Jennifer Deal is a research scientist and author of What Millennials Want from Work. Research collected by her for the Center for Creative Leadership contradicts popular opinion that categorizes young people as entitled, arrogant and unwilling to learn. She reports the good news that young people recognize their deficits and identify areas where they need to improve, including:
- Clearly and effectively articulating ideas and thoughts (78%),
- Presenting complex ideas in writing that are clear, effective, and free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors (66%),
- Work habits such as being punctual and accountable (67%), and
- Being productive and entrepreneurial at work (76%). (http://blogs.wsj.com/experts/2015/10/28/everyone-agrees-millennials-have-a-lot-to-learn-at-work/?mod=trending_now_3#&mod=wsj_valettop_email)
Her suggestions for closing the performance gap are two-fold: students need to take responsibility to work on work skills inside and outside the classroom, and schools need to provide students with the tools and support they need to achieve proficiency in the workplace. BrainWise instructors recognize that a more specific answer would be to teach students the 10 Wise Ways and have them apply them to a wide range of workplace problems. Employers agree that improvement in these areas, as well as others, are needed. (www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2014/11/12.)
BrainWise instructors recognize that individuals who master the 10 Wise Ways know how to perform and be successful not only at work, but outside work as well. BrainWise helps close the gaps identified by both millennials and employers.