The Digitalization of the American Workforce: What it Means for Employers Today

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 12/28/17 1:00 PM

Innovation and adaptability keep the world of industry constantly moving forward, expanding business opportunities, offering more jobs, and nurturing a growing global economy. Advances in technology over the last few decades, however, have simultaneously created new jobs while rendering many other positions obsolete. Worry over automation and artificial intelligence replacing low and middle-skilled work has troubled a workforce that has been historically confident in their job security. But the digitalization of formerly analog positions is only the most recent “revolution” in a series of changes over the last several hundred years. For businesses looking to retain loyal employees and become competitive in hiring, embracing change and implementing comprehensive training programs is essential.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Learning and Development

The Skills to Succeed in Charles Dickens’ Time, and Ours

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/21/17 3:45 PM

The creation of  a national movement that can better connect education, career pathways, and job creation - while also promoting affordable learning - will take the collaboration and cooperation of as many private and public sector players as possible. It's going to take a renewal of American spirit and a determined collective effort, the inspiration for which can found in Charles Dickens' classic: A Christmas Carol.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap

3 Workplace Trends to Watch for in 2018

Posted by Steve Copacino on 12/14/17 9:00 PM

The recruitment and employee development landscape is rapidly changing, due to a new focus on skills and learning credentials. The reliance on a traditional job description and looking for certain college degrees to judge candidate quality is an outdated procedure. Likewise, employee development has evolved significantly. As we head into 2018, here are the top three recruiting and employee development trends to watch out for:

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development

The Importance of the Veterinary Practice Manager: A Q&A with Dr. James Hurrell

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 12/13/17 5:18 PM

Veterinary medicine has long been a thriving industry. Every pet owner wants to ensure their animal companion is at peak health. Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians study long and hard to learn how to properly diagnose and treat our furry friends. They’re very obviously vital to a thriving veterinary practice. But just as necessary is the Veterinary Practice Manager, the person who can confidently and efficiently run a practice. We spoke with Dr. James Hurrell (more commonly known as Dr. Jim to the students and staff at Penn Foster), an expert in veterinary medicine, to learn more about why veterinary practices need managers who aren’t the practice owner and how Penn Foster’s new Veterinary Practice Management Undergraduate Certificate can help grow a strong practice.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, workforce training

Church’s Chicken Creates Career Advancement Opportunities with Stride for Success Program

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 11/29/17 1:31 PM

Since 2015, Church’s Chicken’s Stride for Success program, offered through a collaboration with Penn Foster, has enabled employees to earn their high school diploma online, providing a path toward advancement and career success. By allowing employees the opportunity to complete their high school diploma requirements, Church’s Chicken provides a clearly marked path to a stable future with the company. Not only assisting employees in reaching their goals, Stride for Success and similar corporate learning programs empower those enrolled and can ease the burden of the high turnover rates the food industry is known for.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers

How Effective Learner Support Can Improve Outcomes in Employee Training Programs

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 11/21/17 3:19 PM

In-depth employee training and education is necessary for almost every industry. Well-trained employees will benefit your company long-term by being confident and skilled in their positions. Employees who are confident in their level of training and skill, who know that they are working toward a fulfilling career with opportunity for growth, are more likely to stay. Lower turnover rates can improve productivity, productivity, and product quality. Offering comprehensive training courses to your employees can translate into more profit in the long term and a more positive workforce in the immediate future.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Learning and Development, workforce training

Five Steps to Develop an Employee Soft Skill Training Program - Part 2

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/10/17 4:00 PM

Last week, we examined the importance of having employees with well developed soft skills, and laid out the first two steps for developing an employee soft skills training program. First, you should perform a training needs assessment to identify which soft skills your training program should focus on. After that, it's critical to clearly define the performance goals you’re hoping to impact with this training program.

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, soft skills

The Future of Staffing: Perspectives from the 2017 Staffing World Expo

Posted by Collin Gutman on 11/10/17 1:04 PM

If you spent five minutes in the exposition hall at the ASA’s 2017 Staffing World Expo & Conference last month, you would very quickly get a sense of what products are being purchased by staffing firms.   

Throughout the hall, there was a cluster of background check companies, a pocket of drug testing companies, the major ATS players, the companies that make sure you’re in compliance and, of course, the behemoths of sourcing occupying mammoth booths. Staffing, for the past 30 years, has remained simple in this way. Find candidates, make sure they check the boxes, place them, rinse, repeat. No fluff.  Nothing extraneous. No vendors selling flashy website upgrades, no internal talent profiling, even very few assessments.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, Training, Upskilling, Skilled Trades, workforce training, Staffing

Top Qualities to Look for When Hiring a Retail Supervisor

Posted by Desiree Sinkevich on 11/7/17 12:08 PM

The retail industry in the United States has, historically, had a higher than average turnover rate. Hourly store employees have the highest turnover rate at 65%, according to a survey from the Hay Group division of Korn Ferry. Considering these lower retention rates, hiring or promoting an employee to supervisor can be a frustrating, slow process for employers. However, if you hire supervisors with the right skill set, you may be able to drastically reduce these turnover rates, for both your supervisors and the employees they oversee.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, soft skills

Five Steps to Develop an Employee Soft Skills Training Program - Part 1

Posted by Steve Copacino on 11/1/17 11:29 AM

There is no denying that soft skills are in high demand across the modern day workforce, regardless of profession or industry. According to a recent Penn Foster survey, 79% of employers said soft skills were important or very important to an employee's success at their company. Moreover, 64% of employers said there was a significant gap between the level of soft skills of the average candidate, and the level needed for success in an entry level role.

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Topics: Employers, Learning and Development, soft skills


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