Workforce Development News – January 4, 2021

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4 Major Unknowns of How Vaccines Will Affect the Covid-19 Pandemic

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CFOs Optimistic but Uncertain About the Pace of Recovery

“Corporate financial decision-makers are generally optimistic about U.S. economic prospects, but note downside risks for 2021, as well as a trend towards workforce automation.”
https://www.richmondfed.org/research/national_economy/cfo_survey/data_and_results/2020/20201222_data_and_results

To Expand the Economy, Invest in Black Businesses

“St. Louis has largest representation of Black businesses among the 112 metropolitan areas with data for Black businesses.”
https://www.brookings.edu/essay/to-expand-the-economy-invest-in-black-businesses/

The “She-Cession” Persists, Especially for Women of Color

“As the pandemic continues to upset work and home life, women of color, younger women and less educated women remain more likely to lose a job or work hours and shoulder the burden of closed or virtual schools and day cares.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2020/december/she-cession-persists-women-of-color

How Businesses Can Find “Hidden Workers”

“Even before the pandemic, these low- and middle-skills workers were cut out of the economy. It’s time to bring them back.”
https://hbr.org/2020/12/how-businesses-can-find-hidden-workers

COVID-19 Vaccines Meet 100 Million Uncertain Americans

“Five potential challenges to at-scale vaccine adoption.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/industries/pharmaceuticals-and-medical-products/our-insights/covid-19-vaccines-meet-100-million-uncertain-americans

How to Encourage Employees to Get the Covid-19 Vaccine

“Some people are hesitant about the Covid-19 vaccine, which is reasonable. Here’s the best way to talk to employees about it.”
https://www.inc.com/brit-morse/covid-19-office-vaccine-biontech-pfizer-moderna.html

The 4 Major Unknowns of How Vaccines Will Affect the Covid-19 Pandemic

“Covid-19 vaccines are here, but key questions remain.”
https://www.vox.com/22174626/covid-19-vaccine-coronavirus-trials-efficacy-protection-pfizer-moderna

The Forgotten Dimension of Diversity

“Any hopes we might have of addressing racial inequity in the workplace require a clear-eyed analysis of its root causes—and these are increasingly connected to social class.”
https://hbr.org/2021/01/the-forgotten-dimension-of-diversity

Should Social Distancing Be Mandatory during a Pandemic?

“Lack of social distancing by one person during the pandemic creates an externality: a higher risk of infection for all. People left to their own devices do not internalize all its benefits.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/publications/regional-economist/fourth-quarter-2020/should-social-distancing-be-mandatory-during-pandemic

2020 in 20 Charts

“From voting to vaccines and from protests to pets, a look at 2020’s biggest trends.”
https://www.vox.com/recode/21727016/2020-in-charts-covid-vaccine-pandemic-election

It takes no more time to see the good side of life than it takes to see the bad.” – Jimmy Buffett

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

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