Regarding your Viewpoint article (December 2017/January 2018) by Peter
Cappelli, I absolutely agree with the professor. Organizational leaders know
they have a ton of resumes of people wanting to work and willing to learn,
some with college degrees and some without. All these prospects need is
someone to hire them and let them apprentice or intern for a while. But
companies are lazy and cheap, expecting everyone else to invest the time and
money in the human equity available. Elaine T. | Houston
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employees and employers be any
diferent? Joshua Larry | Houston
This is the perspective of a theoretician who doesn’t understand
what practicing HR professionals
and hiring managers face every day.
This guy needs to get out in the feld
more. The gap is VERY real in the
skilled trades. Matt Jefs | St. Augustine, Fla.
CAN WE REQUIRE AN OLDER EMPLOYEE TO GET A MEDICAL EXAM?
Having an employer play doctor
and determine, with no medical
training, that an elderly employee
needs a medical examination is an
invitation to a lawsuit (HR News,
2018). If the worker asks
for an accommodation,
the interactive dialogue may result in
him or her seeing a
doctor. However, for
the employer to broach
the issue is, almost by
defnition, taking action
based on a perceived disability
or age. It’s important not to make
assumptions about the employee
until there is strong, objective evidence that a safety issue exists. Todd Wulfson | Irvine, Calif.
THE SKILLS GAP IS A MYTH
I agree—another myth debunked! If
you want employees to have certain
skills, invest in teaching them. The
key word being “invest.” Don’t view
it as a cost. I am a willing and capable individual, and it’s very frustrating to apply to a job where my
resume matches the core skills only
to be overlooked because I haven’t
done it before. A farmer will tend
to their crops to reap a good yield. A
teacher will educate students to develop the skills we as a society have
deemed necessary to succeed. Why
should the relationship between
CLARIFICATION After the December
2017/January 2018 issue of HR
Magazine went to print, the Social
Security Administration changed the
maximum taxable earnings for Social
Security in 2018 downward from
$128,700 to $128,400. A chart (“Out
with the Old,” p. 12) published in the
HR News section of the magazine
does not refect that revision.