Workforce Development News – Jan. 4, 2016

By on January 4, 2016
Setting and Achieving Goals

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What We Learned About Management in 2015, in 25 Charts and Graphics

CEOs, presenting, careers and gender, digital readiness, meetings, productivity and income, women in STEM, strategy, effective leadership, employee recognition, quitting, persuasiveness, patents, thinking, jobs and social skills, retargeting, beer, vacations, robots, selling, fair pay, corporate revenue, job pitches, and strategy frameworks.
https://hbr.org/2015/12/charts-2015

15 Striking Findings From 2015

Government trust, middle class, immigrants, equal rights, Millennials, social media, ISIS, Islam, organized religion, multiracial Americans, science-related issues, climate change, and Senate reporting.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/22/15-striking-findings-from-2015/

Gallup’s Top 10 Well-Being Discoveries of 2015

“The U.S. uninsured rate continues to fall. The obesity rate inches up again. Young black males suffer a well-being deficit.”
http://www.gallup.com/poll/187967/gallup-top-discoveries-2015.aspx

Why Job Growth Could Get Even Worse for Men Without College Degrees

“Many of the fastest-growing jobs over the next decade could accelerate the labor-market polarization that has bred deep anxieties over the state of the U.S. economy.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/12/31/why-job-growth-could-get-even-worse-for-men-without-college-degrees/

Americans Conflicted About Sharing Personal Information With Companies

“Adults said they were confused over information provided in company privacy policies, discouraged by the amount of effort needed to understand the implications of sharing their data, and impatient because they wanted to learn more about the information-sharing process but felt they needed to make a decision right away.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/30/americans-conflicted-about-sharing-personal-information-with-companies/

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

“If you can’t find time to think, it probably means that you haven’t organized your firm, unit, or team very well, and you are busy putting out little fires all the time. It also means that you are at risk of leading your company astray.”
https://hbr.org/2015/09/5-strategy-questions-every-leader-should-make-time-for

4 Mistakes Not to Make When Answering “Why Are You Interested in This Position?”

“Your answer says a lot about all of the most important things the interviewer will be evaluating: your skills, your cultural fit, and your interest.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-mistakes-not-to-make-when-answering-why-are-you-interested-in-this-position-1

What Hiring Managers Wish You Knew About Applying for a Job

How hiring managers answered “What things could job applicants do that would make your job easier?” and “What are things few job seekers do but absolutely should?”
http://lifehacker.com/what-hiring-managers-wish-you-knew-about-applying-for-a-1734125179

5 Things to Understand About Phone Screen Interviews

“Before you can interview with a hiring manger, here’s how to succeed in a phone screen.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2015-12-22/5-things-to-understand-about-phone-screen-interviews

The Science of Setting and Achieving Goals

“Rather than letting your to-do list or set of goals overwhelm you, break down what you’re trying to achieve into the smallest, most attainable steps and focus on being realistic about what you can get done.”
http://www.helpscout.net/blog/goal-setting/

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” – Marvin Phillips

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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