Workforce Development News – September 25, 2018

By on September 25, 2018
Skills Gap Hampering Manufacturing Growth

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A 6-Part Tool for Ranking and Assessing Risks

“Leaders can benefit from CARVER, a system created by U.S. intelligence during World War II.”
https://hbr.org/2018/09/a-6-part-tool-for-ranking-and-assessing-risks

What Is Support-Driven Growth?

“Support-Driven Growth is a business approach aimed at shifting the customer support channel from cost center to critical revenue driver.”
https://www.helpscout.net/blog/support-driven-growth/

Graduates With Good Job Upon Graduation Earn More, Faster

“College graduates’ first job out of college is particularly critical because it can set them on a career trajectory that is difficult to change.”
https://news.gallup.com/poll/242336/graduates-good-job-upon-graduation-earn-faster.aspx

People Who Graduate During Recessions Earn Less Money — but They’re Happier

“Nine months after graduation, only 56% of the class of 2010 had found a job, many in low-paying or temporary roles. These early career experiences appear to have lasting negative consequences for later career success.”
https://hbr.org/2018/09/people-who-graduate-during-recessions-earn-less-money-but-theyre-happier

3 Requirements for a Diverse and Inclusive Culture

“Employees in inclusive environments feel appreciated for their unique characteristics and therefore comfortable sharing their ideas and other aspects of their true and authentic selves.”
https://www.gallup.com/workplace/242138/requirements-diverse-inclusive-culture.aspx

Older Workers Account for All Net Job Growth Since 2000

“Two important trends contributed to the rapid increase in the share of older worker employment: a rapid increase in the share of older people in the population and diverging employment-to-population ratios by age group.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2018/september/staff-pick-older-workers-account-almost-all-job-growth-2000

Skills Gap Hampering Manufacturing Growth

“Despite the clear need for stronger training and development, only 41% agree their company trains people to develop skills.”
https://www.industryweek.com/talent/skills-gap-hampering-manufacturing-growth-tooling-u-sme-report

Employee Engagement on the Rise in the U.S.

“‘Actively disengaged’ percentage is down to 13%, a new low.”
https://news.gallup.com/poll/241649/employee-engagement-rise.aspx

After Decades of Pushing Bachelor’s Degrees, U.S. Needs More Tradespeople

“There are an estimated 30 million jobs that pay at least $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.”
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/education/decades-pushing-bachelors-degrees-u-s-needs-tradespeople

How to Help Employees Tell Their Stories and Create a Personal Brand

“Here are the ‘three Ps’ for learning leaders to help employees build an effective framework for establishing a personal brand and marketing oneself.”
https://www.clomedia.com/2018/09/21/how-to-help-employees-tell-their-stories-and-create-a-personal-brand/

A 4-Step Plan to Make Your Q&A More Audience-Friendly

“Preparation will make even a casual Q&A more useful for your audience.”
https://hbr.org/2018/09/a-4-step-plan-to-make-your-qa-more-audience-friendly

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.” – Bill Gates

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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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