Closing the Skills Gap With Today’s Workforce

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By Bekhi Spika     Over the past few years, U.S. manufacturers have been facing a steadily growing shortage of skilled workers. A recent study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute predicts that “the U.S. manufacturing sector is likely to suffer a shortfall of 2 million workers” by 2025—a marked increase from the 600,000 jobs…

When Times Are Tough, Invest in Your Team

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BY BRIAN FORMATO     Most struggling organizations try to figure out how to turn their fortunes around. They look at various metrics and investigate cutting costs, increasing production, expanding their offerings, and a whole host of other options. Team building, though, rarely tops their lists, with many HR managers thinking of it as an…

Busting 5 Common Productivity Myths

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BY STEPHANIE REYES     Every organization in the world seems to be concerned with productivity these days—and for good reason: improving productivity is often the only way for a company to remain competitive in today’s global market. Productivity gains can even drive entire economies! (In the USA, for example, they account for as much…

Ready or Not, Here Comes Generation Z

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By Ira S. Wolfe For managers still trying to figure out the Millennials, here’s some disturbing news: the next cohort, Generation Z, is already knocking on HR’s doorstep. With this addition to the workforce, we now have 18-year-olds and 80-somethings (and everyone in between) seeking employment. This is an unprecedented change to the workplace. Are…

A Better Skills Gap Analysis

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For a business to really thrive, it must get the best out of every employee and make smart decisions when it comes to hiring new staff. Knowing what skills the workforce has, where they are lacking, and how to bridge any gaps is crucial to remaining competitive in today’s market. A skills gap analysis can…

The Value of a People-Centric Workplace

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Because people make up the heart of every organization, the most important investment an organization can make is in its employees. Even as technology advances and capital shifts, it is a company’s leadership and the individual contributions of its employees that ultimately set that organization apart from its competitors. Research consistently shows that organizations with…

The Top 5 Ways to Drive Your Millennial Employees Away (And How to Keep Them)

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“Adam” used to work at a company that provided a catered lunch (daily!) for everyone. The office basement housed a brand-new gym facility with free fitness classes, and his employer offered fun, offsite, team-building activities every month. Employees even had a lot of say about their workspaces: they could choose between traditional desks or standing…

Stress in the Workplace

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Stress has been called “the silent killer.” Too much stress can lead to a myriad of problems, both physiological (such as high blood pressure and heart disease) and psychological (such as depression and anxiety). It can ruin bodies, damage relationships, and destroy lives. No wonder, then, that people are always looking for quick, easy ways…

Why Passion is the Key to Success

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Among the traits and abilities that lead to success, passion stands alone. Unlike skill, knowledge, or other factors, passion is innate: it can’t be learned or acquired but is always present. Passion, an overwhelming drive to reach one’s goals, is the one factor that unites all successful people in equal measure. When asked to reflect…

4 Ways Technology can Minimize Employee Burnout

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When employees are unable to do their work, business suffers. Companies need their employees to be performing at their best. High performance drives morale and engagement, which in turn affect productivity and the bottom line. But sometimes the quest for success can increase employee stress and lead to fatigue and burnout. Although the two words…