Workforce Development News – February 22, 2021

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The Future of Work After COVID-19

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The Future of Work After COVID-19

“The pandemic accelerated existing trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation, with up to 25 percent more workers than previously estimated potentially needing to switch occupations.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/future-of-work/the-future-of-work-after-covid-19

Millions of Jobs Probably Aren’t Coming Back, Even After The Pandemic Ends

“There is a very real scenario in which a lot of the large employment, low-wage jobs in retail and in food service just go away in the coming years ‘We’re recovering, but to a different economy,’ Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/road-to-recovery/2021/02/17/unemployed-workers-retraining/

Black-Owned Banks and the Communities They Serve

“Black-owned banks have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to their communities and could play a vital role in equitable economic recovery.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/publications/regional-economist/first-quarter-2021/black-owned-banks-communities-they-serve

Majority in U.S. See COVID-19 Disruption Well Into 2021

“53% of Americans now say COVID-19 disruption will last past mid-2021. However, 39% say the COVID-19 situation is getting worse, down from 63%.”
https://news.gallup.com/poll/329678/majority-covid-disruption-2021.aspx

Jobs Recovery Still Long Way Off, Especially for Low-Wage Workers and Workers of Color

“Job growth has flattened. Job losses are largest in low-wage industries. Large racial and ethnic disparities in employment persist.”
https://www.cbpp.org/blog/jobs-recovery-still-long-way-off-especially-for-low-wage-workers-and-workers-of-color

5 Ways to Engage Your Frontline Workers

“Keep your messaging succinct, use strong visuals instead of chunky text, and empower team leaders to speak up.”
https://www.ragan.com/5-ways-to-engage-your-frontline-workers/

With Millions Looking for Work, Stigmas Create A Dearth of Skilled Tradespeople

“Trade school as post-secondary education can be a ticket to a six-figure income, but it’s often sneered at by kids, parents and teachers alike.”
https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/with-millions-looking-for-work-stigmas-create-a-dearth-of-skilled-tradespeople

Slow Down and Write Better Emails

“Are you sending the right message?”
https://hbr.org/2021/02/slow-down-and-write-better-emails

Coping With COVID: Crises, Young People’s Housing Choices, and Preparing in Uncertainty

“People can’t possibly prepare for everything. Many people of all ages have been affected, and in different ways.”
https://research.stlouisfed.org/publications/page1-econ/2021/02/01/coping-with-covid-crises-young-peoples-housing-choices-and-preparing-in-uncertainty

Counting U.S. Postsecondary and Secondary Credentials

“The report identifies 967,734 unique credentials in the U.S. in 16 detailed credential categories across four types of credential providers.”
https://credentialengine.org/counting-credentials-2021/
Full report: https://credentialengine.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Counting-Credentials-2021.pdf

What Does The Unemployment Rate Measure?

“The headline unemployment rate (known as U-3) measures the percentage of people over the age of 16 who aren’t working but are available and actively looking for work.” But it’s not that simple.
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2021/02/18/what-does-the-unemployment-rate-measure/

3 Steps to Better Virtual Meetings

“Troubleshoot wandering minds, low engagement, and delayed decision making.”
https://hbr.org/2021/02/3-steps-to-better-virtual-meetings

The future ain’t what it used to be.” – Yogi Berra

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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