Millennials Unprepared for Workplace Challenges

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-19-2014 Email

CIOs and other managers realize they're highly dependent upon the present and future performance of Millennials to remain competitive. But this younger generation of workers is falling short when it comes to the soft skills required to get the job done, according to a recent survey from Bentley University. The accompanying report, "Millennials in the Workplace," indicates that business leaders need these employees to better prepare themselves for the level of communications, professionalism and team focus required to succeed today. (Surprisingly, they're not as concerned about whether Millennials have job-specific capabilities.) "What is clear is that the current lack of preparedness among Millennials could have direct consequences on company productivity and our economy," according to the report. "Thus, it's crucial that all stakeholders work together to find a way to close the skills gap. Encouragingly, all stakeholders recognize that they are part of the preparedness problem, but more importantly, they also agree that each has a role in solving it." Nearly 3,150 respondents took part in the research—a broad participant pool which included business decision-makers, corporate recruiters and representatives of higher education, in addition to members of the general public. For more about the survey, click here



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