Workforce Development News – March 17, 2014

By on March 17, 2014
Why Good Managers Are So Rare

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Why Good Managers Are So Rare

“Companies have wasted time, energy, and resources hiring the wrong managers and then attempting to train them to be who they’re not. Finding great managers doesn’t depend on market conditions or the current labor force. And the good news is that sufficient management talent exists in every company – it’s often hiding in plain sight.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/why-good-managers-are-so-rare/

Why Companies Fail To Engage Today’s Workforce

“86% of business and HR leaders believe they do not have an adequate leadership pipeline, 79% believe they have a significant retention and engagement problem, 75% are struggling to attract and recruiting the top people they need, and only 17% feel they have a compelling and engaging employment brand.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshbersin/2014/03/15/why-companies-fail-to-engage-todays-workforce-the-overwhelmed-employee/

5 Scientific Principles of Success

“Want to know what it takes to succeed? Forget conjecture and opinion. Here’s the answer, backed up by scientific research.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/5-scientific-principles-of-business-success.html

9 Things You Should Tell Your Boss At Your Next Performance Review

“You’re part of a team, and talking about what’s working, what’s not, and what would make you a better professional can only help your boss be a stronger leader. Plus, it’s a great chance to show that you’re committed to your success—and to the company’s.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2014/03/12/9-things-you-should-tell-your-boss-at-your-next-performance-review/

Background Checks

What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background_checks_employees.cfm
What Employers Need to Know
http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/publications/background_checks_employers.cfm

11 Simple Ways To Show Your Employees You Care

“Employees who feel valued and appreciated by their leaders are infinitely more likely to go above and beyond for the company and hold themselves accountable for their part of a project. Most importantly, they will be happier in their roles. If leaders disregard the importance of connecting with employees, they lose the benefit of a dedicated, long-term team.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2014/03/10/11-simple-ways-to-show-your-employees-you-care/

Corporate Services Training and Consulting Solutions Catalog

The Corporate Services Training and Consulting Solutions Catalog is a quick reference to the results-driven training and consulting offerings of the Corporate Services unit of the Workforce Solutions Group.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2014/corporate-services-training-consulting-solutions-catalog/

5 More Unexpected Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

“More suggestions to help you make your day more productive without putting in extra hours.”
http://blog.bufferapp.com/5-more-ways-to-work-smarter-not-harder

10 Stupid Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

“’Any negative questions are trap questions – if you answer them in a straightforward way you can dig a deep hole for yourself.’ Beyond negative questions, there are also ‘flat out dumb, stupid questions.’ The problem is that interviewers ask them of 42-year-old midcareer professionals.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/03/13/10-stupid-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them/

The Best (and Worst) Words to Have on Your Résumé

“Given the amount of time your résumé has to make an impression, it should come as no surprise that your choice of words can be exactly the reason you aren’t brought in for an interview. Employers don’t simply want to know what you think about yourself; they want to see results.”
http://www.theworkbuzz.com/get-the-job/resume/the-best-and-worst-words-to-have-on-your-resume/

Infographic: Common Writing Mistakes Bloggers Make

“Blogs call for a lot of content, and churning out all those posts makes conditions ripe for mistakes. Here are the most common ones to avoid.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48038.aspx

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool

“Life happens in the narratives we tell one another. A story can go where quantitative analysis is denied admission: our hearts. Data can persuade people, but it doesn’t inspire them to act; to do that, you need to wrap your vision in a story that fires the imagination and stirs the soul.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/03/the-irresistible-power-of-storytelling-as-a-strategic-business-tool/

5 Powerful Notes to Write That Will Change Your Life

“How? When you give, you also receive.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/5-powerful-notes-to-write-that-will-change-your-life.html

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”
– John F. Kennedy

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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