Nation's Youth Not Ready to Enter Workforce
Fifty-six percent of those polled in a Workplace Options survey feel that more than a quarter of the nation's youth do not have the skills to be prepared to work, and 21% feel that more than half the nation's youth don't possess the skill sets to be workforce-ready.
More than 70% of the general public believe K-12 or higher education plays a key role in preparing youth for work, and only 3% believe employers have the most responsibility to prepare young people for work, the survey found. Sixty-eight percent feel that young people with a high school diploma are not prepared to work, whereas 35% express the same concern for young people with college degrees.
According to the general public, young people are lacking the following skills:
• Professionalism (37%)
• Critical thinking and problem-solving skills (19%)
• Basic skills (writing, reading and math) (16%)
• Communication skills (written and oral) (15%)
• Creativity (5%)
"Our nation's businesses and communities must step up to the plate to help prepare our youth for entering the workplace with the right skills and competencies for tomorrow's success," comments Workplace Options CEO Dean Debnam. "Effective partnerships with businesses, state and local leaders, education systems and communities will help produce a competitive workforce and enable these young people to realize their full potential."
Nearly One-Third of Employers Willing to Negotiate Salary Increases for 2011
With 43% of employers reporting concern that their top talent may leave their organizations when the economy improves, workers may have more leverage when it comes to compensation reviews, a CareerBuilder survey reveals. Thirty-one percent of employers polled said they are willing to negotiate 2011 salary increases with current employees.
Fifty-one percent plan to leave some negotiating room when extending initial offers to new employees, with 21% willing to extend two or more offers to the same candidate.
Workers in certain industries may find their bosses more open to bargaining than others. Forty-five percent of IT employers say they are open to negotiating salary increases with current employees for 2011, followed by 41% in professional and business services, 39% in retail and 38% in sales.
Employers cited the following as the most effective ways for current employees to negotiate better compensation.
• Highlight specific accomplishments and results you received (48%)
• Know the range of salary you want and have justification for the increase (39%)
• Show an understanding ofwhat is important to the company (37%)
• Come prepared with your history of performance reviews (26%)
Employers who are unable to provide raises said they are willing to offer the following perks:
• more flexible work hours (42%)
• bonuses (29%)
• training (23%)
• vacation time (21%)
• more casual dress codes (17%)
• academic reimbursement (14%)
• title change (14%)
"While it is undoubtedly an employers' market, many recognize the added responsibility workers have had to shoulder without the added pay," comments Rosemary Haefner, VP of human resources at CareerBuilder. "While we don't expect salary levels to change significantly, the willingness to negotiate better deals with current and potential employees is a positive indicator for the employment recovery."