What We’re Reading: New Skills, Talent and Employment

Corporate Learning and Development News
An article in Fortune outlines 25 concrete ways that AI has changed the workplace, from enabling immediate language translation to reimagining bias-free hiring practices.
 
Data skills are an increasingly valuable asset in the hiring process but identifying which skills to acquire can be difficult. To help answer that question, the Harvard Business Review mapped data skills across two dimensions: the benefits of having them and the cost associated with acquiring them. (Harvard Business Review, subscription required)
 
In the first part of a series focused on the future of AI, the Brookings Instituteemphasizes the role of educational institutions in preparing students with 21st-century skills, and notes that these skills will support workers who may be displaced by developments like artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies reshaping the workforce.
 
According to a recent survey of learning and development professionals, despite the hype around recent trends in corporate learning (including personalized learning and digital lesson delivery), much remains unchanged in the field. Decisions related to learning and development are still highly-centralized and delivered in a traditional classroom format. 
 
CIO Dive shares the top 10 technology trends to look out for in 2019 and beyond. The list includes an increased focus on privacy and blockchain, automation, and immersive learning experiences.
 
Credentials, Hiring, and Applicant Tracking News
Major companies are incorporating augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) into their recruiting activities. In this article, Forbes outlines how major companies have incorporated these new technologies into their recruitment, onboarding, and interviewing tactics.
 
Current low unemployment levels have led to fierce competition in hiring. An article in Entrepreneur advocates for the use of chatbots to make hiring more efficient. Chatbots can increase prospective employee engagement, decrease response time, and clarify any basic questions the candidate may have. Forbesshares perspectives of several executives on the use of such technologies.
 
According to recent findings by the Miller Heiman Group, a growing number of STEM-graduates are employed in non-STEM fields, including many in sales. The disciplines of science and sales are converging in ways that make STEM-graduates well suited for those positions. 
 
A piece from SHRM outlines how a company’s website design could be closing off its talent pool to people with disabilities and opening employers up to legal liabilities.

recent survey by the Brandon Hall Group suggests that 80% of companies with C-suite support had effective onboarding programs. Additionally, they found that factors such as a link to learning and development, use of a dedicated technological solution and connecting new employees to mentors also impact the success of an onboarding program.
 
General HR News
While more employers are likely to consider accommodations for blind candidates, the likelihood of these employers hiring those who are blind has remained unchanged since 2012. SHRM shares ways employers can ensure that their recruitment efforts are inclusive. (SHRM, subscription required)
 
new report from Yello finds that a majority of job candidates (64%) value diversity and inclusion efforts when making the decision to accept a job. Additionally, 52% of candidates suggest that they may not accept a job if they did not meet diverse employees in the interviewing process. 

Employer Partnerships/Company Innovation
Walmart will soon break ground on a new, high-tech distribution center which will be a STEM-based warehouse. With a renewed focus on technology, the company plans to “upskill” their existing warehouse associates by creating a “Supply Chain Academy” rather than replacing the workers.
 
Southern New Hampshire University announced this week that it has acquired a Chicago-based non-profit, LRNG, which helps young people find jobs by encouraging them to acquire digital badges on the LRNG learning platform. The University intends to create a way for students to earn badges on LRNG’s platform that can be counted toward a competency-based degree through the University’s College for America program.
 
Colorado-based skills program Skillful announced last week its expansion into Indiana, furthering its mission to enable all Americans, particularly those without four-year degrees, to secure good jobs in a changing economy. The organization which received a three-year $28.5 million grant from Microsoft Philanthropies last year received a grant from Walmart to start their program in Indiana.
 
Startups, Innovation, and Investment News
BountyJobs, Inc., provider of a third-party recruiting platform for collaboration between employers and search firms, announced a partnership with TopResume, the largest resume-writing service in the world. This new partnership will create an end-to-end solution for job seekers and hiring managers through the combination of resume writing and talent acquisition.
 
Uber is reportedly developing a short term staffing business called Uber Works to supply independent contractors, as waiters, security personnel and other temporary staffers, to work business events and functions.
 
Macroeconomic Trends and Public Policy
The U.S. Department of Labor announced plans to further delay deliberation on new regulations regarding exemptions for overtime until March 2019. The Department will also be working to clarify existing regulations for joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
 
A Georgetown University study found that three-quarters of the 13 million jobs that pay at least $35,000 and do not require a college degree are filled by men,The Washington Post writes. Additionally, the jobless rate for women without a college degree is higher than for men and women without degrees earn 78% of what men take home. (The Washington Post, subscription required)
 
Other
Tech giants like Apple and Amazon are among a third of U.S. employers with 5,000 or more employees that offer onsite health clinics, according to a Mercer and National Association of Worksite Health Centers (NAWHC) survey.
 
Indeed calculated which companies receive the greatest interest from job seekers. Tesla leads the list with companies like PepsiCo, Enterprise Holdings, Microsoft and Facebook in close contention.