Workforce Development News – February 27, 2017

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A Better Metric for the Value of a Worker Training Program

“Don’t mistake a program’s cost for its worth.”
https://hbr.org/2017/02/a-better-metric-for-the-value-of-a-worker-training-program

Most Americans are Hourly Workers

“For many hourly workers, getting a job quickly is the difference between being able to pay the bills or not.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/most-americans-are-hourly-workers/

Let’s Stop Calling Them ‘Soft Skills’

“They might be skills, but they’re not soft.”
https://itsyourturnblog.com/lets-stop-calling-them-soft-skills-9cc27ec09ecb

6 Facts About Black Americans for Black History Month

“Over the past 40 years, blacks have made progress on several fronts, including educational attainment and representation in Congress. Yet large racial gaps persist in areas such as wealth and poverty, and concerns remain about the state of race relations in the country.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/22/6-facts-about-black-americans-for-black-history-month/

Curing the Addiction to Growth

“The destructive obsession with high growth pervades virtually all capitalist economies. Pause and reconsider when high growth is good—and when it’s bad.”
https://hbr.org/2017/01/curing-the-addiction-to-growth

Hiring for the Factory Floor – Are Hard Skills or Soft Skills More Important?

“You are probably better off hiring a smart, trainable person who thinks and behaves the right way. You can always train the technical skills if the person is capable of learning and performing.”
http://www.industryweek.com/ask-expert-lean-leadership/hiring-factory-floor-are-hard-skills-or-soft-skills-more-important

Are Your Star Employees Slipping Away?

“Many employees feel confident and are looking for new jobs. Employees are leaving their jobs for numerous reasons. The more disconnected employees feel, the greater their readiness to job hop.”
Part 1: http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/204218/best-employees-looking-leave.aspx
Part 2: http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/204248/star-employees-slipping-away.aspx

How to Handle Interrupting Colleagues

“Three tactics can help.”
https://hbr.org/2017/02/how-to-handle-interrupting-colleagues

How to Build a Great Reputation

“Your reputation can be your best friend or worst enemy. It can open doors to marvelous opportunities or ensure that every door is slammed right in your face. Here are eight actions that you can take right now to build and defend your reputation.”
http://www.franksonnenbergonline.com/blog/how-to-build-a-great-reputation/

3 Ways to Make Time for the Little Tasks You Never Make Time For

“We’d all like to spend our time at work on high-value activities: setting strategy, fostering innovation, mentoring promising employees, and more. But every professional faces a relentless deluge of low-value work.” Here’s three ways to hand those.
https://hbr.org/2017/02/3-ways-to-make-time-for-the-little-tasks-you-never-make-time-for

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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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