Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Learning the soft skills of success

According to Anita Bruzzese, Gannett, many new workers--those Millennials--lack the background skills to build a career.

Employers complain about this. But some employers also try to do something about it.

BOK Financial Corp--a banking concern based in Tulsa--has had a training program in place since the 1960s--almost 275 people have gone through it. (Does that sound like a lot for 50 years?)

The program lasts 12 to 18 months--they get a 1000 apps for the 15-20 slots.

Of course, the applicants learn about wealth management, but they also get schooled in dining etiquette, writing skills, and giving back to the community.

The group is encouraged to live together, play together, socialize. Many say this is the best part.

What does the bank get? Lower turnover--7.5% versus 16.5% for banking nationwide.

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