It's Hard to Find Good, High
Quality People Who Want to Work
Pew Research estimates
10,000 Baby Boomers will retire every day for the next 15 years.
attended my seminars from California to New York and
everywhere in between say the same thing...
Work Ethic is Going Down the Tubes!
There was a time
when people came to a job looking for ways to make a difference.
But these days,
people think the world owes them something.
I can’t even watch HGTV with my beautiful bride
anymore. If I hear one more
young couple whining that their starter house doesn't have granite countertops and stainless steel
appliances, I’ll break the TV.
John F. Kennedy
nailed it when he said "Ask not what your country can do for
you, ask what you can do for your country".
Applying that to the
workplace, we've gone from "What can I do to serve my company?"
to "How many paid vacation days do I get, and how soon can I
start taking them?"
"If You'd Wear It to
the State Fair, Don't Wear It to Work"
When I graduated
college, we were taught to dress like professionals if we wanted
to succeed. We read the John T. Molloy book "Dress for Success".
We listened to ZZ Top sing "Every girl's crazy about a sharp
job applicants show up for the interview wearing flip flops. An
HR Director in North Carolina told me his administrative assistant
showed up for work one morning in her pajamas.
"Underwear Is Not
I thought we had
sunk as far as we could go when employers had to start updating
their policy manuals to specify that thong underwear and boxers should
Then a hospital
administrator in South Carolina told me they had to update their
policies to specify that underwear must be worn, after a young
woman went "Commando" while wearing scrubs that were way too
People think it's
okay to wear anything to work these days.
"You Don't Get a
Trophy Just for Showing Up "
There was a time
when people were taught to work hard and they'd be rewarded with
raises and promotions.
an increasing number of people today think they deserve a
raise just because they've been there six months, and that
promotions should be handed to them on a sliver platter.
"Don't Read Your
Text Messages While a Customer's Talking to You"
And as far as office
etiquette, well, that's becoming a joke for many people.
Managers who’ve attended my seminars have
told me about applicants who take cell phone calls during the interview.
One applicant even
asked the manager to step out of the office while he took the
Can Baby Boomers,
Gen X, and Gen Y Work Together?
We have Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Generation Y
workforce, but with distinctly differently ideas
of what it means to be a professional.
I’m a proud American and love my country. When I
became an Eagle Scout as a kid, I was taught to
appreciate all the freedom and opportunity we have as Americans.
I believe those still exist.
But our work ethic is going down the tubes and if
that doesn’t change soon, all that freedom and opportunity will
be for naught.
"The Skills Gap"
While politicians pile on the rhetoric about creating jobs, none
of them mention how many jobs go unfilled because employers
can’t find enough people willing to work.
The only thing scarier than the declining work ethic is the increasing skills
gap. How ironic that the unemployment rate doubled over the
past decade, yet thousands of good paying jobs went (and
continue to go) unfilled.
A manager who
attended my seminar in Omaha told me they were so desperate for
labor that the joke in her company is that if an applicant can pass these
three steps, they're virtually assured a job:
1. Fog a
2. Pass a
3. Pass a
criminal background check
She admitted she was
exaggerating, but quickly added that it wasn't by much.
It Would Be So Much
Easier if Employees Came with an Instruction Manual
Now more than ever, America needs strong leaders that know how to manage, motivate, and keep the best people.
Unfortunately, most managers are thrown into management
with little training.
This is why I’ve
made it my life's work to help managers and business owners how
to attract, manage, motivate, and keep the best people.
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