The NOW Normal.

Life has changed dramatically for all of us in the Charlotte region over the past couple of weeks.  Given the vast uncertainties we’re facing with COVID-19 and the economy, the Croixstone team isn’t quite ready to call these times the “new” normal.  We prefer to think of our current state as the “now’ normal.  

Whether you are presently employed or seeking your next opportunity, COVID-19 is causing all of us to think, and act, differently. The following links are designed to help you navigate the “now” normal.

Learn about consulting.
Join Croixstone + the Charlotte Chapter of the National Black MBA Association for a virtual Zoom meeting/webinar on “The Business of Consulting.”  Joining us will be leaders from Deloitte, The Kaleidoscope Group + The Graybeard Partners.  Wednesday, April 8 from 6-7:3pm.
Grab your tickets here.

Learn how consulting revenues may be impacted by COVID-19.
Yes, the consulting industry is being impacted.  Source Global Research has surveyed hundreds of consulting firms from across the world to gain insights.
Click here.

Find a job.
Your best strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic might be to focus on short-term solutions.
View this Fast Company article to learn more.

Learn more about collaboration tools.
Inc. magazine has compiled a comprehensive list of tools including pricing.
Click here.

Learn how to stay productive + connected while at home.
LinkedIn is offering 16 free professional development courses on Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom and more.
Click here.

Learn Zoom basics.
Zoom experts host interactive, live training webinars daily.
Sign-up for free or watch a previously recorded training session.
Click here.

Take your Zoom skills to the next level.
Learn 13 Zoom video chat tips, tricks + hidden features.
Click here.

Learn how to run a virtual meeting.
An executive recruiter shares 8 cardinal rules for successful virtual meetings with Forbes.
Click here.

Access a library of COVID-19 resources.
Check out the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s “COVID-19 Resource Portal.”
Click here.

Learn how to lead during a crisis/downturn.
5 great tips from Chief Executive magazine.
Click here.

Find your right work-from-home playlist.
LinkedIn is now on Spotify with a variety of playlists curated for the varying times of your career journey.
Click here.


Coronavirus Toolkit Links

The COVID-19 outbreak is undoubtedly a global humanitarian challenge. While addressing the humanitarian challenge is a top priority, many business thought leaders are concurrently providing insights and best practices to help business leaders navigate through these uncertain times.

This special blog post is dedicated to spotlighting a curated list of quality resources (many at no cost) to help business leaders in making crucial people and organizational decisions during the ongoing crisis.

Accounting Today:  Coronavirus Resources (free)
Charlotte Observer:  Coronavirus Updates (no paywall)
CDC:  Coronavirus Website
Deloitte:  Coronavirus Resources (free)
EY:  Coronavirus Resources (free)
Inc. Magazine:  Free Remote Working Software Options
Grant Thornton:  Coronavirus Resources (free)
Korn Ferry:  Leadership in an Outbreak (free)
KPMG:  Coronavirus Resources (free)
McKinsey & Company:  Executive Briefs (free)
PwC:  Coronavirus Resources (free)
The New York Times:  Coronavirus Resources (free with registration)
SHRM:  Coronavirus Resources (membership required)
Vox:  Free Work From Home Software Options
Wall Street Journal:  Coronavirus Site (free)


Older Workers are in Demand

The norms about working at older ages have changed.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the economy gained over 2 million jobs over the past 12 months.  The number of employed workers age 65 or older rose by 697,000 – about 36% of the total gain.

Both of Croixstone’s practices (Consulting and Solutions) are dedicated to representing only highly-experienced professionals.  Given our own firm’s growth, we are not surprised that older workers are accounting for a significant proportion of job growth.

Learn more.


Opioid Crisis Myths + Truths

Last month, the Croixstone team invested in professional development to learn more about the very serious opioid crisis that is not only a public health issue, but a serious economic and workforce productivity problem.

We joined an educational seminar hosted by Social Venture Partners Charlotte that featured a 3-person panel comprised of a police officer, physician and social worker.  Croixstone learned that four North Carolina cities rank in the top 25 cities for opioid abuse.  Furthermore, the #1 city for opioid abuse is Wilmington, NC!

Learn about the myths and truths about the opioid crisis.


2020 Job Search + Career Predictions

Today’s job market is shifting at unprecedented speeds as new technologies, globalization and economic shifts continue to drive change.  Highly-experienced professionals, like those for whom Croixstone serves, will benefit from these changes.  Learn more in this January 7, 2020 article from Forbes entitled “2020 Job Search and Career Predictions for Baby Boomers.”


ISM’s Report on Business

The Institute For Supply Management‘s Manufacturing “Report On Business” is often cited as a key barometer of the economy.  The organization released its latest report on September 3, 2019 with statistics showing that manufacturing activity has shifted into reverse last month for the first time in three years. 

Learn About ISM’s “Report On Business”


Manufacturing’s Demographic Sea Change

25% of the manufacturing workforce is over 55 years old. At the same time, the manufacturing industry is struggling to attract enough younger workers with the right skills and qualifications. Facing a workforce crisis—with open jobs in manufacturing recently reaching an all-time high—manufacturers are finding that retaining older workers is not only a necessity but an asset. Learn more here.