Workforce Development News – Oct. 2, 2017

By on October 2, 2017
Teach Employees Skills They Don’t Know They Lack

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A 2×2 Matrix to Help You Prioritize the Skills to Learn Right Now

“The modern worker has very little time for learning, and yet continuous learning is vital for anyone who wants to maintain their edge. There’s a significant pressure on us all to learn the right stuff, but how do we identify what that is?”
https://hbr.org/2017/09/a-2×2-matrix-to-help-you-prioritize-the-skills-to-learn-right-now

Give Performance Reviews That Actually Inspire Employees

“For employees, annual performance reviews are like walking into the unknown: sitting down for a long meeting with a manager they may not have talked to in a while, trying to remember what goals they set months ago, defending mistakes they can’t fix and figuring out how to bring up pay in a way that isn’t awkward. Three qualities make performance reviews more effective. Performance reviews should be achievement-oriented, fair and accurate, and developmental.”
http://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/219863/give-performance-reviews-actually-inspire-employees.aspx

Thirteen Facts About Wage Growth

“The U.S. economy has experienced long-term real wage stagnation and a persistent lack of economic progress for many workers.”
https://www.brookings.edu/research/thirteen-facts-about-wage-growth/

About a Third of Americans Would Tell a High Schooler Seeking Career Advice to Enter a STEM-Related Field

“Americans tend to differ over the best career advice to give high school students, with younger adults urging them to follow their dreams and older Americans telling them they should enter occupations STEM fields.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/09/26/about-a-third-of-americans-would-tell-a-high-schooler-seeking-career-advice-to-enter-a-stem-related-field/

Opportunity for Growth

“How reducing barriers to economic inclusion can benefit workers, firms, and local economies.”
https://www.brookings.edu/research/opportunity-for-growth-how-reducing-barriers-to-economic-inclusion-can-benefit-workers-firms-and-local-economies/

How to Teach Employees Skills They Don’t Know They Lack

“Despite the billions of dollars companies spend on employee training, research shows that workers are unconsciously incompetent in 20% to 40% of areas critical to their performance.”
https://hbr.org/2017/09/how-to-teach-employees-skills-they-dont-know-they-lack

Who Advises Vocational Students About Their Major?

“A bachelor’s or graduate degree is not the only route to a financially rewarding career. There are good-paying technical jobs in fields like healthcare and other skilled trades that require some postsecondary training, experience or education, but not a college degree.”
http://news.gallup.com/opinion/gallup/219857/advises-vocational-students-major.aspx

What Recruiters Look For When Hiring

“What Makes A Good Candidate, Quality Sources For Hiring, Social Media Discoveries, Subjectively, Top Deal Breakers, Things Candidates Do, and Talking Money.”
http://careersherpa.net/what-recruiters-look-for-when-hiring-in-2017/

Messing Up a Quick Phone Interview Can Tank Your Chances at the Job

“Phone interviews are increasingly a key part of the hiring process, and doing well at this stage can determine if you make it to an in-person interview or not.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/messing-up-a-quick-phone-interview-can-tank-your-chances-at-the-job-2017-9

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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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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