4

Dec

2018

Don’t Forget About Soft Skills When Hiring for Tech Jobs

Author: Heather Nezich

West Monroe Partners, a business and technology consultancy, released a study earlier this year entitled, “Closing the Technology Leadership Gap.” The report investigates the state of soft skills, defined as communication, collaboration, conflict resolution, and leadership in technology and IT hiring decisions. It pinpoints the lack of focus on soft skills in today’s workplaces as the cause of productivity, innovation, and growth issues.

16

Oct

2018

Why So Many Managers Have Poor Listener Syndrome

Author: Heather Nezich

The same qualities that describe a good listener, describe a good leader: respect, concern, an openness to new ideas, empathy, compassion, curiosity, trust, loyalty, and receptivity.  However, one of the lowest rated behaviors in 360-feedback surveys for managers is listening.

18

Sep

2018

Can Managers be Problem Employees?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

Although cross functioning teams are the rage, and at times rightly so, it appears that too many bosses are like the adage too many cooks.  According to a Gartner survey, more than two-thirds of employees around the world say they have to consult with more than one boss to get their jobs done.  What does that mean?  It means that these employees waste significant amounts of time waiting for guidance from senior leaders.

11

Sep

2018

How Employers Can Help with the Tech Shortage

Author: Heather Nezich

The White House Administration’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that by 2020 the U.S. will be short 1 million tech professionals. How can employers do their part to help this growing shortage?

14

Aug

2018

Could Apprenticeships be an Answer to the Skills Gap?

Author: Heather Nezich

A majority of Americans (62%) agree that apprenticeships—or “earn while learning” vocational opportunities—make people more employable than going to college, according to the results of the latest American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor® survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults conducted online by The Harris Poll.

7

Aug

2018

The Talent Shortage is Affecting More than Just the U.S.

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent study by Korn Ferry revealed that if not addressed, the skilled talent shortages could have significant impact on global economics by 2030. 

31

Jul

2018

Engaged Employees, Even Millennials, Are Less Likely to Leave

Author: Heather Nezich

Employees today are more likely to job hop than ever before.  Millennials in particular have earned, whether legitimate or not, a reputation for job hopping.  But the latest research shows that if employees, even Millennials, are engaged and have learning opportunities in the workplace, they are less likely to leave.

5

Jun

2018

1

May

2018

Is Routine Killing Your Creativity?

Author: Heather Nezich

While routines are generally good, being a little too rigid with your work routine can reduce your creativity.  Making small changes to your daily routine can spark creativity and reduce the day to day drag.

3

Apr

2018

In-House Education Making a Strong Comeback

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As employers bemoan the harsh reality of the lack of qualified workers, other organizations are taking steps to overcome the obstacle, including creating their own in-house education programs.

27

Mar

2018

Distracted Workers – The Cause Might Surprise You

Author: Heather Nezich

A new study recently released by Udemy showed how distracted employees are during work hours, how they're responding to distractions, and the price of distraction for employers. The research found a strong correlation between increased levels of distraction, decreased productivity, and a lack of proper training at work.  But what is causing all this distraction at work?  It might not be what you think.

23

Jan

2018

Bored Employees are Jumping Ship

Author: Heather Nezich

According to a new survey by Korn Ferry of nearly 5,000 professionals, being bored and lacking challenge is the number one reason employees will seek a new job in 2018.

31

Oct

2017

Expanding the Talent Pipeline Through European Style Apprenticeship Programs

Author: Anthony Kaylin

A change is coming to talent pipeline development.  Can’t find an engineer or computer analyst, for example?  Why worry about college graduates when employers can develop their own through apprenticeship programs.  Long associated with skilled trade workers, electricians, etc., the European model is coming to America.

17

Oct

2017

What You Should Know About Succession Planning and Why

Author: Heather Nezich

Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. It increases the likelihood of having internal, experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they are vacated. Succession planning is crucial in order to avoid an organizational crisis when someone in a key role leaves.

22

Aug

2017

Why Millennials Quit Jobs They Actually Like

Author: Heather Nezich

Just to be sure you caught what the title states – millennials are quitting jobs they LIKE.    A new study by Qualtrics and Accel found that 74% of millennials who like their jobs plan to leave within the next three years.  Why would anyone quit a job they actually enjoy and are happy at?

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