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Workforce Development News – March 10, 2014
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“Despite the fact that employers are in a position to have their pick of the crop, they still can’t find what they’re looking for – a fact which begs the question: Are we dealing with an employment crisis? Or an education crisis?”
“America is in the throes of a huge demographic shift, and a major factor in this sea change is the Millennial generation, which is forging its own distinct path to adulthood compared with older Americans.”
The SMED system is one lean production method for reducing waste in manufacturing processes. It provides a rapid and efficient way of converting a manufacturing process from running the current product to running the next product. This rapid changeover is important to reducing production lot sizes and thereby improving flow. Learn more at the Workforce Solutions Group’s latest Lean training seminar – Quick Changeovers: Using the SMED Process to Improve Productivity and Processes.
“When hiring, U.S. business leaders say the amount of knowledge the candidate has in a field, as well as applied skills, are more important factors than where a candidate attended school or what their college major was.”
“As we all work together, the prospect for continued success is assured.”
“Speaking up feels even more exposing and consequential, spontaneity more unfamiliar, when we’ve spent much of our careers learning to modulate our silence—and being rewarded for it.”
“Know what your audience wants, season your talk with humor, play the contrarian, and offer a tangible takeaway.”
“First you must grab your listeners’ attention – then you need to hold it. Check out these simple techniques that are guaranteed to earn you more attention without losing any of your professional credibility.”
“Want a job that pays well and will have plenty of openings in the next decade? Consider one of these occupations.”
“Find out what your communication style says about your personality.”
“Sure, you work hard. But do you work smart? More important, do you embrace the habits that can propel your success?”
“A 200+ mile backpacking experience through Yosemite National Park captured by Colin Delehanty and Sheldon Neill. This project was filmed over the course of 10 months.” (5:20 Vimeo).
“You are serving a customer, not a life sentence. Learn how to enjoy your work.” – Laurie McIntosh