Youth have more options, but poor work ethics: survey

Youth have more options, but poor work ethics: survey
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First Published: Thu, Mar 29 2007. 01 25 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Mar 29 2007. 01 25 AM IST
New Delhi: They may have better job opportunities, but today’s youngsters also have poor work ethic, say their parents.
And that is the key finding of a global survey of about 2,000 managers by the executive search firm Korn/Ferry International.
The survey of executives in 70 countries including India found nearly two-thirds, or 64%, who said that young professionals today have brighter career prospects.
“Nowadays, young adults have a lot of opportunities, partly due to economic development and partly due to the exposure they are getting,” said Deepak Gupta, country head and managing director of Korn/Ferry’s India office. Despite growing choices, parents still insist on having a big say in their children’s education, the survey shows.
A majority of the respondents said they want their children to obtain at least a master’s, doctoral or professional degree. About 49% felt that the work ethic of young professionals has gone down compared with that of the previous generation. But with nearly one-third believing otherwise, and 19% saying it has actually improved, the jury seems very much out on this issue.
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First Published: Thu, Mar 29 2007. 01 25 AM IST