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The report of the 2013 Professionalism in the Workplace study by the Polk-Lepson Research Group attempts to show the current state and trends for the professionalism of new college graduates This is the latest report of an annual study performed over the last four years For this study 401 human resource HR personnel answered a survey on a variety of categories dealing with professionalism in the workplace in regards to their new college graduate hires The results from this survey demonstrate that from the respondents perception there is a growing concern with the professionalism of new college graduates The conclusions of the survey point to no clear improvement in professionalism and in some cases a worsening trend over the last 4 years I felt the Polk-Lepson report only deals with perception of the persons responsible for the hiring of new employees and may be a poor indicator of professionalism in the workforce overallAnalysisEvaluationThe study had its strengths and weaknesses These include the limited scope of the study despite the title the large number of respondents the areas on which these human resource people place importance and the generational difference in the respondentsFirst it was a reasonably large study and was done by surveying over 400 HR personnel The problem is only those responsible for the hiring of employees were given the survey It is their definition of professionalism and their perception of professionalism that is used in this report The title of the article was Professionalism in the Workplace Perhaps a better title would be Professionalism in the Workplace through the Looking Glass of Human Resources The HR staffs perception is important especially if they deal with the day to day operation of a business such as the owner of a small business Although I suspect this is often not the case About forty percent of those that responded were from businesses with 50 or more employees In cases
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