In an article from Lehigh Valley Business, Brian Pedersen digs into the generational gap in “soft skills” with the newest generation of workers.
Some argue that it’s tied to technology and the more isolated social interaction of the new workers (born after 1996). Can a group who spends much of their time on their phones work in situations which require one to one and group communication, collaboration, and problem-solving?
With a shortage of workers looming, employers are finding creative recruiting techniques to fill the open positions. Younger workers have insight into the new ways of communicating that keeps companies competitive. From the other direction the older workers can coach on interpersonal skills. Such reciprocal mentoring seems to be an idea that is catching on.
It requires letting go of long-held ideas of what drives workers. The young workers favor meaningful experiences and social causes above making money. Time will tell
Read the full article: As youngest gen goes to work, the soft skills gap grows
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