Recent graduates who have mostly taken virtual classes and worked remote internships may need to brush up on their “soft” skills, from writing an email to choosing work clothes. This is reported by Insider with reference to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Some companies and universities have already started offering training to help employees of the generation born between 1996 and 2010 adapt to working in the office.
For example, KPMG offers induction training to new employees. It involves learning how to communicate with people in person, advice on the level of eye contact and pauses in conversation. According to the Financial Times, similar trainings were also offered by Deloitte and PwC at the beginning of this year.
Consulting firm Proviti has announced the expansion of its training program for new employees during the pandemic. It has included a series of virtual meetings to discuss issues, including conducting interviews. The company also had to remind new employees about the need to avoid casual clothes.
Usually, companies hold induction briefings where office policies, such as dress code and rules of engagement, are discussed. But some experts say young workers need such reminders now more than ever.
By the way, the Google company during evaluation of employees’ work efficiency will take into account the records of their visits to the office and send reminders to those of them who are often absent from the workplace. In doing so, the tech giant has joined other companies that are encouraging workers to return to the office.