaced-middle-class-jobs/261839/

Fall 2012 St. Louis Industry Insights Seminars

Today’s workplace is more competitive than ever. To help you maintain an edge, St. Louis Community College is offering a series of expert insights into the issues that are impacting the economy, the job market and specific industries, as well as advice for how to succeed in this environment. As an extension of the State of St. Louis Workforce report, we invite you to join us as we take a closer look at the facts presented by local experts and see how these industries are impacting the local job market and economy. Breakfast included. $49 per session.
http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1101694012919-745/Industry_Insights_fall2012.pdf

Is US Manufacturing Finally Getting Back to Work?

“Manufacturing has a huge impact on job and income formation and, due to very high multiplier effects, tends to be a significant player when we talk local economic development. Several sources wrote about how U.S. manufacturing is actually performing quite well when compared to China and Europe. To get a better handle on the bright spots, we looked deep into our most recent dataset to see what stands out.”
http://www.economicmodeling.com/2012/08/29/is-us-manufacturing-finally-getting-back-to-work/

6 Steps to Getting More Stuff Done

“Technology’s great, but it can distract us to the point where productivity suffers. Here’s how to minimize the disruptions.”
http://www.inc.com/karl-and-bill/6-steps-to-getting-more-stuff-done.html

10 Reasons Why Some People Love What They Do

“These individuals experience a consistent contentment with what they do.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2012/08/28/10-reasons-why-some-people-love-what-they-do/

I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks, but for the ledger of our daily work.” – Neil Armstrong

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 is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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