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Professionalism: A Critical Set Of Behaviors In Accelerating Decline

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An analysis released today by Patrick J. Miller, Ph.D., sounds the alarm bells with regard to the declining state of professionalism in the United States. 

Miller's study included an analysis of data published over the last few years on the subject of professionalism in the workplace.  The study concluded that not only are businesses complaining of a decline in professionalism but the data indicate that the regression is largely attributed to a drop-off in professionalism among younger workers and will, therefore, accelerate as younger workers become an ever-larger fraction of the overall workforce.

"The key challenges are to identify who can rectify this situation and then to persuade them to do so.  If it is not addressed in the short-term, it will have a significant economic impact on productivity in the future," Miller commented.  Businesses claim that it is the responsibility of colleges to train their students in professionalism, and colleges, with few exceptions, maintain that it is up to businesses to cover this in their new employee orientation and training process." 

Miller concludes that, while the teaching of professionalism cannot be expected in the traditional, academically-oriented, four-year colleges, where it fits poorly with their processes and revenue model,  America's community, vocational, and technical colleges can and should incorporate the teaching of professionalism into their curricula. 

However, since most new entrants into the workforce do not come through the community, vocational, or technical college systems, businesses, too, must add professionalism to their new hire training programs.

The content of Miller's work is contained in a White Paper entitled Professionalism.  The Decline of a Critical Set of Behaviors, copies of which are available through the web site of The Goals Institute, the sponsoring organization. 

About Patrick J. Miller, Ph. D.

Dr.Millerwas a neuroscientist and faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his doctorate as a Fellow at the Institute for Neurological Sciences, and is currently a senior executive in the health care industry.

About The Goals Institute

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