“This is not a day care.”
Have you ever thought this same thought about your company? You’re not alone!
This quote was included in a blog post written by Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s president Dr. Everett Piper about his observations on today’s youth. While his blog focuses on the behavior of college students being fiercely politically correct and not open to listening to dissenting ideas, it brings to light some of the greatest generational concerns not just in university life but in our work lives and society at large.
“Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic.”
As leaders, we have to start thinking differently about who is in our workforce; what drives people; and how is the business going to respond to those drivers. We can focus on the argument being about the generation of the person or we can acknowledge that people are different and have different needs. A 20-something couple just starting a family might have the same challenges with needing more PTO than is typically offered as does a 50-something couple who has to care for elderly parents. The generation doesn’t matter. A 40-something project manager has an armory of knowledge that could be shared with a 30-something team leader – they both want to grow. How can they do it together?
I want to hear from you.
- What are your thoughts on the blog post by Dr. Piper?
- Does it resonate with you in regard to the state of affairs you have at your company?
- Have you succeeded in bridging some of these generational concerns?
It would be great to read your successes!
You can read the now infamous blog post here: Dr. Everett Piper