Workforce Development News – May 8, 2017

By on May 8, 2017
Future of Jobs and Jobs Training

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The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training

“As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands.”
http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/03/the-future-of-jobs-and-jobs-training/

The U.S. Job Market Is On A Historic Growth Streak

“Hiring was strong in April. If that sounds unremarkable, or even boring, it’s perhaps worth reflecting on why: The recovery in the U.S. job market has been remarkable for its durability and resilience.”
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-u-s-job-market-is-on-a-historic-growth-streak/

Three Takeaways From the April Jobs Report

“The U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell to a 10-year low.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/05/april-jobs-report/525579/

Why Germany Still Has So Many Middle-Class Manufacturing Jobs

“48% of the mid-sized world market leaders come from Germany. These firms create jobs, grow GDP, and are disproportionately innovative.”
https://hbr.org/2017/05/why-germany-still-has-so-many-middle-class-manufacturing-jobs

In St. Louis, Finding A Path to Success for An American Middleweight in The Global Economy

“St. Louis balances slower growth and weaker traded sectors with skilled talent and innovative universities.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2017/05/05/in-st-louis-finding-a-path-to-success-for-an-american-middleweight-in-the-global-economy/

Why Office Communication is Highly Valued and Often Ignored

“A huge number of employees don’t trust their bosses, and it’s not hard to figure out why.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/283844

How to React to Biased Comments at Work

“Don’t apologize or accuse.”
https://hbr.org/2017/05/how-to-react-to-biased-comments-at-work

3 Ways Mission-Driven Workplaces Perform Better

“While most business leaders can articulate their organization’s mission, most employees feel disconnected from it. What’s more, most workers do not see how your mission matters to them personally.”
http://www.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/209849/ways-mission-driven-workplaces-perform-better.aspx

Unconscious Gender Bias Still Obstructs Women in Manufacturing

“‘Second generation’ bias erects powerful but subtle and often invisible barriers for women that arise from cultural assumptions and organizational structures, practices, and patterns of interaction that inadvertently benefit men while putting women at a disadvantage.”
http://www.industryweek.com/workforce/unconscious-gender-bias-still-obstructs-women-manufacturing

How to Capture Value from Collaboration, Especially If You’re Skeptical About It

“Collaboration all too often feels inefficient (search and coordination costs eat up time), risky (can I trust others to deliver for my client?), low value (our own area of expertise always seems most critical), and political (a sneaky way of self-promoting to other areas of one’s firm). Start by understanding what it is — and isn’t.”
https://hbr.org/2017/05/how-to-capture-value-from-collaboration-especially-if-youre-skeptical-about-it

Solving problems means listening.” – Richard Branson

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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