Employers, hiring managers, business owners and leaders and elected officials are invited to the second annual State of the Workforce, hosted by the Pikes Peak Workforce Center.

Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 25, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Citizens Service Center at 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, the breakfast meeting will feature Josh Davis of the center for Work Ethic Development. He’ll talk about the realities of the modern workforce.

Davis says that  employers are increasingly hiring talent based on soft skills like attitude and ambition, with the hope that they can train the new employees on things like tech skills and industry knowledge. The reality of the modern workforce is that foundational behaviors are the top traits that hiring managers are looking for in candidates, and yet employers often focus almost all of the training on academic and technical skills, Davis says. Job seekers need to develop the skills of work ethic, and employers have to be prepared to coach and develop these skills in their employees, according to a news release by the PPWFC.

The presentation showcases  training and leadership approaches to yield results within the workforce. By looking at the seven core behaviors of work ethic, cutting-edge research and generational differences, participants will discover actionable tactics they can use to develop the modern workforce. These tactics can mean the difference between sustained growth and continued stagnation in any company.


In addition to the presentation, the PPWFC will present the key accomplishments of the workforce center during 2014.

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Job seekers and local businesses that used workforce center services will share their stories of how the PPWFC helped them overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

Business owners, hiring managers, local leaders and elected officials should register at here. For more information, call 667-3730.


  1. Some of the soft skills employers are basing hiring decisions upon today are whether a potential employee can pass a background check, credit check, drug test, certification test and citizenship verification. In fact, don’t expect to get a job in the corporate world without it. This extreme scrutiny is being crammed down the throat of American workers by deeply flawed and unethical corporations and a corrupt government. And we should not accept and tolerate it.

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