EDITOR’S DESK: Taking education seriously, behaving professionally can pay

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:07 PM.

Time Magazine cites a survey by the Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College; according to results, 60 percent of employers said applicants just lack basic job skills. So they might have the education, but they can't communicate effectively, dress or act professionally.

In a past job, I dealt with that a lot: Thinking that being asked to perform a task was an option. Reporting to work in flip-flops or glassy-eyed. Bemoaning bills, birth control and other personal issues that have no place of discussion in a workplace. Not completing tasks or flat out telling a supervisor, "I'm not doing this, but I'm doing this..." (Can't stress enough how this was another job in another state.)

I've read stories in trade magazines about millenials bringing their parents to a job interview. It's what happens when you win a trophy for being part of the team or get a gold star "just for being special" — i.e., without having earned it. (OK, that last part's just my soapbox.)

Just some thoughts to ponder.

In other words, back to the daily grind and usual problems, which might be a refreshing change after the unusual destruction we witnessed during last week's record flooding.

We'll be following up on that, by the way. But as of this writing, there's no new information on expected costs to repair damaged roads. 

What's your view? Write a letter to the editor or tweet News Bulletin Editor Thomas Boni @cnbeditor.

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