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Workforce Development News – July 8, 2013
A weekly collection of interesting, insightful, and innovative articles on workforce development, employment and training, business performance improvement, leadership, higher education, and the economy.
The Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College leverages education for growth in the knowledge economy by offering programs and services designed to advance people, businesses and communities. We are located at the Corporate College, a state of the art facility solely dedicated to corporate education and professional development.
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“The happiest–and most productive–people focus more on what they do, not on what they have. Here’s how it works in practice.”
“What could be easier than chatting with managers you already know? Piece of cake, right? Wrong. Internal interviews require the same rigor as interviews with an external company. They also pose a unique set of challenges.”
“10 percent of people look forward to going to work every day. This is bad news for employers, as it means 90 percent of workers aren’t engaged at their jobs. How can employers turn that number around?”
“When we judge others—especially our leaders—we look first at two characteristics. Why are these traits so important? Because they answer two critical questions. Together, these assessments underlie our emotional and behavioral reactions to other people, groups, and even brands and companies.”
“Firms deal with increased demand for workers in many different ways, which may take some time to register in commonly used wage data. Careful analysis of wages changes and the potential supply for workers indicates some areas where the skill gap could be particularly acute.”
Where are the jobs in our region? Why is there a skills gap in St. Louis? What’s the labor market value of degrees and certificates? How do online degrees compare with traditional degrees? Do employers prefer an experienced worker over a highly-skilled new graduate? How will the Affordable Care Act affect employment levels? All of these questions and more will be discussed at the 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce Seminar.
“Most job seekers approach their job search with a set of beliefs about how the process should work and what will and won’t be effective. Unfortunately, many of those beliefs are wrong.”
“If given the choice, 60 percent of employers would hire mature workers, while only 20 percent would hire Millennials. There is something wrong with this picture.”
“Some people live for making presentations; others consider it their worst nightmare. Don’t waste a presentation opportunity with foolish mistakes. Give it every chance of winning the day.”
“Hiring the wrong person may cost you more than you might think. Not just the cost of recruiting and retraining another person but, for example, the frustration of dealing with a bad employee and, possibly, the cost and stress of a wrongful termination suit. Hiring is critical. Do it wisely:”
“Do less and achieve more–starting today. Adopt some of these easy habits to make it happen.”
“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.” – Leo Tolstoy