Boston Globe screams: Kids these days!
September 28, 2006
Oh, look another trend piece about how lazy the young people are nowadays...
But fear not, managers, you can still wheedle extra work out of the young whelps if you can, like, rap with them:
MIAMI -- It didn't take accounting firm owner Richard Berkowitz long to figure out he had a problem during tax season relating to his younger workers. ``When I told them it was mandatory they come in on the weekend, they looked at me like I was out of my mind."
Berkowitz has discovered what many boomers who lead their companies now face: For most workers in their 20s and 30s, time is currency. And, like most currency, few are willing to give it away.
It's a complex dynamic playing out in workplaces across the country: A significant number of boomers can't figure out why younger workers don't have the pay-your-dues attitude they do.
Kids are easily tricked. They value their time above all, but they'll give it away all week in exchange for a half-day on Friday.
Marston says older managers -- boomers ages 42 to 60 -- must use language with younger staffers that acknowledges the value of their time: ``I know work isn't your life but while you're here, let's agree on what you'll be accountable for."
To motivate Xers (ages 27 to 41), think short-term. Most are not interested in long-term solutions or putting in overtime and waiting for rewards later. Instead of giving them a bonus at the end of the year, Marston says an Xer would prefer this: ``You've really worked hard this past week. Why don't you take off half a day on Friday."