Labor Day in the United States is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.
Workforce development, an American approach to economic development, it attempts to enhance a region’s economic stability and prosperity by focusing on people rather than businesses. It essentially develops a human-resources strategy.
Workforce development is the foundation of the strength of American labor and has laid the groundwork for the industrial and technology revolution in our country across many generations. Over time, we as Americans have always been the leader in new technology advancements and our employee workforce development.
In today’s highly technological environment, globalization is creating more competition in research and development causing new technologies to develop faster than ever. This is a factor that is creating tremendous pressure on colleges, universities and workforce development organizations to keep up with the technology.
In addition, the caveat to this problem is the way we communicate and market globally in meeting the skills-gap in higher education. Especially to the generation of students and new business leaders who now look to get engaged, make choices and make their decisions over the Internet. Currently, enormous sums of budgeted monies are shifting to digital media and with companies that are going are “all in,” colleges and universities will be under tremendous pressure to develop digital strategies for not only online training programs but also how they promote and interactively communicate, connect and retain students and customers. This is a different caveat and challenge that our higher educational institutions are faced with and their success will depend on whether their functional experts really know what they’re talking about and how to execute this strategy.
So as we go into the Labor Day holiday, let’s make effort to come together to collaborate continuously with our technology and marketing partners on building new innovative programs our workforce needs and to be able to effectively and efficiently share these accomplishments to a new generation of students and business leaders. Accomplish that, and we’ve paved a direct route to workforce success in the American labor movement.
Have a wonderful Labor Day!