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Navigating pandemic-era resume gaps: asking the right questions to build the best team

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For more than 50 years, a year-long resume gap was a clear red mark against a job applicant. Except for stay-at-home parents or applicants who went back to school, there really wasn’t much sympathy from an employer, even in recessions. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all that. One or two years out of work is the temporary new normal as …

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Poll Results: Is Northern Virginia ready for a 4-day workweek?

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Last week we shared information about two pending Bills, one Federal and one State, seeking to reduce the workweek to 32 hours and asked you to answer our poll, “is Virginia is ready for a 4-day workweek?” The results are in with 63.73% answering Yes, 30.39% answering No, and 5.88% answering Maybe. In addition, many people wrote comments, both for …

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Workforce Innovation Highlighted in Key Regional Programs

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Expanding Northern Virginia’s workforce and the continual pursuit of a stronger, inclusive regional work environment, are key components of the Chamber’s strategic plan and initiatives. We actively seek out opportunities to support our region’s employers and engage them with new and exciting workforce development options. We know that a stronger workforce ecosystem not only benefits employees but also employers and …

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Apprentice programs are a business win

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Whether you call it the “Great Resignation” or simply a workforce shortage, the truth is there are simply not enough workers to go around, and that trend looks to be continuing well into 2022. Chamber member companies are innovating solutions to solve these workforce challenges by putting a modern spin on apprenticeship programs. Despite what you may think, apprenticeship isn’t …

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WORKFORCE UPDATE Bringing Apprenticeship Programs to the Government Contracting and Banking Industries: New GWAN Cohorts Announced

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Workforce challenges is hardly a new topic these days, but sizzling negative headlines don’t tell the whole story, such as the many positive actions taken to attract and retain quality employees while improving diversity within our region. One such action that is brimming over with positive force is The Greater Washington Apprentice Network. In fact, the work of this program …

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WORKFORCE UPDATE: Season of Thankfulness

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the spirit of thankfulness, gratitude, and friendship. I’ve witnessed this same generous spirit within our membership and business community in the way they give back, lend a hand, and support one another. This year I am feeling particularly grateful to be doing impactful and meaningful work within this same amazing community, including the …

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WORKFORCE UPDATE: Apprentice programs are a workforce boon benefiting both employers and employees

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Throughout history, the workforce has benefited from apprentice programs, business relationships that have been proven to benefit employers and employees alike. Apprenticeships offer an opportunity to “earn and learn,” meaning that employees receive needed on-the-job training while still earning a living. Through apprentice programs, Employers can impart key skills and train workers in their own methods and techniques, the cost …

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WORKFORCE UPDATE: The results are in on our Northern Virginia Workforce Index study

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Workforce. It’s what drives our business community and can be a make or break factor in supply chains and corporate growth. Workforce is so vital to business that it is used as a barometer to determine a community’s health and potential, which is what first inspired us to conduct our Northern Virginia Workforce Index. After an intensive few months, we’re …