Workforce Development News – Dec. 28, 2015

By on December 28, 2015
Collaborative Overload

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Collaborative Overload

“Collaboration is taking over the workplace. As business becomes increasingly global and cross-functional, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork is seen as a key to organizational success. But 20% to 35% of value-added collaborations come from only 3% to 5% of employees. But this causes new issues and problems.”
https://hbr.org/2016/01/collaborative-overload

Engaged Employees Less Likely to Have Health Problems

“Actively disengaged employees report more unhealthy days. Engagement may be as important as age for health. Active disengagement negatively affects productivity.”
http://www.gallup.com/poll/187865/engaged-employees-less-likely-health-problems.aspx

Understanding the Debate Over Inequality, Skills, and the Rise of the 1%

“The story of rising inequality is complex, and demand for skills still clearly deserves a chapter.”
https://hbr.org/2015/12/understanding-the-debate-over-inequality-skills-and-the-rise-of-the-1

America’s Middle Class Is Shrinking. So Who’s Leaving It?

“Which industries and occupations are more likely to offer opportunities for middle- and upper-income jobs?”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/14/americas-middle-class-is-shrinking-so-whos-leaving-it/

The New U.S. Digital Divide: Between the Haves and the Have-Mores

“The sectors, firms and people investing more in digital technology are reaping outsized rewards.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/12/17/the-new-u-s-digital-divide-between-the-haves-and-the-have-mores/

18 Career-Boosting Actions That Take 5 Minutes or Less

“These quick fixes can expand your network, start your job search and increase your visibility online.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2015-12-16/18-career-boosting-actions-that-take-5-minutes-or-less

7 Better Ways to Answer “What Do You Do?”

“The question ‘What do you do?’ has basically become synonymous with ‘Who are you?’ When labels go wrong, they can lead to stereotypes. Avoid the fast track to the pigeon-hole with the following ways to come up with a more compelling answer.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/7-better-ways-to-answer-what-do-you-do-1

5 Reasons You Should Stop Seeking Other People’s Approval for Your Career Choices

“Yes, there’s a lot to be said for the importance of talking over the pros and cons of your career decisions in order to make a thoughtful and careful selection. But you need to move forward with what you think is best.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/5-reasons-you-should-stop-seeking-other-peoples-approval-for-your-career-choices

Five Lessons You Can Only Learn By Accident

“Trust your instincts. There are decisions you have to make for yourself. You’ll never regret doing the right thing. Speak up when it matters. Worrying is a waste of time.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2015/12/24/five-lessons-you-can-only-learn-by-accident/

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway

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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