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It's Hard to Find Good, High Quality People Who Want to Work

 

As Steve Miller sang, "It just keeps getting tougher every day", and I mean that literally.

 

 

Experts tell us that 10,000 Baby Boomers will retire every day for the next 15 years.

 

 

Managers who’ve attended my seminars from California to New York and just about everywhere in between are complaining about it, but they're scared to say it out loud.

 

They're afraid they'll "offend" someone in this politically correct world. So I'll say it for you.

 

In fact, I'll scream it from the top of my lungs...

 

 

 

"Our 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 dressed man".

 

 

   

 

But today, 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 Optional"

 

 

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 not be visible.

 

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 small.

 

 

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.

 

But 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 call.

 

 

Can Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y Work Together?

 

 

We have Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Generation Y comprising one

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 mirror

2.  Pass a drug check

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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