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The Pikes Peak Workforce Center, Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS commissioned a skills gap report based on concerns that skills employers needed did not match the experience possessed by workers. The survey covered eight employer industry sectors were identified and more than 1,200 organizations were invited to participate. There were 291 participants. “From the […]
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Inside a crowded Broadmoor hotel ballroom in October, the UCCS College of Business conducted its annual economic forum. Tatiana Bailey, forum director, pointed out the area’s historic low civilian participation rate — the percentage of the eligible working population (ages 16-65) who are active members of the workforce. While unemployment levels have bottomed out since […]
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The Women’s Resource Agency announced this week two new programs designed to benefit women and girls in the Pikes Peak region. First, WRA’s restructured “Career Dynamics” program will help and support women to find work through a structured, step-by-step, strengths-based and holistic approach. Second, the new “InterCept at Work” program is a quarterly, four-hour Saturday […]
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As a 20-year-old, Samuel Perry fell in with a bad crowd and ended up in prison. “I was incarcerated on three different occasions,” Perry said. “I knew I had to do something different.” When he was released from prison a year ago, he was unable to find a full-time job. People would hire him only […]
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A new study conducted by the University of Colorado-Boulder concluded that nail salon employees face health risks similar to those of working at an oil refinery or an auto garage, due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene. The study, which monitored volatile organic compound levels in six Colorado nail […]
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In the current climate of low unemployment and a changing workforce, employers are offering new types of perks and benefits, human resources experts say. Younger workers have different desires and expectations than those who are further along in their careers, but even later-stage employees want different things than they did 10 years ago. “We’re starting […]
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Small business owners are bottom-line oriented. They make decisions based on what makes financial sense. More times than not, however, doing right by their employees is just as important as the almighty dollar in the decision-making process. Small employers know a positive work environment means increased productivity, which in turn improves their bottom line. This […]
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About 400 million days. That’s the collective amount of earned leave, according to an Oxford Economics study, American workers walked away from in 2014. The numbers forgoing vacation for their vocation negatively impact not only employees’ mental and physical health and productivity, but can mean ancillary costs for employers and the economy as a whole. […]
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Like many others, you may struggle with a stalled career or lack of personal and professional growth. The prospect of initiating change is daunting. This is particularly true if you’re looking for a job, wanting to change companies or start a new career. When times are good, you charge forward on autopilot without much thought. […]
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By Lorna Gutierrez A new web-based platform will connect workforce programs at several area school districts and schools with employers. Developed by the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, the UCCS Economic Forum and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, the Workforce Asset Map is designed to inform employers which workforce centers are available throughout the […]
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In recent years, “startup” has become among the most frequently used terms in the business world — but along with its ubiquity has come some confusion as to its definition. British venture capitalist Paul Graham defined a startup company as simply one that is built for scalability. “Being newly founded does not in itself make […]
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Curbing workplace violence starts with talking to employees. Workers often back away when they witness an outburst from a disgruntled fellow employee, and supervisors don’t engage with the employee to determine the problem. When grievances don’t get addressed, or managers don’t try to determine what’s going on and defuse a situation, that may be setting […]
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