Be Careful, the Person Next to You Probably Cant
Competitive Edge in Filling That Education Gap Between School And Work
Half of the jobs created by the year 2000 will require at least a high school education, while the United States growth in college enrollment is only 27 percent. Eighty-five percent of the employees who will be filling those jobs in three years are already in the workforce. Many of these workers are weak in math and communication skills. They are ill-prepared to work in an environment where 73 percent of U.S. employers consider computer skills essential. Weak skills cost companies money, however, many companies are taking the initiative and providing training programs. Hopefully by the turn of the century, employees will be better equipped to help carry us into the future.
Is Your Face Worth the Salary?
Today's work doesn't provide quick and tangible results, so many employees are reverting back to putting in "face time." According to Mary Young, a workplace scholar at the Human Resources Policy Institute at Boston University, employees are using the actual amount of time that their face is seen as a way to measure the amount of work performed. Employers are giving more work, keeping work time standards ambiguous and making it wrong to ask what is enough. According to Young, there needs to be some baseline established for employees so that they know where they stand in this ever changing work environment.