There are a lot of people out there with chips on their shoulders. Perhaps someone younger and more qualified took their job. Maybe they’re struggling to keep up in an evolving workplace. Who knows, maybe they had a less-than-desirable conversation with a new hire while the said new hire was making some new fandangled bulletproof coffee in the breakroom.
But no matter the circumstances, just know that there will always be a divide between the older generation and the newer generation who are just now entering the workplace. To assert their dominance, the older generation will label them “entitled” and “lazy.” It’s their way of establishing ethos and kicking the new hires while they’re already down. Unfair? Sure, but they’ve earned it, right? Eh, debatable.
Either way, this column from Entrepreneur left nothing on the table when it came to nailing every insulting take on millennials in the workplace. Let’s get right to it.
1. Work is usually work.
Worst Quote: “Work, especially entry level work, usually isn’t fun. As you dream about the nap pods of Google and the snack crammed refrigerators of the dot coms, recognize most of corporate America is not as hip or enlightened as these few outliers.”
I hate to break it to you, but no one sits at their desk constantly thinking, “I wish I were at Google right now eating an acai bowl before my morning pod nap.” Unlike the generations before us, most twenty-somethings who hate their job are crippled with student debt and trying to figure out why they struggled through four years of overpriced college to do menial tasks that they could’ve done right out of high school. The circumstances are different despite the tasks being the same – the only difference is that cloud of five-figure debt. Everyone knows start-up dream jobs like from The Intern and The Internship are just unrealistic at this point.
2. Advancement takes time.
Worst Quote: “One day, after listening to a young woman complain bitterly that she had worked at the company for over a year and still had not been promoted; I took her on a tour of “Cubeville”. Cubeville was an open-area filled with 50-some cubes where men and women approaching retirement age did engineering, accounting, purchasing, and sundry other tasks associated with business. I explained to this young malcontent that most of these people had 15 to 30 years seniority and had never been promoted.”
I love the idea of this writer with a chip on his shoulder taking a 23-year-old girl into “Cubeville” and being like, “See all these 60-year-olds? These losers have been here forever and are so beaten down by their lack of promotions that they’ve completely given up.”
That’s the type of motivation in the workplace that young people love seeing out of the older crowd. It’s truly inspiring to get your first job and be told that the rest of your life is going to suck. You middle-to-upper management guys really know how to get our wheels turning, don’t you?
3. Integrity is important.
Worst Quote: At the end of the day companies still expect a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay and ethics would seem to dictate that while at work you at least spend more time working on the things you are paid to do than you do posting on Facebook.
You know there’s a cultural divide between the writer and his targeted audience when he lectures us about sitting around at work posting on Facebook. Last time I checked, the only people who still post on Facebook are, well, people your age. Kid Rock once said, “You get what you put in, and people get what they deserve,” so yeah, you could say I understand that good work equals fair pay. But come on, man. Kids these days are Snapchatting selfies from their cubes and endlessly scrolling the Instagram discover feed.
4. Work cuts into your social time.
Worst Quote: “Work will cut into your social life. Requests to leave early because you have a concert to go to, pick up your college buddy from the airport, or for some other social engagement grow tiresome quickly and not just for your boss but also for your coworkers.”
Let the kids run, my man. It’s motivating to workers to be able to comfortably take an hour here and there without feeling all the weight of the world crumbling down on them. People are social, they’re busy, and the hour they’re taking to “pick up their college buddy from the airport” probably isn’t going to end up costing the company millions considering they’re just posting those meme things on Facebook, right? Right.
5. No job is beneath you.
Worst Quote: “I can recall a co-worker complaining that he didn’t get a Master’s degree to stuff binders as I secretly calculated the obscene amount of work I was being paid to do even though an elementary school kid could have not only done the job but most probably have done it better.”
Call me crazy, but I’m in the camp who thinks that a lot of jobs are beneath people. Workers who took four years of unpaid internships and went back to college for a graduate degree are probably too qualified to be stuffing those binders you talked about. Nevermind the fact that your company hasn’t gone paperless yet, but come on, dude. You really having someone with a Master’s degree stuffing fuckin’ binders? If that’s not a complete misuse of talent, I’m not sure what is. Whoever is that guy’s superior needs a stiff talking to and an intern from a local university to do that shit for him. This isn’t rocket science.
6. Satisfactory won’t cut it.
Worst Quote: “Don’t expect praise for C-work. There are no participation ribbons for you in corporate America and no great accolades for lukewarm performance … Oh, and as you get better, you’re boss’s expectations get higher so once you’ve finally earned that “three” [in your work review] you will have to work even harder to keep it next year.”
Not to throw stones at glass houses, but it’s pretty shitty to skewer someone’s “lukewarm performance” in your column where you misuse “your” and “you’re.” If you go to the original article, you’ll also notice that you missed a couple commas and periods in that paragraph as well. But hey, I wasn’t praising you in the first place for this c-level work so how much can I really expect? .
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