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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 06:12 AM

Owen Suggests Workforce Problem Isn't Skills Gap, But Character Gap

But wait! David Owen of the South Dakota Chamber of Commerce is telling folks that South Dakota doesnít lack people; it just lacks skills:

Itís not that we lack people; itís that we have a whole bunch of people that donít have the skills we need in the marketplace. So how do we reŽducate adults? How do we direct students to where their passion and interests might be when social norms suggest they might go to college? [David Owen, ďWorkforce Development Slow Process,Ē WNAX Radio, 2019.04.11].


Now when David Owen speaks of in-demand skills, I think of all sorts of specific tech skills that require specialized training: welding, diesel mechanicry, medical technology, network management, data mining. But tech skills arenít what Owen has in mind in his conversation with WNAX. Heck, heís not even thinking of the durable and flexible critical thinking and communication skills that I contend are good reason to maintain and strengthen our focus on the humanities. South Dakotaís skills gap is apparently far more fundamental:

Öthe soft skills: is ready to show up to work every day on time and maybe stay all day, with the proper attitude about being productive. These are all things that are difficult when unemployment is very low, and they are all things that almost defy simple solutions [Owen, 2019.04.11].


Show up on time, work all shift, get stuff doneóthose arenít even soft skills; those are expectations I thought went without saying in any workplace. Thatís not a skills gap; thatís laziness. Turning all of our universities into vocational schools teaching industry-demanded technical skills wonít solve that character gap. Maybe only a kick in the pants will.

But are good, upright South Dakotans really sacrificing their vaunted South Dakota values and slacking off en masse at work? Have we really turned into a bunch of lazy bums who canít get done the things the Chamber of Commerce needs done? Or are there really just not enough of us to not only do the jobs but give employers options when they find themselves saddled with a goldbricker?

Read more: http://dakotafreepress.com/2019/04/12/50857/

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Sat Apr 13, 2019, 06:47 AM

1. We could

Start at the top!

Turn off the TV, stay off the Golf course and Air Force 1. Get in the office and do an 8 hour day!

One second thought, no,he does enough damage in 2 hours of posing in the Oval Office.

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