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

Highlights
Josh Bersin shares insights from a recent report from LinkedIn which profiles the rise of “career sleepwalkers” — the nearly 40% of professionals who feel stagnant in their current careers. Bersin emphasizes the importance of engaging these employees in the workplace and shares suggestions on how to identify and support these employees.
 
The recently released American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor report found that 62% of Americans believe that apprenticeships or vocational training make people more employable than a college degree. 69% believe that a college degree is not as valuable as it used to be, but 60% believe that one would earn more with a college degree. 87% believe that it is smart to consider both options.
 
A new report from Glassdoor finds that 13 of 25 of the highest paying jobs were in the technology sector. The piece, which also cites LinkedIn data, notes that while 7 in 10 employees suggest that pay has an impact in their career path, still 27% of America are unsure of their career path, according to new findings from LinkedIn Learning. (subscription required)
 
According to HR Dive, employers are beginning the search for seasonal hires sooner than usual. Employers that reach out sooner have more time to ensure that employees are in tune with the organization and its goals. The author notes, however, that there is no guarantee that the early recruits will remain for the holiday season.
 
A new survey from World at Work finds that the benefit most desired by employees is Paid Family Leave (58%), closely followed by flexible and remote working options (55%).
 

Corporate Learning and Development News
Josh Bersin shares insights from a recent report from LinkedIn which profiles the rise of “career sleepwalkers” — the nearly 40% of professionals who feel stagnant in their current careers. Bersin emphasizes the importance of engaging these employees in the workplace and shares suggestions on how to identify and support these employees.
 
According to the 2018 Randstad 2018 Workmonitor report, 90% of employees prefer to have representation from all generations in the workplace. 81% however, feel that there is a barrier to communication. With that, The Wall Street Journal offers advice on how employers can encourage learning across generations, highlighting the positive outcomes of two-way mentoring and other structured engagement opportunities. (subscription required)
 
In CLO Media, contributor Mark Rustici expounds upon the idea of scalable learning for the workplace, claiming that scalable learning, or the systematic way of learning and disseminating valuable information organization-wide, is a necessity for improved performance in the 21st-century workplace.
 
Citing the inefficiencies of higher education experiences among other challenges as barriers toskill development in the workplace, a contributor to The Economist emphasizes the necessity of workplace-sponsored learning opportunities to fill the skills gap. HR Dive highlights the way Walmart has taken ownership of employee development by providing a comprehensive program that also acts as a benefit for the employee. (subscription required)
 
An article in CLO Media discusses microlearning and the challenges presented when attempting to teach soft skills using microlearning techniques.
 
A TLNT piece suggests that a successful performance management system offers instant feedback and the ability to archive progress, dynamic goals and clear measurement, the ability to take actionable insights and plan for the future among other features.
 
An article in Training Magazine emphasizes the importance of employee engagement in learningdevelopment and offers best practices for encouraging development and ongoing learning.
 

Credentials, Hiring, and Applicant Tracking News
The recently released American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor report found that 62% of Americans believe that apprenticeships or vocational training make people more employable than a college degree. 69% believe that a college degree is not as valuable as it used to be, but 60% believe that one would earn more with a college degree. 87% believe that it is smart to consider both options.
 
The NY Times characterizes recruitment efforts for manufacturers in rural areas. An industry that once thrived is increasingly turning down work due to lack of manpower. As a result, employers are offering incentives, such as on the job day care and health care, to increase the pool of applicants as well as retention. (subscription required)
 
CMSWire shares the top ranked applicant tracker software. Among the top are Betterteam, FIleInvite, and Recruiterflow.
 
Artificial Intelligence (AI) can act as a major resource in the hiring process according to an op-ed in Forbes. However, the full potential of AI cannot be met until hiring managers recognize that challenges with the traditional process, according to the author.
 
According to HR Dive, employers are beginning the search for seasonal hires sooner than usual. Employers that reach out sooner have more time to ensure that employees are in tune with the organization and its goals. The author notes, however, that there is no guarantee that the early recruits will remain for the holiday season.
 
The Center for Creative Leadership shares five best practices for recruiting and retaining women in leadership roles. Strategies include: providing women resources for growth and development, allowing them to take ownership over their careers, considering how unconscious bias may function within established systems, planning women-focused development opportunities, and creating networks that will be beneficial.
 
A new report from Glassdoor finds that 13 of 25 of the highest paying jobs were in the technology sector, and also cites the 2017 LinkedIn Salary Report. The piece notes that while 7 in 10 employees suggest that pay has an impact in their career path, still 27% of America are unsure of their career path, according to new findings from LinkedIn Learning. (subscription required)
 

General HR News
A new survey from World at Work finds that the benefit most desired by employees is Paid Family Leave (58%), closely followed by flexible and remote working options (55%).
 
As companies are increasing transparency around pay, a piece in HR Dive urges more employers to conduct pay audits. The author offers considerations on how to begin the process and how ensure that the findings are sound.
 
survey from Wellable spotlights the growing trend for employers to provide benefits related to wellness. 35% of those surveyed planned to increase funding for wellness benefits in the next year, particularly in telemedicine, mental health, and financial wellness.
 
According to a contributor the Association for Talent Development, employers must take more time to identify and address the root cause of workplace challenges prior to making decisions about solutions. The author suggests that addressing the symptoms rather than the cause will lead to undesirable results.
 

Employer Partnerships/Company Innovation
Google has announced the launch of a Google Learning Center (GLC) in Thailand in partnership with True Digital Park. The focus of the project will be Academy Bangkok – A Google Space” a center for startup education, training and mentorship. This is the first of its kind in Asia, the second world wide.
 
According to an article in the Reno-Gazette Journal, Google donated $100,000 to JOIN Inc., as an effort to help Nevadans develop digital skills. Google unveiled its partnership with JOIN Inc. this past Monday at its Grow with Google event, which took place at the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno. JOIN is still actively working to create a plan to use the funding they received from Google, but the focus will be on improving proficiency with digital technology.
 
According to an article in Forbes, workforce non-profit NAF is retooling their programs to grow their learning platforms and increase access. Their certification process involves assessment in eight categories: collaboration & teamwork, communication, creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem solving, information management, initiative & self- direction, professionalism & ethics, and quantitative reasoning.
 

Startups, Innovation, and Investment News
Kronos recently announced the Workforce Dimensions Technology Partner Program. The program partners with companies such as Facebook and Microsoft to help increase the productivity of frontline workers as well as increase adoption and engagement of employees through a combined platform, Kronos D5.
 
According to SmartCompany, corporate learning startup GO1 has raised $10 million in series A funding round led by online recruitment company Seek. The investment will go to hiring more employees and grow their presence in international markets.
 
In a new round of funding, recruitment startup Altru has raised $1.3 million, according to a report by TechCrunch. With funding led by Birchmere Ventures, the company plans to use the money to increase their visibility and expand to areas such as onboarding.
 

Macroeconomic Trends and Public Policy
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announced $100 million in grant funding available for states, surrounding areas, eligible tribal governments and other entities such as local workforce development boards to offer training and career services to workers affected by economic dislocation. The application for the Trade and Economic Transition Dislocated Worker grants is open until September 7. Grants for up to $8 million will be allocated by September 30th.
 

Other
A piece in CNN Money spotlights the importance of carefully considering word choice to create a more gender-inclusive workplace.