Publishing house Debrett's is all set to branch out from producing guides to elegant manners for "people of distinction" and offer courses in etiquette and social skills to hopeful jobseekers, the Guardian reported.
The classes will offer social skills to Gen Y who have had their heads buried for so long in smartphones that they now struggle to make eye contact and make a firm handshake.
While, not ignoring the new technology completely, they will offer guidance on "netiquette", i.e they will tell you when to put a smiley face or kisses on an email and why you should never text the boss unless they have texted you first.
The programme based "social intelligence' for under-30s was developed after a survey of business leaders threw up some serious issues around young people entering the modern workplace.
According to a survey by YouGov today, half of employers find graduates they are employing are not "work ready" as they only focus on academics during schools and universities, thus lacking social and writing skills.
It was also found that one in four business leaders complained that prospective candidates had inflated salary expectations and career progression and were over-confident and formulaic in interviews.
--ANI (Posted on 16-09-2013)