Workforce Development News – December 14, 2020

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How the Coronavirus Outbreak Has and Hasn’t Changed the Way Americans Work

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How the Coronavirus Outbreak Has – and Hasn’t – Changed the Way Americans Work

“About half of new teleworkers say they have more flexibility now; majority who are working in person worry about virus exposure.”
https://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2020/12/09/how-the-coronavirus-outbreak-has-and-hasnt-changed-the-way-americans-work/

What’s Next for Remote Work: An Analysis of 2,000 Tasks and 800 Jobs

“Hybrid models of remote work are likely to persist in the wake of the pandemic, mostly for a highly educated, well-paid minority of the workforce.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/whats-next-for-remote-work-an-analysis-of-2000-tasks-800-jobs-and-nine-countries

Returning to Work After Lockdown: Lessons from Wuhan

“How companies can promote engagement, productivity, and safety.”
https://hbr.org/2020/12/returning-to-work-after-lockdown-lessons-from-wuhan

How to Bring Employees Back to Work When They’re Getting Vaccinated at Different Times

“People will likely get the vaccine at different times. Here’s what that means for your workplace.”
https://www.inc.com/brit-morse/covid-19-vaccines-workplace-biontech-pfizer-moderna.html

8 Questions Every Manager Should Ask in One-on-One Meetings

“The key to getting employees to share what’s on their minds is asking them the right questions.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/one-on-one-meeting-best-questions

The Black-White Wealth Gap Left Black Households More Vulnerable

“Black households face higher rates of distress during COVID-19. The Black-white wealth gap intensifies the effects of labor market disparities.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/12/08/the-black-white-wealth-gap-left-black-households-more-vulnerable/

More Americans Practicing Strict Social Distancing

“50% are completely or mostly isolating themselves from others, up from 38% last month. Fewer report visiting restaurants, including dining in.”
https://news.gallup.com/poll/327596/americans-practicing-strict-social-distancing.aspx

How To Make Sure People Come Back For Their Second COVID-19 Vaccine Dose

“If people only get one dose, they will not be fully protected, but may behave as if they are. And even worse, there’s a fear that if enough people get only the first injection, the virus could develop resistance to the vaccine.”
https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-to-make-sure-people-come-back-for-their-second-covid-19-vaccine-dose/

American Elites Still Don’t Understand How COVID-19 Works

“Nine months into the pandemic, government leaders can’t comprehend—or refuse to clearly say—what this virus is or how it spreads. In the ninth month of the coronavirus pandemic, America’s public-health response makes as little sense as ever.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/12/americas-bipartisan-covid-19-illiteracy/617368/

Deaths Above Normal are Peaking Now in 21 States

“Deaths nationwide were 19 percent higher than normal from March 15 to Nov. 21. As coronavirus cases spread across the country, the geographic patterns of deaths above normal have followed.”
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/05/us/coronavirus-death-toll-us.html

COVID-19’s Third Wave is Hammering the Midwest

“Until the fall, the pandemic’s impact in the Midwest had been lower than in other regions. But between September and November, the combined average daily new case rate (per 100,000 population) across Midwestern metro areas rose fivefold, from 14.2 to 71.7.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/12/11/covid-19s-third-wave-is-hammering-the-midwest/

Finally, an Answer To: Are Cover Letters Still Necessary?

“Does Anyone Still Read Cover Letters? Do Cover Letters Help You Get a Job? When Do You Absolutely Need a Cover Letter?”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/do-i-need-cover-letter

We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” — Joseph Campbell

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 has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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