Skip to comments.Millennials want money, but not hard work
Posted on 06/30/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
Amy McGraw doesn't want us to get the wrong impression of her daughter, Rebecca Leahy. The recent graduate of Cypress Bay High School in Weston, Fla., works hard -- really hard, in school, on her dance team and beyond. But after Leahy found a summer retail job at the mall, she told her new boss she wasn't available to work on Wednesdays. "It's a different mentality from when I was her age," McGraw said. "She has nothing scheduled on Wednesdays. She wanted time to go to the beach and shopping with her friends. I was wondering if that comes from a whole idea of entitlement." Yes, researchers would likely tell McGraw her daughter's generation is, in fact, entitled. (But they'd also probably point out that at least her kid has a job.) They're called millennials, and the oldest of them were born in the late 1980s. The age band, which includes the class of 2014, is marked by two opposing economic characteristics that have caused an eye-opening gap: They're highly materialistic and not necessarily willing to work for the money they need to buy the items they so greatly value, said Jean Twenge, author of "Generation Me" and a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. "This is a cultural change," Twenge said. "People hear me and think I'm complaining about young people. I'm not. This is what the young people are saying about themselves."
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Shocking that the welfare mentality and leftist education/media could have led to this. not.
The poor babies!
Middle class teenagers are spoiled. Nothing new here since about 1970. But I’ve worked retail with young people from 20 to about 26 and they seemed like the most hard-working, dedicated kids in the world. In fact, a little too much: loving their retail companies when I knew that they could be shoved out the door without so much as a By Your Leave (as Laurel and Hardy used to say). We have some wonderful young people in this country.
I think it was the ancient Greeks who were first recorded as complaining about the undisciplined behavior of their youth.
“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they allow disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children now are tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”
— Socrates, according to Plato
I’m proud to be one of the few millennials who believes in work ethic and value for value trade. I can’t tell you how many doors I’ve punched holes in and how many times I’ve worn my throat raw cursing when I have to cover co-workers who don’t hold such values.
Millennials in the Workplace Training Video
When you see fast food workers whining about pay they always want more money, not more hours.
I have seen that. It’s funny.
There are a lot of adults who have worse work ethic than kids...even scarier...they get promoted to be the bosses of hard working folks
To which my wife and I replied simultaneously, "join the club." lol
That was funny! (”They’re like pets that do work sometimes.”)
I have found millennial women to have better work ethics than men, frankly. They also understand the value of building skills.
Where I live is surrounded by restaurants, retail, banks that have opportunities for anyone who wants to work, even if it's only for $8 to $11 an hour to start. There are in fact those who are excellent workers, and those who are smart are working in places that promote. Many of those hard workers have to take two or three bus rides from their fagile east side neighborhoods to get to work....and they do.
It's not all, or most, but I'm impressed by those millenials who understand the situation and are successful hard workers who strive to not be useless.
Once you leave you ain't coming back to live here. He also told her that IF she ever admitted to voting for a democrat to move out.
He is serious, I brought him up right.
I’m not a Millennial, but I don’t want hard work either. I’m done with that; I’m retired! ... LOL ...
Money for nuthin’ and the chicks for free...
Commonly held misconception. It is CHECKS for free.
I'm sure there are worse examples. i.e., if she's working the other 6 days, this isn't a big deal.
I have a "millenial" niece and nephew who both work hard and are well paid for it. I have a stepdaughter in college who seems to think nothing matters but grades -- yes, they're important, but unless she begins to cultivate relationships and move beyond her computer screen, she's screwed (oh, did I mention she's a "theater" major".... OY!)
You will leave your peers on the dust. God bless you.
Actually,it goes back even farther, to Ancient Babylonia. I have a book which has translations of cuneiform tablets on many different topics.....from personal letters to business stuff,to laws. Still and all, those “youths” were not in their 20s-30s, which many Millennials of today are.
I know group of Millennials ( at the outer reaches of that cadre, of which 99.8% of whom are hard workers,expect NOTHING to just be handed to them, work very hard, are stable, adults, who were brought up right.
I blame parents form NOT doing their jobs, for those who aren’t like that.
Every generation will have their loafers and they seem to gain the most attention.
So she wants Wednesdays off to have some fun. The REAL question is does she work hard the other days when she is AT work.
I guess I’m easily impressed.
She at least works.
Don’t we all want money without hard work? We just don’t think it’s a reasonable possibility.
Well I don’t want hard work, but it turned out to be necessary to get the money... at least for a little while until I comfortably landed in software. Ain’t any hard work here.
“Why I work-A short essay”:
I like to eat.
“I think it was the ancient Greeks who were first recorded as complaining about the undisciplined behavior of their youth.”
True, but there are also no more ancient Greeks
Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.
Hard rains a gonna fall.
Alas, Brave New Babylon.
My kids who are out, work hard and so does the spouse of the married one.
Daughter 1 24 years old is working her first finance job, long hours in busy company
Daughter 2 21 years old is working her second year of missions in Central America running and teaching in a school. No money lots of grace.
Son 19 is working 12 to 14 hours a day working on the pavement sucker upper that precedes the pavement put-er downer. Making four figures every week.
Conservative millenial here, if you want money you have to work hard and produce. See? Not all of us are morons, although a lot in my generation are.
Many don’t just want hard work, they don’t want to perform reliably ( be there, stay the full shift, focus on the job instead of watching internet porno videos, etc). It’s just basic lack of discipline. Not only laziness. They needed to be in the (former) scouts, or have a good teacher in school, or play on a sports team, or serve in the military, or played in a. And or orchestra, or just have parents who gave a damn? Any one of the above should have helped these kids mature enough to at least show up on time and try to do reasonably good work.
I can certainly understand your boy’s not liking bring “ disrespected.” Perhaps his solution is a more respectable job or at least one where his clients actually want his help ( like even many retail jobs, etc). Meanwhile, my Dad always said ( when I’d complain) “ they call it Work because it’s not very fun. If it were fun all the time, they’d call it Play” ( I shut up.)
jobs are called “jobs” b/c’that’s often what happens to you. you get jobbed.
jobs are not called “super terrific happy fun time” - not counting that game show in japan.
Thank you, You saved me the effort of posting that quote.
There is nothing new under the sun. There were lazy twits when the founding fathers were hammering together the Constitution and there will be lazy twits when we are colonizing the galaxy.
Some of them. Looks like some of them want to be on government-derived incomes or businesses protected from competition by government like their parents.
We don’t work on Sundays either, because we are farmers. So, you have my official permission to refuse to work on Sundays. All you have to do is do your chores and milk your cows. Hope that helps ;)