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Workforce Development News – Sept. 22, 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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“The workplace can be an extremely difficult place at times, even more so if leadership does not set the right tone to help their employees overcome the toughest times. Make sure your leadership journey stays on the right track.”
“Instead of trying to change the way people think, we should change the environment in which they are making decisions. These changes need not involve a lot of time and effort to implement; in fact, very simple adjustments can produce powerful benefits for individuals and organizations.”
Our 4-page summary infographic tells the St. Louis STEM workforce story in five clusters: Why STEM?, Finding the Right Skills, Finding the Right People, STEM Pays, and Employer Outlook.
Insights and reactions to the 2014 State of St. Louis STEM Workforce report by Alan Spell (MERIC), Steve Long (STLCC), John Gaal (St. Louis Carpenters’ District), Brian Crouse (Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry), Ron Nunn (STLCC), Gail Stewart (Pathways to Prosperity), Dick Fleming (Community Development Ventures, Inc.), Dr. Derek Bartlem (KWS Gateway Research Center), and Ann Cuiellette Marr (World Wide Technology, Inc.). For more information, or to download the report, visit STLCC.edu/STLworkforce. (Video, 3:16).
“About one third of employees report that a lack of skills held them back from making more money; a third also report that inadequate skills caused them to miss a promotion or to not get a job; and 54% report that they do not already know everything they need to know in order to do their current jobs.”
“With median wages of $35.07 per hour, opportunities for workers of nearly every education level, and a promising career path, it’s a compelling option for folks who enjoy fast-paced jobs involving lots of strategy, management, and problem-solving.”
“The concept of management is fuzzy because it’s consistently evolving to meet the needs of, motivate and inspire the best outcomes in the workforce. Here’s a chart of what’s happening in the evolutionary role of the manager.”
“Looking for STEM talent? Struggling with a skills gap? Your best candidates might be searching for part-time jobs.”
“We need to be more thoughtful about our information consumption, resisting the allure of the mental equivalent of ‘junk food’ in order to allocate our time and attention most effectively. So what can we do?”
“Overcoming disconnects between the desire for new technologies and the realities of implementation can mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to learning technology.”
“Time to rethink your assumptions about the hiring process.”
“Here is a comprehensive list of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Instagram features you may not have heard about.”
“These real-life emails prove that corporate bureaucrats can be sillier than anyone thought possible.”
“A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.” – John Maxwell