The big questions becomes: why should the employer in this middle class job industry care about instilling these qualities for the “next guy” ?
1- The employee who is invested in is far, far more likely to invest back into the company in some way or another and for good reason. The invested-in employee is more likely to:
- Stay with the company longer
- Move up through the company
- Care about seeing the company succeed regardless of employment
- Make and encourage ethical decisions at work
- Be more productive, efficient, and hardworking (if good leadership is at work)
2- A successful company and corporation recognizes how important it is to invest in their employees for the betterment of the economy, the workforce, the future, and in turn for the business itself. This point is clear and without idealistic intent. Look at some of the most successful and long-lived companies; their commitment to creating a healthy culture with investment into the success and the skill-building of their employees propels them ahead of those others more focused on profit.
3-Frankly, it is time we stop complaining about the lack of workforce or quality thereof, stop encouraging an attitude of entitlement to someone else’s success and instead it is time we started empowering people and equipping them with tools for success. This way success or fail it is in the employee’s hands to make something of themselves, but at least we have truly trained people to have a set of skills that is marketable across the globe of the workforce.