Workforce Development News – April 14, 2014

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The Behaviors that Define A-Players

“What separates the competent from the exceptional individual performers?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/what-a-players-do/

10 Things Employees Really Need to Hear From You

“Constantly challenge your people, and push them to improve while reassuring them that you believe in them. Everyone, no matter how capable or experienced the person is, appreciates encouragement.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/10-things-employees-desperately-want-to-hear.html

30-Second Strategies for Better Performance and Productivity

“You spend countless hours trying to improve your performance, but sometimes the biggest gains can be made in half a minute.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/30-seconds-to-improve-productivity-and-performance.html

Big Challenges for Recruiting Leaders — The Top 10 Upcoming Recruiting Problems

“Failing to identify and resolve existing recruiting problems may have a large negative impact on your results. Almost everyone is aware of the tactical day-to-day problems in recruiting, but very few recruiting leaders take the time to forecast strategic ‘big picture’ problems that are on the horizon.”
http://www.ere.net/2014/04/07/big-challenges-for-recruiting-leaders-the-top-10-upcoming-recruiting-problems/

6 Types of Employees — and How to Win Each Over

“A new Weber Shandwick report segments employee types, and explains how to communicate with each to make them brand advocates.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48210.aspx

The Sad, Slow Death of America’s Retail Workforce

“There’s never been a better time to be a consumer. It’s not such a happy story for the people on the shopping floor and behind the counters.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/04/the-sad-slow-death-of-americas-retail-workforce/360635/

8 Traits of Top Employees

“Are you resourceful, loyal and confident? If so, your skills are in demand. See if you possess all the traits on this list.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48203.aspx

Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview

“Much of our thinking about our careers and our purpose in the world is about looking forward, thinking about how to make progress toward our ultimate goals. Even those of us living a clear path need to look backward for inspiration and guidance to move our work forward.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/tell-your-whole-story-in-an-interview/

The Skill Set More Than 3/4 of Employers Want

“77 percent of employers say: ‘Highlight your soft skills just as much as hard skills.'”
http://www.theworkbuzz.com/get-the-job/interviews/the-skill-set-more-than-%c2%be-of-employers-want/

Four Ways to Adapt to an Aging Workforce

“Calls to maximize the utility of older workers — by honoring experience, providing training opportunities, and offering flexible work and retirement options — began to sound at least a decade ago. Given demographic trends in the developing world, corporate workforces are set to age significantly in the next few decades. Is your organization ready to adapt?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/four-ways-to-adapt-to-an-aging-workforce/

10 Ways to Lose Friends and Irritate People

“Here are things Dale Carnegie would have said…if he was snarky.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/10-ways-to-lose-friends-and-irritate-out-of-people.html

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.” – Oscar Wilde

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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