Courses to Careers Prepares Recent Graduates for Success!

Monday March 12th, 2018 at 10:30am
Written by Marica Tedder - Backpacks to Briefcases Coordinator

In this generation of millennials, almost everything can be accessed with the touch of a button. Technological advancements have made social media platforms, online job applications and communication via text or video chat the norm. Ways of communicating and searching for jobs have changed; however, one thing that remains the same is the challenge of securing employment after college graduation.

Courses to Careers (C2C) – formerly Backpacks to Briefcases – gives recent graduates an opportunity to explore necessary tools and resources for landing a career in their chosen field. Oftentimes, graduates enter into the C2C program with minimal knowledge of how to properly write a resume, respond to interview questions or how to create a personal brand. These are the areas where C2C bridges the gap.

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Crossing the Moat out of the Worst Company Culture: The Fortress Culture

Monday March 5th, 2018 at 12:30am
Written by Stephanie Edwards - WIOA Adult Program Coordinator

The Fortress; it symbolizes all that is strong and impenetrable in folklore and is replicated time and again in mythological stories of protection and safety. When it comes to company culture, there are many types and blends, but the fortress culture is truly the worst kind.

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How an Effective Leader Engages Employees and Increases Retention

Monday February 26th, 2018 at 11:00am
Written by Christina Dusenberry - Regional Director

Business leaders and executives have different experiences and points of view on what it takes to be an effective leader. For me, the foundation of a trusted leader starts with being approachable, available and authentic. Living out those traits means taking the time to get to know employees on a personal level while empowering the team to succeed together. Great leaders have the ability to guide their team toward a well-defined vision by putting into practice these principles:

Communicate clearly and often
Force-feeding the communication process to your employees might sound a bit extreme, though for me, it’s an essential way to develop and sustain connections with my team. On a regular basis, I meet with members of my team both individually and in group settings. It helps me stay informed while also encouraging communication amongst our leadership team. Most importantly, intentional communication helps me learn what my employees have going on, because our personal lives don’t stop during business hours.

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Building Your Talent Pipeline - Workplace Flexibility

Thursday February 22nd, 2018 at 10:00am
Written by Jim Bitterle - Consulting Managing Partner

In a 2015 study by Workplace trends, 75% of employees ranked workplace flexibility as their top benefit. In fact, workplace flexibility is more important to employees than employers think.

Of course, most employers need validation that these programs will have a positive impact on worker productivity before taking the next step.

We have good news! An increasing amount of studies are finding the link between flexible work programs and increased employee productivity. And that’s not the only benefit!

With an increasing number of employers offering such benefits, workplace flexibility programs are no longer considered such a luxury to employees. They’re becoming the norm! Regardless, your reputation and employer brand will see huge benefits.

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Are Your Competitors Really Evil Villains? Lessons Learned from Despicable Me

Monday February 19th, 2018 at 11:15am
Written by Stephanie Edwards - WIOA Adult Program Coordinator

I don’t always think about business while watching a children’s movie, but recently it dawned on me that there can be many relevant lessons. For example, while watching the three Despicable Me films, it became clear that all the movies are a long, exciting competition between other super villains to be the best. When the Minions and Gru battled it out, I wondered how it would be if Gru used the superpowers of his competition, like the piranha gun or giant bubbles, to his own advantage instead of fighting to destroy them.

In business, poor rhetoric about our competition is similar to the plotline of every superhero story. Either a) the employees don't quite know who the competitors are because asking about them is a taboo topic; or b) a story emerges to villainize the competitors. Stories like, "They aren't as good as us" or "We can do it better; don't let them take our place” are spread like wildfire without real data to back up the stories. Think about our recent Superbowl … can you imagine if the Eagles didn't know they were going to play against the Patriots before going out on the field? Would they know how to create their plays and strategies? Probably not. Champion businesses should know their competition and change villainizing sentiment to curiosity through comparative benchmarking.

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