OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 23, 2015 - For years, regardless of whether unemployment was high or low, employers have voiced their concerns about not being able to find people with the right soft skills to fill jobs.
Have too many potential workers lost the ability to connect with and impress employers, or can something be done?
Express Employment Professionals today released results of a focus group of Express leaders that highlights 10 actions society should take that will lead to better workers.
"We hear all the time from employers that they're looking for workers who are punctual, respectful, properly dressed and dedicated. Employers value these soft skills, but employers believe that too many potential workers lack these attributes," said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, and a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. "Our owners interview people every day and it's amazing how poorly some people do presenting themselves. Soft skills are vital and there are things we all can do to help develop them.
"The results show what everyone in society can do to send signals, especially to young people, so they develop strong soft skills that will guide them in life - and help them get job offers."
Society's 10 Actions:
"These are great society actions to take to help our young people with their soft skills," Funk said. "And to help teach young adults how to successfully enter the workforce, we've created an educational program to help them map out a career path, find job openings and land a quality job-all of which can be an overwhelming process."
Schools and organizations can find out more information by visiting ExpressPros.com/JobGenius.
If you would like to arrange for an interview with Bob Funk to discuss this topic, please contact Sherry Kast at (405) 717-5966.
About Robert A. Funk
Robert A. "Bob" Funk is chairman and chief executive officer of Express Employment Professionals. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, the international staffing company has franchises in the U.S., Canada and South Africa. Under his leadership, Express has put more than five million people to work worldwide. Funk served as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was also the Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve.
About Express Employment Professionals
Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $2.85 billion in sales and employed more than 456,000 people in 2014. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.
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