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A third of employers not happy with teenage workers

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HC Online | 11 Mar 2013, 12:00 AM Agree 0
With the statistic that up to a third of employers find teenage workers unreliable and immature, are employers loath to hire young people?
  • Judy Higgins | 11 Mar 2013, 03:41 PM Agree 0
    This is not news, it has been this way for some time. Smart employers have a diverse workforce where the older workers mentor the younger ones in skils, work ethics and behaviour in the workplace.
    The really smart employers are recruiting and retaining older workers to ensure they do have a happy, healthy and diverse workforce. Of course teenagers are immature; that's because they are teenagers, this job could be their first and they need some guidance in the workplace. Employing children of existing employees, colleagues or friends is a whole other subject.
  • Ann | 12 Mar 2013, 04:35 PM Agree 0
    I thought this was the reason we had Junior wages so we have a few years to mould them into diligent and enthusiastic workers, mentored by the existing staff and managed by experienced managers.
    Hmmm maybe the problem is not the teenagers afterall!! Maybe its those leading them???
  • Steve | 13 Mar 2013, 10:32 AM Agree 0
    Entry level junior roles often bring new employees into a business who then go on to bigger and better things, contributing significantly to the business's evolution and growth.
    What young and inexperienced employees rely on to assist in achieving such success, is a mentorring and supportive management environment, where true skills development and training occur as part of a commitment to the employees onging development program, where opportunities to learn by moving around the business (even on secondment) is encouraged and where their supervisors, team leaders and managers are there for them.
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