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11
Jun

Women in the Workforce: A Powerful Force for Growth

Women in the workforce have been a significant factor for change in business productivity, economic growth and education levels in the United States. Women’s participation in the workforce increased from 34 percent in 1950 to almost 57 percent in 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “The increase of women in the paid workforce was arguably the most significant change in the economy in the past century,” says Amanda Weinstein, Economics professor at the University of Akron. This increase of women in the workforce generates an increase in wages. ...

14
May

Creative Problem Solving and Communication Skills are Needed

Creative problem solving and communication are skills that people need to learn to “robot-proof” themselves, and have fulfilling careers now and in the future. The work environment is changing rapidly. Baby Boomers might have stayed in their career jobs for decades, but today, nine out of 10 millennials plan to stay at their jobs for fewer than three years. That means millennials could potentially have 15 or more jobs that span their work life. That could make for an interesting career, but how do workers learn the ...

09
Apr

Education Develops Workers’ Employability

The education workers need and the requirements for employability change as the world changes. The skills and education workers need are directly related to advancements in technology and changing work conditions. In the 1900s, the US public school system developed as work conditions changed and workers needed a high school education. In the 1960s, increasing technology, the need for advanced education to perform jobs, and the Higher Education Act which expanded federal aid for higher education contributed to an increase in the number of people pursuing higher education. From 1970 to 2016 enrollment in higher education increased ...

12
Mar

Tuition Assistance Raises Employee Engagement

Employee engagement and motivation are continually on the radar of business managers and owners. These issues also relate to employees’ highly personal goals and individual lives. They impact businesses productivity and profitability and influence employees’ job choices and work performance. A Gallup report on employee engagement report shows that 18 percent of people are actively disengaged in their work and 67 percent are not engaged. This global cost of this lack of engagement is approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity. The 67 percent are the majority of the workforce. These are employees who simply show up ...

12
Feb

Motivation for Higher Education Leads to Prosperity

The primary motivation among adult students pursuing higher education is future job and career advancement. The diverse, nontraditional student population is largely focused on finding ways to achieve more in their careers, in spite of whatever obstacles they may face. The Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey Why Higher Ed? examined the motivation of more than 86,000 U.S. adults who had made the choice to pursue higher education. Far and away job and career outcomes were the highest motivating factors in all educational, gender and racial demographic groups. Fifty-eight percent of people cited ...

02
Jan

Education Leaders Forecast the Future of Higher Education

Forecasting the future of anything is like playing a game of chance. What’s coming next is hard to picture. However, the future of higher education closely follows the development and expansion of technology. According to higher education experts, technology will be a major influence. Think about the use of technology in our daily lives: • Look back 20 years: Only 3.67 percent of people used mobile phone service; the internet was just getting started and had about 119 million users. • Look at the present: It’s a different world. At the ...

18
Dec

Employee Satisfaction Creates Engaged Employees

This is the time of year for spreading good will and happiness. Creating a culture of employee satisfaction is the best way for this to happen in business. And the best part of all is that when employee satisfaction is high, both employees and businesses benefit. High employee satisfaction creates a positive culture in your business, a culture that is rewarding for all stake holders. The Science of Happiness report by Globoforce, a company that specializes in workplace culture, explains. In their report they compare employees who are most and ...

13
Nov

Student Veterans are a National Asset

United States veterans, transitioning from an active military role to civilian life, may find that as student veterans they are in a position to lead our country on another front: the charge to educate more citizens, to increase the number of citizens with post-secondary education, and fill workforce skill gaps. Student veterans have characteristics that can make them successful as they pursue higher education and civilian careers. “In addition to their unique experiences, veterans have a specific set of skills, learned through military service. When these skills and experiences are coupled with formal ...

09
Oct

Edcor Earns Awards for Tuition Assistance Benefits

Edcor is very pleased to announce that we have received two awards that reflect the service we give our clients and the importance of the tuition assistance programs we develop and administer for them. Edcor has received the Silver Award for Excellence in Partnership, part of Chief Learning Officer Learning in Practice Awards. These awards recognize learning leaders and provider companies who demonstrate excellence in the design and delivery of employee development programs. As a tuition benefits provider, Edcor develops and administers tuition assistance programs that help our clients develop their ...

11
Sep

Goal Setting Leads to Success

The start of the new school year brings time management and achievement challenges for busy adults. Effective goal setting can make the difference between successful progress and being overwhelmed by all the responsibility. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) report Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments says that goal setting can act as an effective “internal commitment device for students.” A self-set goal allows students to control how and when they complete it. The report distinguished between performance goals and task-based ...