How does a teen learn how to work these days?
By “learn to work,” I’m talking about being productive continually over many hours, deciding what to do when instructions don’t totally apply to a situation, stepping in to do some needed thing that’s not in the original job description, being courteous and responsive to customers, etc.
31 percent of all minimum wage workers are teenagers, ages 16-19, and yet the percentage of this group that is working is at a historic low of 25%.
Clearly, a kid doesn’t just show up for work the first time after 12 years of school, or even 16, and understand how to do these things. A high school or college graduate who has never worked at a job isn’t very valuable. That’s all there is to it.