Mechatronics Skills Training for 21st Century Jobs
OneSource has made a major investment in Scientific Management Technique's® time tested industrial skill assessment machines and protocols which are used in the hiring process globally for the selection and evaluation of maintenance mechanics, machine operators, industrial electricians, PLC technicians and electro-mechanical personnel. Through scientific methods, current or potential employees can be assessed and trained to match specific skills necessary to do the job. The benefits to employers in time and expenses are significant.
Words from the Director
Professionalism In the Work Place
Rick Creasy/OneSource Director
Each year, the York College of Pennsylvania conducts a nationwide study on the state of professionalism in the workplace. The study seeks to determine employers’ experiences with recent college graduates during the hiring /interviewing process. Hiring managers, human resource directors, supervisors, and CEO’s are asked to evaluate and assess the job candidates’ workplace professionalism. Employers define professionalism in the workplace as an employee who demonstrates these qualities: work until a task is completed competently, strong interpersonal skills, appropriate appearance and attire, punctuality and regular attendance, communication skills, honesty and focused attentiveness. Do you notice anything missing from this list? Few employer respondents to the 2013 survey mention expertise in one’s field as being a major focus of “professionalism” in the workplace. While an employee’s subject matter expertise may be a given, the results demonstrate how important professional “soft skills” are to employers.
A reoccurring theme in the research over the past 4 years is the sense of entitlement which new hires demonstrate. “Hey, look at me, I’m a college graduate!” Younger job seekers and applicants falsely believe they are owed something from the employer in terms of higher wages and more benefits. In other words, job applicants are focusing on what the employer will do for “me” instead of the more appropriate attitude of “this is what I can do for you.” Employers want to know what the applicant brings to the table which will help increase profitability and production. And remember, it was “commencement” rather than a graduation; you’re just beginning, no one owes you. The degree does not “entitle” the recipient to anything. Respondents to the survey believe this sense of entitlement stems from over indulgent parents, privileged childhoods, and political/cultural attitudes.
Have you ever been in a meeting or personal conversation with a co-worker and they suddenly “check out” and start typing away to answer a text message? It’s rude and it’s unprofessional. It’s no surprise that abuses of technology continue to plague the workplace. The most common types of abuse, which is considered unprofessional, are text messaging at inappropriate times, inappropriate internet use, excessive twittering/Facebook, excessive cell phone usage for personal calls, and texting/e-mailing when direct conversation is more appropriate and effective. Technology is here to stay and we appreciate all the benefits technology brings us but it can be a major distraction whether you’re in an important meeting or trying to carry on a face- to -face conversation with a co-worker.
Want to Keep Your Job?
So what does all this mean? If you want to keep your job, make your employer happy, and advance your career you’ll need to dress, look, talk, focus, be honest, be punctual, in a professional manner.
Do You Want to Be Hired?
If you are looking for a job and land an interview, make sure you arrive a few minutes early. Poor personal hygiene will negatively impact your chances of being hired. Dress appropriately for the job, remove your nose ring, don’t use your cell phone, and you might consider leaving it in the car. Prepare for the interview by researching the company and tell the employer how you can help increase profitability and production.