I hear a lot of people in the workforce complaining about the millennials. Oh “they’re entitled,” “they don’t care,” “they jump ship,” “they don’t want to work.” I myself, am not a millennial, but I understand the mentality. I’ve had many conversations with my father about this – a baby boomer, who laughs at it all now that he’s retired.
Back in the day, companies took care of their employees, if you worked hard – you got salary increases or promotions, companies gave pensions, loyalty meant something – 20 years on the job mattered.
Now 20 years on the job “oh well we can save money by bringing in someone younger, new, or even outsource. “There’s an idea let’s pay a quarter of the price to someone who has no knowledge and reads from a script, but we’ll save money.” Pensions forget it, 40 hour work week is a joke, 401-K, I don’t even get it, you put money in but could potentially lose it? EVERYONE is replaceable, a budget number, and there is absolutely no protection for employees. There’s no job security. It’s a joke! And it’s why so many people spend an average of 2yrs at a job.
I have seen it all! Hell I was part of it.
I left a job (if you weren’t working 60 hrs, you were on the chopping block) after accepting a new job offer, signed a contract and everything. The day before I was supposed to start they called and said they let everyone go – they changed their business model – couldn’t offer me the job anymore “oh sorry”. And guess what they can get away with it! WHY? Because it’s corporate America.
I had a friend out on medical leave for 6 weeks. He had to have a surgery or could’ve died. 6 weeks – the day he went back to work they fired him. “We’re going in a new direction.”
This is my favorite line, one I have heard many colleagues go through and guess what, the following week someone else is filling in the position and there is NO OTHER DIRECTION! Another example of employees having no job protection and corporations poor excuses for greed.
This is what’s wrong with American companies. This is why the younger generations don’t give a shit! Too much protection for the corporation but nothing for the people. Everything now is about the bottom line – GREED. Trickle down economics haha! The rich are getting richer and the middle class are getting poorer, there’s no trickle down, there’s only the green-faced monster!
As I said to my dad, “why should millennials be loyal, or not feel entitled?” This day and age every company wants a college degree, long hours, multitasking (doing 2-3 jobs) but the job title is paying 12/hr. Who the hell wants that after they just took out 60K in student loans to get a “better job”. And once you’re in a company at such a rate, trying to get more money (than your 3% raise – if you get one, which barely covers the cost of living) or a promotion is like swimming to an island when the waves keep pulling you back.
You have to move to win. So again, what does loyalty get you? Now I know older generations say, “well you have to work your way up the ladder that’s what I had to do.” I say, “guess what,? There is no f-ing ladder anymore. For companies, It’s how can we maximize profit and minimize cost.”
I have a friend who lived in England and she was blown away about how the workforce is over there. She explained that it’s hard to get fired, work ethic is completely different, in addition to having all health benefits free.
Do the heirs of Walmart really need anymore money – 165 billion net worth? If they “trickled-down” like paying employees better wages they would still have a butt-load of money and the average Joe working for them would also be better off.
I choose to work for a smaller company for a reason. We had a women retire after 47 years – her only job in life! That’s loyalty and she was proud of it. The company was proud! Why? Because it’s a family business that believes in it’s founding values and grassroots ideology.
To end this on a positive note – as I said to my friend, “it will get better! Closed doors open new ones – with new opportunities.”
It all worked out for me, and I hope that future generations can change the way of the workforce.
I Believe that We Will Win!
**In the end – it’s just a job
Love Gen X