Workforce Development News – Sept. 14, 2015

By on September 14, 2015
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The Best Places to Find a Job if You Don’t Have a Four-Year College Degree

“Working-class jobs with decent pay haven’t completely dried up. Registered nurses, truck drivers, bookkeepers, supervisors in the retail industry, policemen, admin assistants and electricians are some of the most prevalent opportunity occupations.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/09/10/the-best-places-to-find-a-job-if-you-dont-have-a-four-year-college-degree/

5 Mistakes Employers Make When Onboarding New Hires

“It is amazing to think that employers will on average spend roughly $3,500 on a new hire, and yet only 32 percent of them have formal onboarding programs in place to properly engage and retain those very same new hires. The reality is that the majority of new hires are left to sink or swim on their own.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/5-mistakes-employers-make-when-onboarding-new-hires/

The Future and How to Survive It

“Playing to win and the new global competition for corporate profits.”
https://hbr.org/2015/10/the-future-and-how-to-survive-it

7 Hallmarks of Outstanding Employers

“Engagement can be elusive in many workplaces. Take these cues from organizations that keep their employees motivated and committed to big-picture objectives.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50144.aspx

Most Millennials Resist the ‘Millennial’ Label

“Millennials will soon become the nation’s largest living generation. They already have surpassed Generation X to make up the largest share of the U.S. workforce.”
http://www.people-press.org/2015/09/03/most-millennials-resist-the-millennial-label/

Why More and More Companies Are Ditching Performance Ratings

“The idea of removing ratings drives many HR executives a little crazy because companies love to quantify and analyze almost everything. Around 70% of companies are now reconsidering their performance management strategy. There are four, clear reasons the trend is gaining momentum:”
https://hbr.org/2015/09/why-more-and-more-companies-are-ditching-performance-ratings

5 Essentials Your Business Plan Probably Lacks

“A brilliant strategy and flawless tactical execution aren’t enough. You’ve got to plan for the human side of things.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/5-essentials-your-business-plan-lacks.html

Strengthening Skills Training and Career Pathways across the Transportation Industry

“The U.S. Departments of Education, Transportation, and Labor have worked together and with industry stakeholders to project the employment and skill needs of the transportation industry over the next ten years.”
https://s3.amazonaws.com/PCRN/docs/Strengthening_Skills_Training_and_Career_Pathways_Across_Transportation_Industry_Fact_Sheet.pdf

Top 10 Guidelines Your Internal Social Media Plan Should Include

“Print out this checklist as a starting point to train employees to use social media.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50143.aspx

A Look at What the Public Knows and Does Not Know About Science

“There are substantial differences among Americans when it comes to knowledge and understanding of science topics. Those with higher education levels are more likely to know answers to questions about science. There are also times when gender, age, race and ethnicity matter.”
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/09/10/what-the-public-knows-and-does-not-know-about-science/

The Powerful Effect of Noticing Good Things at Work

“Evolution and the survival imperative have attuned human beings to pay careful attention to all things negative. But positive experiences — even small ones — provide you with valuable resources that can be used to reduce stress.”
https://hbr.org/2015/09/the-powerful-effect-of-noticing-good-things-at-work

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” – Greg Anderson

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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