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Mark contributes weekly to, exploring careers, education, the millennial and Z generations, the skills gap, and workforce development. He brings a fresh perspective to the conversation about today’s younger generations and what they’re truly capable of in our changing economy and workforce. Check out his latest pieces below.

Employees Want More Friends At Work. Why Aren’t They Finding Them?

Posted July 24, 2022 by Mark Perna

New research reveals that the lack of human connection is not just a remote work issue. It’s a culture problem—and it’s probably hurting your company.

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Flexibility Or Else: Teacher Retention In The Brave New World Of Education

Posted July 17, 2022 by Mark Perna

Students and teachers alike can thrive when flexibility is built into the educational experience.

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Why America’s Restaurant Staffing Crisis Could Make It Harder To Go Out To Eat

Posted July 10, 2022 by Mark Perna

As some restaurants consider shutting down due to staffing shortages, the social experience of going out to eat may become harder to come by.

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How To Turn Your Career Break Into An Advantage At Your Next Interview

Posted June 27, 2022 by Mark Perna

Why job seekers and employers should flip the script and embrace time taken away from work as an asset—not a liability.

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Why Employers Need To Look Beyond Skills To Land The Perfect Employee

Posted June 20, 2022 by Mark Perna

The best hires are people who also exhibit the right behaviors that fit your culture.

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You Need More Than Just Pay Raises To Win The War For Talent

Posted June 13, 2022 by Mark Perna 79% of currently employed workers believe they can make better money elsewhere. Can they? Mark’s article, “You Need More Than...

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After High School, Then What? New Grants Are Making The 13th Year Possible

Posted June 11, 2022 by Mark Perna

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation just awarded twelve $175,000 grants. The goal? To create more dual enrollment opportunities for students who may never otherwise consider college.

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Toxic Work Culture Is The #1 Factor Driving People To Resign

Posted June 6, 2022 by Mark Perna

A risk management expert explains what a toxic work culture looks like—and how leaders can respond with a plan for change.

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Deloitte: Almost Half Of Gen Z Workers Live With Financial Anxiety Every Day

Posted May 28, 2022 by Mark Perna

Deloitte’s 2022 report reveals the biggest worries of Gen Z—and they’re not that different from the rest of the workforce.

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Does College Make Sense For Your Career? The Answer Is A Big Maybe

Posted May 22, 2022 by Mark Perna

College is no longer the only way to level up your skills. Alternatives are emerging—so which one is right for you?

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