Workforce Development News – May 4, 2021

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Building Workforce Skills at Scale to Thrive During—and After—the COVID-19 Crisis

“Skill building is becoming common practice, social and emotional skills are in demand, and there’s a recipe for successful skill transformations.”
https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/organization/our-insights/building-workforce-skills-at-scale-to-thrive-during-and-after-the-covid-19-crisis

Americans’ Confidence in Their Finances Has Mostly Recovered

“Percentage rating their finances as excellent or good returns to 2019 level. Slight majority now perceive their financial situation is improving. Heightened worry in 2020 about paying bills, mortgage has abated.”
https://news.gallup.com/poll/349241/americans-confidence-finances-mostly-recovered.aspx

COVID-19’s Effects on Dual-Earner Households

“The employment losses in low-income households seem to be persistent.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2021/may/covid19-effects-dual-earner-households

The U.S. is in Danger of Learning the Wrong Lessons from COVID-19

“America is already missing its chance to prepare for the next pandemic.”
https://www.vox.com/22409749/us-covid-19-coronavirus-pandemic-response-lessons-learned

Metropolitan Area Unemployment Rates

“Unemployment rates were higher in March than a year earlier in 308 of the 389 metropolitan areas, lower in 75 areas, and unchanged in 6 areas.”
News release: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/metro.htm
Interactive graphics: https://www.bls.gov/charts/metro-area-employment-and-unemployment/metro-area-unemployment-rates-map.htm

6 Leadership Paradoxes for the Post-Pandemic Era

“To thrive in an increasingly complex world, leaders will need to develop seemingly contradictory skill sets.”
https://hbr.org/2021/04/6-leadership-paradoxes-for-the-post-pandemic-era

Do Manufacturers Need to Create Better Jobs?

“As economic recovery proceeds, manufacturers are trying to improve job quality and advance workforce equity.”
https://www.industryweek.com/talent/article/21162787/do-manufacturers-need-to-create-better-jobs

5 Truths About Employee Engagement That No One Wants to Hear

“When you can accept these truths, you can create a culture of sustainable success.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/368894

Reshaping Your Career in the Wake of the Pandemic

“The past year has given us a chance to think about what we need to thrive in our jobs — and what we want to change as we move forward.”
https://hbr.org/2021/04/reshaping-your-career-in-the-wake-of-the-pandemic

How to Make the Hybrid Workplace Fair for All

“Will in-office workers have an inherent advantage over their remote colleagues? This HR exec says companies must start preparing now for the new dynamic.”
https://www.fastcompany.com/90627909/how-to-make-the-hybrid-workplace-fair-for-all

To go places and do things that have never been done before – that’s what living is all about.” – Michael Collins

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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