Bosses say American workers fall short
A new survey finds that most think their employees lack necessary collaborative, communication and critical-thinking skills.
Ah, silly surrendering socialists, when will they ever learn that . . . wait, it seems American executives think U.S. labor is pretty worthless, too.
In a recent survey by the American Management Association, the nation's bosses and board members made it clear that they believe American workers lack the basic skills necessary for collaboration, communication and critical thinking. The survey suggests about 20% of workers lack even the most rudimentary creative skills, while the number of executives rating their employees as below average has jumped since 2010.
Are any of them bold enough to stop hiding behind their surveys, come out of the boardroom and say it to employees' faces? This is the business world, so of course they are.
"The emphasis over the past years has been on high-tech skills like math and science for workers, but what's missing in the discussion is the ability to communicate and make key decisions at lower levels," Ed Reilly, chief executive of the American Management Association, told CNBC.
Before employees get all worked up, however, it should be noted that the survey respondents didn't just throw some shade at their underlings and walk offstage. They clearly spelled out areas where employees can improve and explained what exactly they're looking for. Basically, they want more "human" from their human resources and for workers to stop acting like the numbers on a balance sheet they turn into at layoff time.
Executives want people who can make decisions, talk and write to their co-workers in ways that are both welcome and easily understood, work well with other people and be innovative and take action on their own when the group is getting too sluggish. When one in five of the people around you uses "I don't know, maybe" as a catch phrase, speaks in clipped phrases like a teenager, treats memos like text messages and is content to zone out once his or her ideas get rejected at a meeting, that tends to drag down performance a bit.
It's also on management to hire those involved folks who weren't exactly in demand when companies were padding the payroll numbers a decade or so ago. While teaching kids to communicate and collaborate early on helps, the survey also suggests, companies have to make an effort to not only find people with those skills but train those who lack them.
The key point is that America's private sector can add all the jobs its wants, but it's going to keep falling behind if its workforce doesn't quickly develop some critical skills.
These CEOs brought this on themselves by voting themselves these enormous salaries, offshoring the jobs and the continual use of rampant downsizing to please shareholders.
"I don't know"? After two downsizes and one termination, I am not telling you everything I know either. This is no longer your Daddy's workplace and Daddy no longer works for you. You have a generation of new employees whose parents were downsized, now you got attitude. What did you expect - minions?
My job now depends on last quarter's earnings, not on being helpful or a team player. At some point, you will hear me say "I don't know. Ask Bob".
What bosses and boards say about workers is largely true. However, what workers say about bosses and boards is also.
In the dance of death, everyone holds hands.
I have an uncle with all kinds of qualifications and he can`t get a job because of his
age, 60, so he started his own business and now he makes over $100,000 a year.
The dumbing down of America is a Great part of the problem..
Critical skills and thinking are not allowed in except maybe Labs..
College Grads unless uppity, have learned to fly below the Radar, not to make waves.
( do your job, collect your paycheck, go drink, go home to Mom and Dad's place.)
Management want people to just do and not think about it...
Most managers are more concerned about numbers, then the work enviroment..
exception: Maybe places like Microsoft, Apple and others, that encourage out-side-the-box and celebrations for "new releases."
Management is just as guilty as the workers, of this Scenario, of Robotic behavior.
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
[BRIEFING.COM] S&P futures vs fair value: +2.90. Nasdaq futures vs fair value: +6.50. The stock market is on track for a modestly higher start as futures on the S&P 500 trade three points above fair value. Index futures hovered in the red through the majority of the overnight session, but climbed off their lows after European markets opened for action. At this time, indices in Germany, France, and the UK hold gains between 0.6% and 0.9%, while Italy's MIB (+1.1%) outperforms amid ... More
More Market News
'We're not exactly in a uniformly strong market,' says the notably pessimistic newsletter publisher.
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'