There's a BIG Storm on the Horizon...
heard it from coast to coast.
People are complaining
about it all over the country. But they're scared to say it out loud
because 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...
"The work ethic in our great
country is going straight down the tubes and if that doesn't
change, we're in BIG trouble!"
There was a time when our workforce was known for
its productivity, but now it's becoming known for its
People today think the world owes them something.
I can’t even watch HGTV with my beautiful bride
anymore – especially “Property Virgins”. If I hear one more
twenty something couple whining that they don’t want a house
because it doesn’t have granite countertops and stainless steel
appliances, I’m afraid I’ll break the TV.
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
North Carolina told me his administrative assistant
showed up for work one morning in her pajamas.
I thought we had
sunk as far as we could go when employers had to start updating
their policy manuals to specify that no undergarments should be
visible. Then a hospital
administrator in South Carolina told me they had to update their
policy manual to specify that undergarments must be worn, and
began telling young female employees that they needed to "Cover
the three B's at all times".
People think it's
okay to wear anything to work these days!
Raises Are Earned,
There was a time
when people were taught to work hard and they'd be rewarded. But
an increasing number of people today think they "deserve" a
raise just because they've been there six months, even though
they haven't done ANYTHING to increase their value to the
company. We've gone from “How
can I serve my company?” to “How many vacation days do I get and when can I start taking
And as far as office
etiquette, well, that's becoming a joke for many people.
Managers who’ve attended my seminars from
California to New York and just about everywhere in between have
told me about applicants who take cell phone calls during the interview.
even asked the manager to step out of the office while he took
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 over thirty years ago, 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.
Where Are All The
Good People Who Want to Work?
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 more
scary than the declining work ethic is the increasing skills
gap. How ironic that the unemployment rate has doubled over the
past decade, yet thousands of good paying jobs go unfilled every
A manager who
attended my seminar in Omaha told me they were so desperate for
labor that if an applicant could pass their “Five Step Process”,
there were virtually assured a job.
The five steps were:
1. Show up
for the interview
2. Fill out
an application without "too many" misspellings
3. Fog a
4. Pass a
5. Pass a
criminal background check
Now more than ever, America needs strong managers
and smart business leaders that know how to
find, manage, motivate, and keep the best people.
Unfortunately, employees don’t come with an
instruction manual. And most managers are thrown into management
with little training.
This is why I’ve
made it my life's work to show managers and business owners how
to attract, manage, motivate, and keep the best people.
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