I read this recent article on CNN about Millennials and work, and how they are “changing the workplace rules”. Here’s the article: http://www.cnn.com/2011/LIVING/07/22/managing.millennials/index.html?hpt=hp_abar
The basic premise of the article is how Millennials (which are essentially people born after 1980) have these demands and expectations, and believe things like “fun first / work second“. To paraphrase the article…. “these kids have friends, activities, and interests. They won’t sacrifice them for work.”
I have to say, I do not really like these “fluff” type articles, as they really only tell one tenth of the story. I’ll tell you the other 9/10’s, kids – In order to have that “free” life you want, you need to earn an income. The job controls that. It’s not about what you want – it’s about what someone will pay you for.
Here’s the bottom line: If you want to work your way, you need to be a star. That’s it.
Are you a star? I don’t mean in your parent’s eyes, either – I mean, can you actually DO something valuable, and do it better than most people? No? Then you aren’t making any rules. Put on your nametag and show up at 9am, chumly.
Yea, I know Google gives all those work/life perks (and free food!) So does one other company mentioned in the article.
Know what, though? They are also in industries that (generally) only hire stars.
And the other nine billion employers out there? Pack a lunch.
I do agree that in the future, dress codes, hours, and the like will slowly get more relaxed. But that’s more because of technology / work at home / ties-are-too-damn-uncomfortable. It’s not because somehow, employers are seeing the light and letting Johnny show up after his morning coffee date and surfing lesson.