How funny is it that once you reach 40, you start to become Snarky about the generations below you? Regularly when speaking to larger groups of supervisors or managers, you start to hear this:
“THEY do not have OUR work ethic.”
“THEY don’t take the jobs as seriously as WE do.”
“There is no way that THEY could do OUR jobs.”
Why do we have to hold ourselves up as that standard to measure everything else against? I recently heard someone say “don’t you realize that this next generation will be the first generation not to surpass the previous one in wealth?”
Well, everything fails by an irrelevant standard…
Judgement between generations is not new, but I wonder if some of the angst stems from our own insecurities, or jealousy of a generation that may be more balanced between work and life. Remember, some generations witness first hand how companies treated their parents during recessions, should we be surprised that after witnessing someone being treated poorly by a company, a child, coworker, or friend may not hold WORK in the same regard as a prior generation?
P.S. The generation ahead of you said the same things about you, and somehow the world survived.