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

Penn Foster Joins Leaders in Staffing and Workforce Solutions at 2017 Staffing World

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/23/17 2:00 PM

Kicking off tomorrow in Chicago, the American Staffing Association’s 2017 Staffing World conference will draw over 2,000 leaders in staffing, recruiting, and workforce solutions to the McCormick Place Convention Center. With nearly 50 sessions led by industry experts and business leaders, including workshops, roundtables, and sector-specific forums, Staffing World seeks to disrupt the thinking of the staffing industry with new strategies and cutting-edge best practices to take back to your organization.

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

What’s Next for U.S. Manufacturing? Industry Leaders Weigh In

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 10/6/17 9:46 AM

Today is the day! Each year, the National Association of Manufacturers hosted Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing intended to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. The celebration of Manufacturing Day extends well into October, with businesses and community organizations planning events, such as factory visits and learning sessions, throughout the month.

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Topics: Employers, Skills Gap, Manufacturing, workforce training

The Mark Twain-ing of American Manufacturing

Posted by Collin Gutman on 10/6/17 8:50 AM

Mark Twain once famously said, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”  American manufacturing certainly seems able to make that claim.

After more than a decade of doomsayers touting the rise of Asian manufacturing, or Mexican manufacturing, or whatever location to which offshoring seems to start flowing next, IndustryWeek reported that American manufacturing is growing at its fastest pace in 13 years.1

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Topics: Industry News, Employers, Apprenticeship, Industrial, Manufacturing, Skilled Trades, workforce training

3 Ways Today's Apprenticeships Differ from Those of the Past

Posted by Collin Gutman on 9/15/17 6:56 PM

When most people hear the word “apprenticeship,” they envision the model that Europe has used for hundreds of years – young adults choosing to make horseshoes on an anvil rather than enrolling in higher education – substituting on the job learning for formal education. This Game of Thrones-like image is a completely outdated view on apprenticeship that holds back its development. The modern, American incarnation of apprenticeship, which is experiencing a renaissance in a world of severe labor shortages in skilled trades, differs in three crucial ways from the stereotype.

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Topics: Employers, Training, Apprenticeship, Skilled Trades

While Unemployment Rate Decreases, Skills Gap Remains

Posted by Kate Mosteller on 8/25/17 8:41 AM

Even though the unemployment rate in the United States has steadily decreased in recent years, job openings are now more plentiful than ever - as was seen in the most recent Department of Labor jobs report. Companies large and small are struggling to find the skilled workers they need, which had led to a drop in hiring - particularly in middle skils careers. Employers need to take action to address this skills gap and get hiring rates on the upswing once more.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Employers, Colleges & Career Schools, Skills Gap

RemX Upskills its Associates with the Better WorkLife Academy

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 8/22/17 2:12 PM

As one of the leading providers of staffing and workforce solutions in the nation, EmployBridge spans over 490 locations and has been named the largest industrial staffing firm in the U.S. With its product being “productive people,” EmployBridge understands the need to embody its core values in daily actions, support its associates, and foster a sense of community. In line with these values, EmployBridge recently announced the launch of the Better WorkLife Academy in partnership with Penn Foster!

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Topics: Penn Foster News & Events, Industry News, Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Industrial

Three Ways to Expand Learning and Development Opportunities for Frontline Supervisors

Posted by Steve Copacino on 8/16/17 11:02 AM

Your frontline supervisors have a significant impact on your employees, and your overall business operations. Working directly with the staff on a daily basis, a supervisor’s influence can improve productivity and employee satisfaction or have a detrimental effect on these metrics. In many cases, employee turnover isn't related to issues with the company itself, but instead is a result of frustration with ineffective supervisors.

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Topics: Employee Retention, Employers, soft skills

Penske Truck Leasing Upskills its Workforce with Multi-Level Technician Training

Posted by Lauren Mackie on 8/7/17 11:18 AM

While the skills gap in the skilled trades industries is no secret, awareness of the talent shortage has primarily grown in the past few years. According to a study by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute, 3.5 million manufacturing jobs are expected to become available (and need to be filled) yet 2 million of these jobs are expected to go unfilled.1 However, not all businesses are taken aback by the widening skills gap, and some began preparing for the inevitable shortage years before national headlines began highlighting it.

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Topics: Middle Skills Gap, Industry News, Employers, Training, Skills Gap, Industrial, Skilled Trades

 

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