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Deb Volzer

Deb Volzer

Dr. Debra Volzer is Sr. Director of State and Workforce Development for Wiley Education Services. Her focus is to identify, engage and secure innovative learning partners interested in closing the skills gap. Her efforts work collaboratively with Industry and Learning Partners to identify and align models and solutions that increase learner success and streamline pathways to skills attainment. In this role she works to identify and align a shared vision and promotes collaboration of next-generation education solutions. Prior to joining Wiley, Volzer worked with corporations including Pearson North America, Barnes and Noble Education and Community College Futures Assembly and held administrative and teaching positions at the Ohio Board of Regents, Ohio Learning Network, the Ohio State University, Franklin University and Ohio Dominican. Volzer holds degree from the University of Kansas, Yale University and the Ohio State University.

Recent posts by Deb Volzer

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5 Ways to Close the Widening Skills Gap in Corporate America

By Deb Volzer on April 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Companies large and small are reporting a widening skills gap between their current workforce and the needs of the business.

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Why closing skills gaps should be a priority for your company

By Deb Volzer on March 23, 2021 at 10:12 AM

Topics: Upskilling Reskilling Staffing Engagement Talent Mobility People Management Employee Benefits
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3 Reasons Why Talent Mobility Should Be Your Company’s Top Priority in 2021

By Deb Volzer on March 9, 2021 at 9:30 AM

As the name implies, talent mobility is the movement of workers within and across an enterprise. Whether it’s deploying people between projects, teams, divisions or locations, the goal is improving employee retention while supporting the corporate culture, achieving organizational objectives, and advancing the company’s business strategy.

Topics: Training Upskilling Staffing Talent Mobility
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How to develop a strong employee value proposition in 3 steps

By Deb Volzer on February 22, 2021 at 9:30 AM

Whether or not they realize it, organizations have an employee value proposition (EVP). Sometimes, the EVP is official; other times, it’s based on perception. Simply put, an employee value proposition is what makes an organization attractive to employees – why they want to be there, rather than take a job someplace else.

Topics: Staffing Align Engagement People Management Employee Support Employee Benefits
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Tops tips to keep your employees happy in the new world of work

By Deb Volzer on September 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM

The media is flooded with talk about how much the workplace is changing – with more focus on remote working, automation and e-commerce than ever before – but one aspect of our working world that will remain constant is the need for employees to be satisfied and engaged. That’s why, despite all the disruption of Coronavirus, we’re celebrating International Week of Happiness at Work and thinking about what organizations can be doing right now to give their employees the best possible experience, every day.

Topics: Upskilling Reskilling Engagement
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3 Ways that UPskilling is an Effective Alternative to DOWNsizing.

By Deb Volzer on September 3, 2020 at 6:45 AM

Winning companies consistently show similar traits in their operations that contribute to success. Key among them is the implementation of a strong learning culture. Even in times of crisis or a downturn in the economy, these organizations recognize the importance of upskilling their workforce to keep existing talent relevant and their companies competitive.

Topics: Upskilling Reskilling
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Could Upskilling Be the Answer to the U.S. Nurse Shortage?

By Deb Volzer on August 20, 2020 at 1:21 PM

For decades now, the U.S. has been facing a mounting crisis in healthcare. There are not enough nurses, and specifically Registered Nurses (RNs), to meet increasing need. Nurses make up 50% of the healthcare workforce and by 2022, nursing will be the most in demand profession in the U.S. With a physician shortage projected to reach 46,900 to 121,900 by 2032, nurses are increasingly being tapped to fill gaps in care. All this would appear to bode well for career security in the nursing field, so why are there not enough nursing practitioners prepared to meet patient demand?

Topics: Upskilling Reskilling
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3 Talent Strategies Your Company Should Follow in an Economic Crisis

By Deb Volzer on August 13, 2020 at 11:17 AM

During an economic downturn most organizations look at ways to tighten budgets and reduce spending. Unfortunately, layoffs are too often used as a first layer cost-cutting measure. While the severity of a downturn as well as the industry an organization inhabits can make downsizing inevitable, this article explores three scenarios in which an alternative approach may be applied.

Topics: Upskilling Reskilling