Workforce Development News – June 10, 2013

By on June 10, 2013
Ways To Engage Those Who Aren’t

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Attend the 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce – August 7, 2013

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.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2013/attend-august-7-2013-state-st-louis-workforce-event/

70% Disengagement – 3 Ways To Engage Those Who Aren’t

“Fewer than 1 in 3 (30%) American workers are committed to the success of their organization and are engaged in their work. Over half (52%) are ‘disengaged’ – defined as ‘less emotionally connected’ and not willing to do any more than necessary to keep their job.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/margiewarrell/2013/06/07/70-disengagement-3-ways-to-engage-those-who-arent/

2 Sentences That Engage Customers

“To get customers interested in what you’re selling, make your sales message about your customers.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/2-sentences-that-engage-customers.html

What Anonymous Feedback Will (and Won’t) Tell You

“Enabling respondents to comment without being linked to their responses actually catalyzes the situation the survey is designed to overcome: It seeks to create increased accountability using a process that lacks transparency and precludes accountability. If team members are reluctant to have their names associated with their responses, then you’ve already identified what is probably the most significant problem in your team — lack of trust.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/06/confidential_surveys_undermine.html

The Premium From a College Degree

“The rate of return on an investment in college education exceeds the historical return on practically any conventional investment, including stocks, bonds, and real estate.”
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/the-premium-from-a-college-degree/

7 Ways to Make Presentations More Convincing

“Presentations are more persuasive when they touch both mind and heart at multiple levels.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/7-ways-to-make-presentations-more-convincing.html

20 Pieces of Advice for Young Professionals

“After 30 years in the working world, a onetime ‘big-haired career rookie’ offers tips and tactics for surviving and succeeding in the workplace.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/46825.aspx

The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity

“You don’t mean to do it, but in most offices it’s hard to avoid. Bosses, don’t give in to this time-suck.”
http://www.inc.com/ilya-pozin/the-no-1-way-to-kill-productivity.html

Which Behaviors Must Leaders Avoid?

“If you want to empower, engage, or motivate others, don’t just focus on increasing your positive behaviors. Pay attention to what you need to stop doing as well. Why? Because people remember the bad more than the good.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/which_behaviors_do_leaders_mos.html

Employment vs. Unemployment: Different Stories from the Jobs Numbers

“Many economists like to look at the employment-population ratio, a measurement of employed people as a percentage of the entire civilian non-institutional population.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/06/07/employment-vs-unemployment-different-stories-from-the-jobs-numbers/

6 Things Really Happy People Do

“Are you tired of settling for just being content? Here is how really happy people stay that way.”
http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/6-things-really-happy-people-do.html

Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford

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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