BlogBreak contributer and e-resume.net vice president Chandra Fox tackles a touchy subject. Which generation works hardest on the job? She makes her position quite clear. Do you agree or disagree with her?
If you are hiring to fill a position with your company and need the best candidate, what makes your decision? Seasoned candidates are clearly coming back into the workforce after the atrocious financial meltdown. Other candidates are recently out of school and are in their twenties. You have two vastly different personalities to pick from. Will your decision be based on the overall focus of the candidate or does the old age discrimination come into play?
Your choices are one of two if you ask me. One choice is a group that are technically genius, resourceful, multi-tasking youngsters or the other choice tends to be an older worker. With a worker that has been in “the game of life” a little longer, you get people that will wait to determine the best solution, research past similar situations and make decisions based on more than just ensuring they make a decision before they receive their next text message from a friend. The older folk tend to have a stronger work ethic. Younger folk want everything now. They want their parents quality of life at twenty-something.
Have we created this degradation of our society in terms of work ethic by not raising children with values or respect? Absolutely. Parents put in systems to not let one team win over another team to ensure self-esteem. That was the beginning of the end for these youngsters. Then no spanking to keep the children within boundaries? Children eating out with the parents every time? That was never allowed “back in the day.” Teach those you have an influence on that you can still change when you work.
You leave your cell phone in the car. You don’t take calls, texts or look up anything personal when being paid by another. Save yourself parents, if you don’t take action to make the younger generation more like the older generation, it will come back to haunt you after you’ve shelled out thousands for college, in form of the child that couldn’t adjust to “real life” moving back in with you.