Young people cannot educate themselves. Our society has created a generation of youth that is not ready to work. We have not done our share of showing them a positive work ethic, instilling a respect for authority or teaching usable skills. And that makes the thought of them entering the workplace a scary proposition for many employers. Unfortunately, becoming aware of the fact is not helping the situation: companies are still slow to engage and educate young people at an early age.
Be patient and train young people the way you want them. Employers tend to be impatient with youths. But they will learn if we are patient with them. Yes, your patience will run thin at times, but thatâs okay. Many of todayâs youth have not grown up with manners and the same behavioural expectations that we did, and they have not had “the villageâ to help show them right from wrong. So, train them, and hold them to a higher expectation than what they are accustomed to. Yes, some will leave after you train them but that is a cost of doing any business.
This generation is used to a fast-paced, highly interactive world, and if your place of employment is traditionally based, maybe itâs time to think of ways to spice it up. Donât be afraid to ask your young employees for suggestions. They can think and reason when given the opportunity to do so. This generation has so much to offer, but we need to be prepared to nurture them and allow them to demonstrate their capabilities.
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