Workforce Development News – November 2, 2020

By on November 2, 2020
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5 Ways COVID-19 Has Impacted Working Parents in the U.S.

“Throughout the pandemic, parents in the U.S. have faced unique challenges, as day care centres and schools closed. Initially women were being worse hit, but over the first six months of COVID-19, men too have been cutting back their hours.”
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/10/parents-work-us-united-states-mothers-fathers-white-black-hispanic

Building Supportive Ecosystems for Black-Owned U.S. Businesses

“The right business ecosystems can mitigate or negate the effects of structural obstacles to business building for Black business owners—and add $290 billion in business equity.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/public-and-social-sector/our-insights/building-supportive-ecosystems-for-black-owned-us-businesses

Why Hiring During COVID Is Different Than in Previous Downturns

“Job candidates have more leverage than they once did.”
https://hbr.org/2020/10/why-hiring-during-covid-is-different-than-in-previous-downturns

COVID in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count

“Case numbers in the United States have reached alarming new records in recent days as outbreaks continue to grow across the country. Rural counties and small metro areas continue to see some of the worst growth.”
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-us-cases.html

As COVID-19 Cases Surge, the Country’s Economic Recovery is Losing Steam

“Weak job growth signals a slowing recovery.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/10/30/as-covid-19-cases-surge-the-countrys-economic-recovery-is-losing-steam/

Reskilling in the Age of COVID: There’s No Better Time than the Present

“Companies can’t be resilient if their workforces aren’t. Take these six steps to ensure that employees are equipped with critical skills.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/the-organization-blog/reskilling-in-the-age-of-covid-theres-no-better-time-than-the-present

2020 State of the St. Louis Workforce Virtual Event

Hear current employer trends and explore the dynamics impacting the readiness of our region’s skilled workers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic by attending our live online event Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Register Now!
https://stlcc.edu/workforce/st-louis-workforce/

Stuck-At-Home Moms: The Pandemic’s Devastating Toll On Women

“The coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on households, and women are bearing the brunt of it.”
https://www.npr.org/2020/10/28/928253674/stuck-at-home-moms-the-pandemics-devastating-toll-on-women

Jobless Americans Face Debt Crunch Without More Federal Aid as Bills Come Due

“Millions of Americans are running out of money and will face hard choices between food purchases and payments on rent, credit cards and student loans.”
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/10/29/jobless-americans-face-debt-crunch-without-more-federal-aid-as-bills-come-due-433649

Don’t Let Flashy 3rd Quarter GDP Growth Fool You, the Economy is Still in a Big Hole

“Third quarter growth measures the average level of output in July through September compared to the average in April through June. The very low level of output in April and May set a low baseline, meaning almost any bounce back at all would generate a huge growth rate for the third quarter.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2020/10/26/dont-let-flashy-3rd-quarter-gdp-growth-fool-you-the-economy-is-still-in-a-big-hole/

70 Icebreaker Questions to Encourage Team Bonding

“Icebreaker questions are questions that encourage individuals to get to know one another and make connections.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/guide/ice-breakers-questions/

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

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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