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Workforce Development News – July 28, 2014
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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“Service breakdowns are uncomfortable, and they require training to resolve. But you’ll find an opportunity hidden inside your company’s worst moments: the opportunity to bring a customer closer to you. Here’s how.”
“People simply want to believe that their issue matters to you, and that you don’t see them as ‘Complaining Person #5589.’ What you say and how you say it thus greatly affects the outcome.”
“For the lone professional, getting control over your workload and schedule is daunting. But knowing the difference between what people say will work and what actually does may be the first step in the right direction.”
“Is there a shortage of STEM-trained professionals or not?”
“STEM graduates have relatively low unemployment, however these graduates are not necessarily employed in STEM occupations.”
Interactive graphic: https://www.census.gov/dataviz/visualizations/stem/stem-html/
“Employees are telecommuting, offices are adopting open floor plans, and dress codes are loosening up. Not sure how to stay professional amid the changes? Here’s some advice.”
“Often employees assume there is a key initiative, a specific action, a high-visibility project, or a critical role they should take on…and if they do, a promotion is just about guaranteed. Attitude informs action. Attitude informs behavior. Attitude is the driving force behind every achievement, every accomplishment, and every success. Attitude, where performance and therefore advancement is concerned, is everything.”
“Career advancement is as much about who you know as what you know—and that’s exactly why being a powerful networker is so important.”
“You live in the golden age of ceaseless self-promotion, but that doesn’t mean your every exhale needs to contain a horn-tooting statement.”
“Are we really more productive than our mothers and fathers, or does better technology just give us more time to kvetch about how busy we are?”
Fun music video from “Weird Al” Yankovic, especially for English majors and professional writers (YouTube, 3:45).
“Customer satisfaction is worthless. Customer loyalty is priceless.” – Jeffrey Gitomer