“Butt first the problem...”
Better start with proofreading.
Give them a participation ribbon for showing up to work this month. Give them a paycheck for accomplishing things I asked them to do.
“Meaning” is up to them. They can find it in the tasks I give them. Or on off hours (no, you can’t go to the midnight premiere of a movie then show up to work late then take off early for a concert unless you want to take a vacation day). Or talk to me and work together a on more rewarding tasks or I’ll help them find another job in my company or another company. Most managers are actually pretty accommodating but have things that must get done by employees and don’t want you around if you’re not happy.
Fortunately I haven’t been a manager in another company for 4 years and haven’t had employees in my companies for 15 years. I love millennials’ attitude though since it makes it easy for me to find work as an independent contractor. At 3x-5x what the millennial would cost and worth every penny to the employer. If they aren’t productive 20 hours in a 40 hour week, I can charge 2x right from the start. Caring about the business goals is another multiplier.
Maybe I’ve missed the memo,
but the last I knew, “but”
was not a four-letter word.
I’ve noticed that young people seem to miss a lot when they read their email on their phones. It’s as if they haven’t got the attention span to read an entire message and take in the details, even when it’s pared-down to ‘tweet’ size...