Workforce Development News – April 4, 2016

By on April 4, 2016
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The March Jobs Report in 14 Charts

“Returning to workforce, Prime-age workers, Out of work, School work, Men and women at work, Getting paid, Reasons for Joblessness, Annual returns, Still some slack, Still searching, Is slack shrinking?, Labor market dropouts, What kind of jobs, and Scheduling shifts.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/04/01/the-march-jobs-report-in-14-charts/

The Rising Unemployment Rate Is Good News

“A flat or even slightly rising unemployment rate could be a sign that the job market has room to keep improving. Here’s why:”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-rising-unemployment-rate-is-good-news/

How to Motivate Executives to Embrace Employee Engagement

“Aligning staffers’ values with specific company objectives will generate ideas that will benefit the bottom line—and that’s the sort of metric that the top brass can appreciate.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50960.aspx

Americans’ Views of Job Availability Among Most Positive in Last 15 Years

“44% say there are plenty of jobs available in their community, while slightly more (51%) say jobs are difficult to find. Even as public impressions of job availability have improved, concerns about the cost of living remain widespread.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/04/01/americans-views-of-job-availability-among-most-positive-in-last-15-years/

Revolutionizing Customer Service

“Dramatic turnarounds require counterintuitive strategies.”
https://hbr.org/2016/04/revolutionizing-customer-service

Education Matters

“Even if your career path seems hazy, the data are clear: More education leads to better prospects for earnings and employment.”
http://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2016/data-on-display/education-matters.htm

36 Ways to Streamline Your Writing

“Flabby prose offers little of value to your potential customers. Here’s a reduction plan to make your text leaner and cleaner.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50952.aspx

10 Phrases to Drop From Your Vocabulary

“Whether you are leading a team meeting, presenting to a prospective client, or delivering a keynote speech to a global audience, verbal mistakes will undermine your credibility and distract from your message. If you want to have integrity and influence, drop these phrases from your vocabulary:”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/10-phrases-to-drop-from-your-vocabulary/

5 Daily Habits of Remarkably Happy People

“Happy people are 50 percent more productive than their unhappy co-workers. So why not get happy?”
http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/5-daily-habits-of-remarkably-happy-people.html

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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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