Shannan Koucherik: Good work habits last
December 8, 2008
To the Editor:
Reflecting on Thursday’s article about the training program for graduating students to prepare them for the real world, I agree with Publisher Bryce Jacobson in that the students shouldn’t be coddled.
We have employed several young workers in our business during the past three years, and their incentive to work was a paycheck. They worked. I paid them a fair wage for the work they did. They took pride in those checks and learned the satisfaction of being able to purchase things that they needed or wanted with the money they had earned.
Most adults would agree that they work for a paycheck. They may get a bonus at the end of the year if their company feels generous, but nowhere in the big book of real life is there a guarantee that goodies will come to those who jump through hoops.
Experienced dog trainers understand that while giving a dog treats for performance works for awhile, in the end, the best way to have a dog that does what is asked of it is to wean it from the treats so it can focus on the job at hand instead of the hand with the treat.
Instead of rewarding those students who make it to 100 percent of their training classes, those teaching the classes would do real life employers a big favor by letting the students know that not every job in life produces goodies. And work can be very hard and dirty, with no energy left to party.
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There is a reward for working. You get to pay the rent, the insurance and buy groceries. If there is enough money left, you get to buy something you want but don’t need. The satisfaction of a job done well should be the best reward for anyone with a good work ethic.
By instilling that ethic, mentors do much more good than handing a material object to a student. A laptop will be obsolete within three years – good work habits last for a lifetime.
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