Once upon a time, HR managers preferred to hire the more experienced candidate over the well-educated. These days they are being forced to take education in lieu of experience, leaving a workforce heavy on theory and light on practice. The fact is, the steeper learning curve, the shorter it is; with less time to get inexperienced team members on board and up to speed. Making the situation even more complex, is the lack of middle management in many organizations. In this article, we will take a look at the demographic reality of today's workforce, and discuss strategies for hiring, managing, and training those with less experience.