Workforce Development News – Feb. 9, 2015

By on February 9, 2015
America's Advanced Industries

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America’s Advanced Industries – Why They Matter

“Advanced industries represent a sizable economic anchor for the U.S. economy and have led the post-recession employment recovery.”
http://www.brookings.edu/research/reports2/2015/02/03-advanced-industries

Unemployment Has Changed. Unemployment Benefits Haven’t.

“Nearly 3 million Americans have been out of work for more than six months. Long-term unemployment remains higher today than at the peak of any previous recession. The problem appears to be at least partially structural: The amount of time the typical person remains out of work has been trending upward for decades.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/unemployment-has-changed-unemployment-benefits-havent/

College Is Just the Beginning

“While colleges and universities spend $407 billion on post-secondary education and training, employers spend even more. Employers spend $177 billion on formal training annually and an additional $413 billion on informal on-the-job training.”
https://cew.georgetown.edu/report/trilliontrainingsystem/

How to Build a Meaningful Career

“What practical steps can you take today or this month to make sure you’re not just toiling away at your desk but you’re doing something you genuinely care about?”
https://hbr.org/2015/02/how-to-build-a-meaningful-career

7 Steps to Deliver Better Customer Experiences

“Most companies are using an incomplete definition of customer experience, and have incomplete tools and approaches to design and manage it.”
https://hbr.org/2015/02/7-steps-to-deliver-better-customer-experiences

Are You Truly Giving Candidates a Great Experience?

“78 percent of candidates who had a bad experience with an employer would share that experience with friends and family; 32 percent of candidates would be less likely to purchase products from companies that gave them poor candidate experiences.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/are-you-truly-giving-candidates-a-great-experience/

Want Results? Fix Accountability

“If employees don’t know what results the company needs to achieve, they won’t invest the energy needed to attack obstacles, solve problems and create solutions.”
http://www.clomedia.com/articles/6059-want-results-fix-accountability

10 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees Happy

“Don’t lose your best performers to your competitors. Follow these tips to keep your top talent not only satisfied, but eager, motivated, and thinking about big new ideas.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/49280.aspx

Illusion of Lights: A Journey into the Unseen

“Beginning with the dazzling chaos of urban light pollution, the film takes you on a magnificent trip across pristine wilderness areas and shares with you the wonders of our night skies with scene after scene of unique and detailed views from locations few will ever encounter.”
http://vimeo.com/116596945

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

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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