November 4, 2016: Friday news roundup

The roundup has been on a brief hiatus, but we’re back and ready to share some online goodness! Read on for thoughts on Britain’s skills gap, getting a job and then succeeding in it, and a legend of journalism now teaching on Udemy.

School-leavers “lack essential workplace skills
Yup, it’s just the latest study finding young people aren’t prepared to work. To be clear, this refers to 18-year-olds in the UK, not university grads, but we’ve read this kind of thing about those with a college degree too. The top areas of deficiency were business skills and people skills, and it’s also affecting the newbies’ coworkers, who say their workload has increased to compensate for the skills shortage.

Don’t look now! How your devices hurt your productivity
Think about your relationship with your email inbox. We consider email an essential tool, but it’s also sapping our ability to focus and get stuff done. Each time you simply check for new messages, you’re breaking your concentration. All of this jumping between different activities is messing with our brain chemistry. Check out this article’s savvy suggestions for minimizing distraction.  

Sociologists have identified the two kinds of people most likely at get ahead at work
You want to get noticed at work and advance on your career path. So, should you try to fit in with the culture and be a team player? Or should you go the maverick route and stand out from the crowd? Researchers at UC Berkeley wanted to know the answer. They identified four “organizational archetypes” and evaluated which ones are most likely to move up.

Is your employee ready to be a manager?
Maybe you’re on the other side of the equation—looking at your direct reports and figuring out who’s ready for that promotion to management. It’s not as simple as seeing who’s been around the longest or even who seems most driven to lead. This article suggests some great questions to ask and what you need to watch and listen for.

Dan Rather on Udemy
We are super-excited to have launched a new course this week from Dan Rather, one of the most experienced, respected, and influential news journalists of all time. Dan hasn’t been too thrilled by the media lately, particularly in its coverage of the presidential election, and he has concerns about how Americans are finding and processing the news. He’s become something of a social media star for speaking out about the critical role of journalism and how each of us can (and should) educate ourselves to better parse today’s complex and noisy media environment. Go enroll in “Dan Rather on journalism and finding the truth in news”, and learn from one of the masters of the craft.