Workforce Development News – Dec. 7, 2015

By on December 7, 2015
Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

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Proof That Positive Work Cultures Are More Productive

“Employees prefer workplace wellbeing to material benefits. Wellbeing comes from one place, and one place only — a positive culture. The qualities of a positive workplace culture boils down to six essential characteristics:”
https://hbr.org/2015/12/proof-that-positive-work-cultures-are-more-productive

6 Traits Every Manager Secretly Wants In a New Hire

“Employees should aim to meet these spoken and unspoken professional expectations.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/12/02/6-traits-every-manager-secretly-wants-in-a-new-hire

The Intangible Things Employees Want from Employers

“Understand the me-to-we continuum.”
https://hbr.org/2015/12/the-intangible-things-employees-want-from-employers

The November Jobs Report in 14 Charts

“Find out who’s out of work, not participating, getting paid, at school, hiring, jobless, and still searching.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/12/04/the-november-jobs-report-in-14-charts/

Apprenticeships Help Close the Skills Gap

“Apprenticeship programs provide great value to apprentices and employers.”
http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2015/12/02/op-ed-apprenticeships-help-close-the-skills-gap

Find Innovation Where You Least Expect It

“When it comes to innovation, businesses are constantly hampered by functional fixedness and other cognitive biases that cause people to overlook elegant solutions hidden in plain sight.”
https://hbr.org/2015/12/find-innovation-where-you-least-expect-it

How to Answer the Question Always Asked in Job Interviews

“Here is a five-step plan on how to pitch yourself to others – without going off topic:”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/answer-question-asked-job-interviews/

7 Questions You’ll Probably Be Asked in Your Exit Interview

“Quitting your job was stressful enough. But, having to attend a meeting in order to explain all of the nitty-gritty details of why you’re quitting?”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/7-questions-youll-probably-be-asked-in-your-exit-interview

6 Rules for Using Gestures in Presentations

“Audiences like speakers who talk with their hands, but not every gesture is a good one. Follow these tips to ensure your hand movements are enhancing—not sabotaging—your speech.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50460.aspx

Mastering the Art of ‘Just Start’

“Getting started is about understanding and overcoming the obstacles—be they mental, emotional, or physical—that hold us back from diving right in.”
http://www.helpscout.net/blog/procrastination-habits-productivity/

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” – Mary Poppins

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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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