As of late, I have been seeing (and reading) many articles on Generation Y. How they don’t work as hard, are less talented/driven/skilled, yet still act entitled.
I am part of said generation. So, I want to clear a few things up.
Do I think some people in my generation are lazy, talentless, entitled pricks? Yes. I see what this guy is saying. But those exist in every generation. What I see is a different world from what my parents, grandparents, so on and so forth grew up in. It is constantly evolving, always has been and always will be. I see internships (nonexistent for my parents) that are nonpaying, and student loans that have skyrocketed. I see basically everything that the author sees in this article.
From my perspective, I expect to work for the rest of my life. I believe that this is the time of my life to work hard and earn my way up in the world. But, I also believe that loyalty, hard work, and new ideas should result in climbing up the corporate (or non-corporate) ladder and benefit/salary raises. I know that I can’t be a talentless, lazy ass and make it in this world, but more power to the people who have made it work for them. I know that work and outside life have started melting into each other, and we should look at it as a lifestyle change. Not that we should be on call every moment of the day, but that work places should be more flexible in how their employees work. If you don’t trust them to work from home, then do you really trust them at all/want them on your team?
I don’t believe that people get the recognition they deserve. But I also don’t think that recognition is all it is about. I know that people are constantly getting taken advantage of, and that putting a price on humans and their lives spent (or wasted) in the office is a degrading thing to do. More so if they can’t even afford to live on their own.
I see these things everywhere. Don’t you?
What I don’t see very much is people trying to understand one another. Instead of working with and teaching one another the ideals of each generation and how valuable they all are, people are just pointing fingers left and right. I want communication (a degree in Communication Studies does NOT make you a great communicator. TRUST ME). I want people to put themselves on a level playing field with everyone else. I want to see everyone working together towards their common business/office goals. I don’t care how old you are, how much you make, or what your past is like: each company has common goals. That means everyone should be working just as hard to reach them.
You were brought onto a team for a reason. Innovate. Be your best self, do your best work. Be grateful. And, dammit, quit comparing yourself to others.
❤ The RoaminTwin
*I chose to write about this because it is so back and forth. Everything is changing, and we as humans have to change as well. Comparison is a big factor here, and it has no place in ANYONE’s lives. I work very hard every day to not compare myself to others, but only to my past self. Won’t you join me?*