New research confirms what HR professionals may already know: “The future work force is here, and it is ill-prepared,” concludes the survey of 431 HR professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management and The Conference Board.

Where are high school grads most deficient? Here’s the percentage of employer respondents who say that recent high school grads entering their workplace showed a deficiency in:  

  • Written communications                81%
  • Work ethic                                         70%
  • Critical thinking/problem solving  70%
  • Oral communications                     53%
  • Ethics                                                 44%
  • Reading comprehension               38%
  • Teamwork/collaboration                35%
  • Diversity                                             28%
  • Information technology                   22%

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