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Workforce Development News – July 14, 2014
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“Hiring managers are taking much longer to fill open positions. While many human resources managers cite structural issues like the skills gap as a key explanation, recruitment strategy plays a crucially important role. What a surprising number of them are (and in some cases aren’t) doing is effectively making it much more difficult to find the right person for the job.”
“These HR policies are rooted in fear and guaranteed to drive smart and capable people into the arms of competitors.”
“Buried in the decent employment rates and okay wages among young workers are a few puzzles worth exploring.”
“All organizations have problems, and they always involve people. Talent management issues are a major cause of organizational underperformance. These five specific bad talent habits threaten the effectiveness of the modern organization.”
Dr. Emmons of the Center for Household Financial Stability of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis charts the economic and financial challenges of Generations X and Y.
“Community colleges are in the thick of combating local training gaps, largely because they’re best equipped to address them. This report explores in-demand sectors to give colleges a better handle on the economic and labor market landscape that students will face.”
“Next time you have a conversation you’re dreading, lead with the part you’re dreading. Get to the conclusion in the first sentence. It’s a simple move that few of us make consistently because it requires emotional courage.”
“If you really want to see your efforts pay off, you must be more strategic. Many employees tend to ignore the big picture that influences whether or not they get a promotion.”
“A complex issue is identified. A diverse, cross-functional team is assembled to solve it. Key stakeholders are gathered. Information is collected. Options are debated. Approval is sought. And then… nothing happens.” Stop this “potent blend of abdication, confusion, and indecision” with these two questions.
“The business of business is simple. All you really need is what’s listed in this post.”
“There are so many articles on using social media for your business that it’s easy to go into information-overload. Here’s some guidance, direction, and inspiration in terms of social media research and best practices.”
“A few small changes can make you more organized and efficient. Take a look.”
“Be generous and expert, trustworthy and clear, open-minded and adaptable, persistent and present.”
“Efficiency is doing the thing right. Effectiveness is doing the right thing.” – Peter Drucker