By Daniel Kobialka
New data indicates that professionalism among college graduates has decreased over the past five years. According to Business Management Daily, a recent Center for Professional Excellence survey of 400 HR professionals showed that one-third of these staff members felt professionalism is falling among recent college graduates.
In addition, researchers found that 45% of respondents said that young employees’ work ethic has worsened recently. Meanwhile, 52% of participants stated that new employees more often arrive at the office with an air of entitlement.
CNN reports that a study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School revealed that women value work ethics more often than men. Jessica Kennedy, the study’s lead researcher, stated that the data may provide insight into why there is frequently gender imbalance within companies and MBA programs.
“Doing well and doing good might not always go hand in hand, but I think here is an interesting case where businesses can retain talented women by acting more ethically,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy also acknowledged that women who are looking to advance in their careers may consider value ethics as they search for ways to move up the corporate ladder within specific organizations.
“The explanation that I’ve come up with for that is that ethics are kind of taboo in organizations,” Kennedy added. “I think maybe that’s why no one is willing to say, ‘I have ethical reservations about this,’ because it seems like a very serious accusation that no one wants to make toward their organization.”