Don't Forget Who Runs this Mutha!
This post is long because the topic deserves it. The author Justin Bariso deserves it.
It's interesting to read all that you do about the Millennials. They are privileged, need instant gratification and have no concern for others. They are, according to all you read, a bit selfish, because they don't even acknowledge anyone outside of themselves until of course they need something. Now, this is not what I've personally encountered.
Note: This post is my commentary on an article that says so much in such a succinct way, I want YOU the reader to read it.
What I've experienced is more of the of the never looking up from their phone except to order at Starbucks and take a selfie type. Sure, on the outside them seem rude scurrying through the mall and down the street, but looking closer they truly are just in their own world. So, today I read something that made me rethink my personal experience from a different angle. The article I read How a Petition (and a Sense of Entitlement) Cost a Young Group of Interns Their Jobs by BY JUSTIN BARISO Founder, Insight on the Inc.com website changed my view.
I now must see it from the 'this is the generation where everyone got a trophy, teachers didn't use red ink to grade papers, no one was ever told to sit still and be quiet, and parents allowed them to run a muck throughout the house to show their independence'. Well, now they are out in the workplace and still think they should get a trophy for showing up everyday.
How as an intern, a person could think they can come into an established business and change anything is mouth dropping to me. As an Intern you have 2 goals, to make a good impression and to learn as much as possible to take to the next place or garner you an offer; Period. Sure in a meeting here or there you may pitch a new idea and of course, if given a project, you want to show your innovation and how you work on a team. But what on this planet would even begin to make you feel as though a rule/policy in place and being followed by the full-time staff around you that you don't like/care for/feel is necessary take a stand a make a change? Privilege. Because I really want you to read the article, Justin Bariso makes some great points to take away from this about our own presence at work, I'll only tell you the "disturbing policy" was the strict dress code. I know, a small thing to even be upset about.
Even with this, management should have pulled this group of interns to the side and explained to them how "work" really "works". Possibly as they were on the phone talking about their internship with their parents, someone would have said "Stop. No.Don't." However, when you get to the end of this event in the article and here the "comeback" of one of the lead policy changers when they find out the person who isn't following the dress code has a disability "...You can't even tell, and if we had known about this we would have factored it into our argument." all you can do is shake your head.
I say to all Millennials who may be reading this, to remember who runs the company, who's name is on the building, signing your paycheck, paying to be your client, and what really matters.