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Covid and Teleworking – A practical Guide by ILO

The purpose of the Guide is to provide practical and actionable recommendations for effective teleworking that are applicable to a broad range of actors; to support policymakers in updating existing policies; and to provide a flexible framework through which both private enterprises and public sector organizations can develop or update their own teleworking policies and … Continue reading

Reskilling and Upskilling – Guidelines on Rapid Assessment in response to the COVID-19 crisis

Skills development has an important role to play in the immediate effort to lessen the impact of COVID-19 while the pandemic is active, in building the resilience of workers and firms, and in preparing for recovery. Time is of the essence in this response, to help speed recovery from recession, to get people back to … Continue reading

Open Badges and Open Microcredentials – A guide to get started

This article is intended as a practical resource to help interested organizations design and implement an open badging system. Open badges are a type of open credential designed to recognize a variety of skills, knowledge, and experiences, both inside and outside of traditional educational settings. While growing in popularity, common questions asked by those interested … Continue reading

Tips for Transitioning Back Into the Workplace

Guess post by Jessica Larson – The pandemic brought our economy and our entire lives to a screeching halt. People in many professions had to start working from home to slow the spread of the disease as medical professionals raced to understand it.  We’re nowhere near being out of the woods, but many companies are … Continue reading

Work and Video-conferencing – Which one should I choose?

Zoom, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams have perhaps been the most closely contending services vying for users in recent weeks. Each provider has been keeping a watchful eye on their rivals and releasing updates on what seems to have become a near-weekly basis, with the view to giving them an edge over the competition. The … Continue reading

COVID and Skills – How should you rethink your talent strategy ?

How should you rethink your talent strategy so that you have the people you need when the recovery starts? CEOs will be faced with difficult people decisions. However, given the importance of talent in accelerating progress, it’s critical to adopt a through-cycle mindset on people—not just in keeping the right talent but also in building … Continue reading

Teleworking – How to be a successful and persuasive communicator

As social distancing becomes the new normal throughout the U.S. and the world, professionals across industries are making drastic and immediate changes to their work and presentation styles. Remote work was a rising trend before the COVID-19 pandemic, with regular work-at-home growing 173 percent since 2005. With so many additional businesses moving to a work-at-home structure … Continue reading

COVID and Teleworking – 15 tips and tricks on How to use Zoom (free PDF) from TechRepublic

Video conferencing has become more important than ever, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. Zoom, a popular social platform, has experienced a surge of new users ranging from remote workers to schools. Zoom combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration, enabling users to meet locally, nationally, and globally on any device, anywhere, at any … Continue reading

COVID and UI in US – Changes in state Unemployment Insurance rules

The COVID-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented expansion in unemployment insurance (UI) eligibility across states. While more than forty states had modified UI rules by the end of March, not all states responded in the same way. In this article, I summarize the changes to state UI rules in response to the crisis and explore … Continue reading

COVID and Jobs in Canada – Companies hiring right now

This list will be updated on a weekly basis. Walmart Fulfillment associate Retail sales associate Cashier Dairy associate Loblaws Cashier Produce clerk Sobeys Grocery associate Cashier Produce clerk Bakery clerk Ceridian Product marketing manager Implementation specialist Senior operations manager Localization manager Performance engineer 7-Eleven Sales associate Assistant store manager GardaWorld Security Guard Security Officer G4S … Continue reading

COVID, Library of Congress and Teachers – Classroom materials and professional development to help teachers

For Educators: Classroom Materials & Online Office Hours The Library of Congress offers classroom materials and professional development to help teachers effectively use primary sources from the Library’s vast digital collections in their teaching. https://loc.gov/teachers/

CARES Act for IT in US – The bill in 10 pieces

The CARES Act Federal Stimulus package in the U.S. is a complicated piece of legislation. We’ve broken down 10 pieces of the bill that tech business owners should know about. Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story @ Here’s What Tech Businesses Need to Know about the CARES Act | Business of Technology | … Continue reading

COVID and Virtual Hiring – Tips for job seekers and recruiters (free PDF) by TechRepublic

This free PDF download from TechRepublic offers tips for how to land the job from  afar and best practices for hosting online interviews. In the download: How COVID-19 is impacting job seekers and hiring managers Hiring precautions due to the coronavirus How to nail a job interview via video conferencing How to hire a top … Continue reading

COVID-19 – Promote and enhance digital learning

A substantial increase in the use of digital delivery globally is under way across all segments of the workforce, from frontline managers to senior leaders. In regions such as Asia, where travel restrictions and work-from-home policies have been in place for weeks, digitally enabled experiences have also created new benefits. These include an increased sense … Continue reading

Canadian Outlook Summary from The Conference Board of Canada (CBC) – To the brink of recession

Canada’s economic growth ground to a halt in the fourth quarter of 2019. With the economy already on precarious footing, the added shocks of the recent rail blockade protests, the arrival of COVID-19, and a collapse in oil prices have brought the country to the brink of recession. Contents of the Spring 2020 summary: The … Continue reading

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