Workforce Development News – June 5, 2017

By on June 5, 2017
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Don’t Worry About The Job Market Yet, But Pay Attention

“The record streak of job growth kept going in May, but the economy may be starting to flash some warning signs.”
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/dont-worry-about-the-job-market-yet-but-pay-attention/

Making Sense of The Monthly Jobs Numbers: Terms and Definitions

“There are many different measures out there to keep track of—the employment rate, the labor force participation rate, the unemployment rate—and each tells us something different about the health of the labor market and the position of various groups.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/social-mobility-memos/2017/06/01/making-sense-of-the-monthly-jobs-numbers-terms-and-definitions/

Job Openings Remain Near Record Highs in U.S.

“Nationally, workers appear to be in shortest supply in two service sectors: professional/business services and healthcare/social assistance.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/06/02/job-openings-remain-near-record-highs-in-u-s/

These Are The Jobs Most Vulnerable to The Robot Revolution

“Robots will take over half of today’s jobs in 10-20 years.”
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/this-chart-spells-out-in-black-and-white-just-how-many-jobs-will-be-lost-to-robots-2017-05-31

Customer Happiness Shouldn’t Be a Novelty

“Inspiring your customers to fall in love with your company requires more than grand gestures. It takes an ongoing investment of consistently great service. By incorporating a few core principles into your business model, customer happiness can be integrated into everything you do.”
https://www.helpscout.net/blog/happy-customer-service/

You Just Had a Difficult Conversation at Work. Here’s What to Do Next

“It’s actually really important to be able to follow up after a tough conversation. What specifically should you do and say to make things less awkward and to move forward, while also making sure that you’re actually making some progress on the points that were discussed?”
https://hbr.org/2017/05/you-just-had-a-difficult-conversation-at-work-heres-what-to-do-next

7 Manager Mistakes with Costly Consequences

“How HR can help prevent the missteps that could cost your company big in court.”
https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/0617/Pages/7-manager-mistakes-with-costly-consequences.aspx

7 Interview Questions to Help You Spot Top Performers

“Recruitment is a difficult, expensive, and time-consuming process. Certain questions can help you determine how motivated an individual is, what their work style is, how independent they are, and how they will fit in with your company.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/7-interview-questions-to-help-you-spot-top-performers/

5 Questions to Ask About Corporate Culture to Get Beyond the Usual Meaningless Blather

“All leaders should be able to answer them.”
https://hbr.org/2017/06/5-questions-to-ask-about-corporate-culture-to-get-beyond-the-usual-meaningless-blather

8 Ways to Stand Out and Build A Reputation of Excellence

“You want the people you work with to perceive you as someone who cares about the work you do and the people you work with. It is up to you, each and every day, to bring the best version of yourself to work.”
http://careersherpa.net/8-ways-to-stand-out-build-reputation-of-excellence/

The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” – Steve Jobs

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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