Disability Employment in Minnesota


by Mohamed Mourssi Finding and retaining talented, diverse employees is important for businesses to stay competitive. Highly qualified job seekers with disabilities are frequently overlooked and underestimated. Recent reports show that about nine million unemployed Americans with significant disabilities are seeking jobs. Federal, state, and local governments, along with chambers of commerce and nonprofit organizations, … Continue reading Disability Employment in Minnesota

Having a Courageous Conversation at Work


by Rachel Vilsack Sometimes conflict arises at work. While it might seem easier to avoid confronting a coworker, it’s often best for the work environment to tackle the issue head on. Otherwise the coworker or the situation will continue to trigger you, which can negatively impact your relationship with your coworker. Here are five steps … Continue reading Having a Courageous Conversation at Work

Do You Think Critically When Building Your Network?


by Joe McKenzie A few months back I wrote an article asking the question, “Do you value your network?” I received a lot of feedback and had numerous discussions with my own network connections as a result of the article. The discussions made me wonder: does the current professional networking environment - and the ease with which … Continue reading Do You Think Critically When Building Your Network?

Know Who and What Pushes Your Buttons at Work


by Rachel Vilsack Are there things or people at work who “push your buttons,” causing you to have a strong emotional reaction? Understanding who (people) and what (situations) push our buttons can help us identify when we’ve been triggered and take some corrective action. This helps us build emotional intelligence on the job, which helps … Continue reading Know Who and What Pushes Your Buttons at Work

Get Trained on How to Use Labor Market Information


by Rachel Vilsack The Regional Analyst and Outreach unit at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is offering classes on labor market information this fall. This 3-hour class will provide you with an overview and better understanding of the regional economy and job market by: Applying job market information to job development and … Continue reading Get Trained on How to Use Labor Market Information

Putting Emotional Intelligence to Work


by Rachel Vilsack Interpersonal communication and conflict resolution are skills that employers often mention as being desirable for their current and future employees. I often think of this as emotional intelligence, which is the ability to understand emotions – in yourself and others – and to use this information to manage your behavior and relationships. … Continue reading Putting Emotional Intelligence to Work