When I talk with others of my generation about how their families faired when it came to work, they tell a similar story: their parents went to work early, worked hard for a living and valued the fact that they had a job and received a pay cheque each week.
There is no doubt in my mind that our parents made better employees than today's generations. Here's why:
- They were grateful to have a job when others didn't.
- They believed when they were at work, they were there to work.
- There were no texts, social media accounts to distract them or emails to send to a friend.
- They had learned to respect their elders and therefore their bosses commanded their respect.
- They knew they had to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.
- They didn't take things personally. For instance when someone told them they were doing something incorrectly, they modified what they were doing.
- They didn't chop and change jobs every few months on whim.
- They knew that if they didn't work, they couldn't put food on the table.
- They had no sense of entitlement and didn't compare themselves to their friends – instead, they rode their own race.
- Sick leave was taken when they were sick: hangovers, headaches and late nights watching the soccer were neither an excuse, nor a practice.
- If they didn't know how to do something, they learned.
Time has evolved, but I still admire our parents and their attitudes to the workplace. My hope is that the generation after the Millennials discover a little bit of 'old fashioned' work ethic and roll up their sleeves to achieve great results – for them and their employers.
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