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Kids and the workplace


Many frustrated employers are complaining that the youths of today have no work ethic, that they are not driven and have no desire to advance within an organization or a career path. While that may be true for some, or even a large percentage of young people, it’s important not to write off that generation or generations after them. With proper planning and support from the entire community of employers, churches and parents, steps can be taken to train a generation who are committed, progressive and highly productive workers.{{more}}

It’s never too early to introduce the idea of work to children. No, this is not advocating child labour; however, helping children to understand what work is and how to be successful as a worker is important. Employed parents can begin to positively impact their children by their own example. Children learn by mirroring; so, if they see Mommy, Daddy or other family members getting up every day and going to work on time, with a positive attitude and some enthusiasm for their work, it will be impossible for children not to mirror that behaviour.

Children need to see possibilities. Far too many adults grew up with only a few career paths, nurse, doctor, lawyer, policeman, teacher or bank employee as the choice careers. Those who did not make it in these areas were often looked upon as failures or not very bright. Children need to be taught the many creative legal ways in which they can make a living. Too much time is spent on titles and positions, leaving those unable to compete feeling marginalized and despondent. Every effort should be placed into teaching children how to discover their gifts and talents and how to use their talents to support themselves and become contributing members of society.

Employers can help encourage our children by practising family friendly policies. Set one day aside when parents can bring their children to work to proudly show their children what they do. Many global companies are already holding this day. Pay employees well and ensure they are not overworked and underpaid. As a goodwill gesture to the community, companies should also consider starting mentoring programmes, so children can see an adult besides their parents working and doing well on the job. For some children, this may be the only positive influence they see.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]

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