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Category: Business Case

Taking ‘Hire Character, Train Skill’ From Theory To Practice

“Hire character; train skill.” This saying has never rung truer than in today’s economy. The necessary skillsets for most jobs are rapidly evolving due to technological disruptions. To succeed in the modern workplace, what’s more valuable than the know-how you may possess today is the ability to swiftly adapt to a changing landscape—along with the […]

Employers Are Overlooking Non-Traditional Candidates And It’s Costing Them

Employers – how many times have you turned down a young candidate due to their lack of “traditional” qualifications? If your answer is frequently, you’re probably missing out on your next top performer. The job market has shifted. Twenty years ago someone’s GPA, the university they matriculated from, and the number of years they worked […] Read More

AT&T’s Diverse Mentoring Relationships Accelerate Employee Engagement

According to a 2015 Gallup report that includes data from over 80,000 employee interviews, employee engagement has been flat since 2000.  In 2015, only 32% of employees reported being engaged at work while 50.8% reported not being engaged and 17.2% reported being actively disengaged.  Additional research is starting to show a correlation with corporate responsibility […] Read More

Why Companies Should Invest More In The Retention Of Entry-Level Employees

In the years since the Great Recession, unemployment levels have fallen across the United States, while economic growth in the country has rebounded. As a result, competition for entry-level talent is growing, and many employers are struggling with rising employee turnover. We estimate that the U.S. retail industry lost more than $9 billion to voluntary […] Read More

The Citi Foundation Expands Its Commitment To Tackling Youth Unemployment

Young people today make up the largest youth population in history. Their successes and struggles are as diverse as their personalities and aspirations. However, in all corners of the globe, this generation faces a common challenge: persistent, high rates of youth unemployment. Left unaddressed, the consequences reverberate across our cities and affect us all. When […] Read More

5 Ways To Increase Employee Engagement With Youth Mentoring

According to Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, employee engagement continues to be a challenge for businesses. In fact, 85% of executives surveyed rated engagement as an important or very important priority for their business.  Corporate leadership understands that an increasingly diverse, multi-generational and virtual workforce requires flexible, creative and purpose-driven employee engagement strategies. […] Read More