Workforce Development News – Jan. 11, 2016

By on January 11, 2016
Employee Engagement Crisis

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The Worldwide Employee Engagement Crisis

“Though companies and leaders worldwide recognize the advantages of engaging employees – and many have instituted surveys to measure engagement – employee engagement has barely budged in well over a decade. Gallup has identified five best practices that improve engagement and performance:”
http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/188033/worldwide-employee-engagement-crisis.aspx

How to Say No to Things You Want to Do

“Good things aren’t necessarily a good use of your time.”
https://hbr.org/2016/01/how-to-say-no-to-things-you-want-to-do

The December Jobs Report in 14 Charts

“Friday’s job report showed employers capped last year with impressive job growth in December. But the jobs report offers far more than just headline numbers.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/01/08/the-december-jobs-report-in-14-charts/

Job Growth Was Great In December, But Can It Last?

“But for all the good news, the outlook for the coming months is uncertain. The new year has begun with a plunging stock market in China, manufacturers are feeling the pinch, and the Federal Reserve which raised interest rates in December and is likely to do so again later this year.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/december-jobs-report/

U.S. Job Creation Strong, but Down Slightly at End of 2015

“42% of employees saying their employer is hiring workers and expanding the size of its workforce, and 12% saying their employer is letting workers go and reducing the size of its workforce. Forty-two percent reported no changes in staffing in their workplaces.”
http://www.gallup.com/poll/188015/job-creation-strong-down-slightly-end-2015.aspx

How Managers Can Promote Healthy Discussions About Race

“Be proactive. The ability to discuss race and racism is vital to being a leader today. Tim Wolfe, former president of the University of Missouri system, did not lose his job because of racist incidents on campus. He lost his job because he didn’t talk about them.”
https://hbr.org/2016/01/how-managers-can-promote-healthy-discussions-about-race

Vital Questions to Ask Before Your Next Interview

“Simply put: Asking questions before the interview is just something you have to do, if you want to land a job.”
Part 1: https://www.recruiter.com/i/4-vital-questions-to-ask-before-your-next-interview/
Part 2: https://www.recruiter.com/i/4-more-vital-questions-to-ask-before-your-next-interview/

Strengths-Based Coaching Can Actually Weaken You

“It’s time for this management fad to end.”
https://hbr.org/2016/01/strengths-based-coaching-can-actually-weaken-you

50 Thoughts That Can Motivate You to Do Anything

“Motivation can be hard to come by, especially in the face of challenges or difficult work. Thoughts are powerful, and negative thoughts can prevent you from achieving your goals. The flip side is that positive thoughts can be just as powerful.”
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/253105

The risk of a wrong decision is preferable to the terror of indecision.” – Maimonides

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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