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Category: Workforce Development

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 […]

The Human Element: 5 Steps For Creating A Truly Inclusive Work Culture

Employee diversity is a good thing for companies. Several studies show that diverse and inclusive companies have better financial performance than those that aren’t, yet headlines today point to the diversity gap that persists across industries. A Bersin by Deloitte study highlighted this gap when it reported that 70% of the diversity and inclusion leaders […] 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

How To Make High-Quality Jobs Available To More Americans

This post originally appeared on the Aspen Institute blog as “How to Increase Access to and Availability of Good Jobs.” Paul Osterman is a Nanyang Technological University Professor and a Professor of Human Resources and Management at MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research. He also serves as the co-director of the MIT Sloan […] Read More

How To Address The Workforce Diversity Gap

Stop me when you have heard this before: the current talent pipeline is broken and isn’t diverse enough to hire from. The problem however isn’t that the pipeline isn’t diverse enough. It’s that we are not looking enough in the right places. We are not tapping into enough of the world’s potential and it is […] 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