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Millennials want money, but not hard work
pioneer press ^ | 6-28-14 | Brett Graff

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."

(Excerpt) Read more at twincities.com ...


TOPICS: Society
KEYWORDS: millennials; work; workforce

1 posted on 06/30/2014 3:16:16 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

Shocking that the welfare mentality and leftist education/media could have led to this. not.


2 posted on 06/30/2014 3:18:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TurboZamboni

The poor babies!


3 posted on 06/30/2014 3:19:14 PM PDT by Viennacon (Rebuke the Repuke!)
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To: TurboZamboni

Gibsmedat Generation


4 posted on 06/30/2014 3:19:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


5 posted on 06/30/2014 3:20:47 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: TurboZamboni

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


6 posted on 06/30/2014 3:20:55 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


7 posted on 06/30/2014 3:22:35 PM PDT by RWB Patriot ("My ability is a value that must be earned and I don't recognize anyone's need as a claim on me.")
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To: TurboZamboni; GeronL; Viennacon; miss marmelstein; yefragetuwrabrumuy; RWB Patriot

Millennials in the Workplace Training Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz0o9clVQu8


8 posted on 06/30/2014 3:23:03 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: TurboZamboni

When you see fast food workers whining about pay they always want more money, not more hours.


9 posted on 06/30/2014 3:24:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have seen that. It’s funny.


10 posted on 06/30/2014 3:24:53 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: RWB Patriot

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


11 posted on 06/30/2014 3:26:19 PM PDT by DisorderOnBorder (Hollywood...Washington DC for pretty people)
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To: TurboZamboni
My 25 YO son works for TSA in Dallas. A few weeks back, he comes home from work, and proclaims, "I hate my job! I get disrespected every day!"

To which my wife and I replied simultaneously, "join the club." lol

12 posted on 06/30/2014 3:27:28 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad! Remember Mississippi!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That was funny! (”They’re like pets that do work sometimes.”)


13 posted on 06/30/2014 3:28:00 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: DisorderOnBorder

I have found millennial women to have better work ethics than men, frankly. They also understand the value of building skills.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 3:28:16 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: TurboZamboni
I wish articles like this would read "Most" "Many" or "Some" millenials....

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.

15 posted on 06/30/2014 3:31:06 PM PDT by grania
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
My son told my Granddaughter you can go to any college you can get into after you go to the Voke and learn a trade.

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.

16 posted on 06/30/2014 3:32:01 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: TurboZamboni

I’m not a Millennial, but I don’t want hard work either. I’m done with that; I’m retired! ... LOL ...


17 posted on 06/30/2014 3:32:54 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: TurboZamboni

Money for nuthin’ and the chicks for free...


18 posted on 06/30/2014 3:33:25 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Commonly held misconception. It is CHECKS for free.
Really. :)


19 posted on 06/30/2014 3:37:07 PM PDT by bill1952 (taxes don't hurt the rich, they keep YOU from becoming rich.)
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To: TurboZamboni
But after Leahy found a summer retail job at the mall, she told her new boss she wasn't available to work on Wednesdays.

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!)

20 posted on 06/30/2014 3:39:40 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: RWB Patriot

You will leave your peers on the dust. God bless you.


21 posted on 06/30/2014 3:39:49 PM PDT by all the best
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To: bill1952

Indeed. :-)


22 posted on 06/30/2014 3:39:55 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

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.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 3:40:15 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: RWB Patriot

Every generation will have their loafers and they seem to gain the most attention.


24 posted on 06/30/2014 3:41:14 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


25 posted on 06/30/2014 3:43:29 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: TurboZamboni
I think the author means that Millenials' oldest members were born in the early 1980s. Of course, so far it seems to be that every researcher has a different starting point for 'my' generation. I'm curious what the problem here is. Is a young 20/30-something Christian not allowed to say "I'm not available to work Sundays" now without being condemned for an entitlement mentality?
26 posted on 06/30/2014 3:46:25 PM PDT by The Grammarian
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To: 2banana

I guess I’m easily impressed.

She at least works.


27 posted on 06/30/2014 3:47:31 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: TurboZamboni

Don’t we all want money without hard work? We just don’t think it’s a reasonable possibility.


28 posted on 06/30/2014 3:47:53 PM PDT by Tax-chick (I don't feel obligated to provide you with a non-boring gun.)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


29 posted on 06/30/2014 3:49:24 PM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: discostu

“Why I work-A short essay”:

I like to eat.


30 posted on 06/30/2014 3:52:03 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“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


31 posted on 06/30/2014 3:52:24 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: TurboZamboni

“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.”

—Socrates


32 posted on 06/30/2014 4:07:24 PM PDT by Owl558 (Those who remember George Santayana are doomed to repeat him)
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To: TurboZamboni

Hard rains a gonna fall.

Alas, Brave New Babylon.


33 posted on 06/30/2014 4:11:02 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: GeronL

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.


34 posted on 06/30/2014 4:23:35 PM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


35 posted on 06/30/2014 4:36:57 PM PDT by erod
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


36 posted on 06/30/2014 5:11:28 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Night Hides Not

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.)


37 posted on 06/30/2014 5:16:45 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Night Hides Not

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.


38 posted on 06/30/2014 5:22:34 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Owl558

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.


39 posted on 06/30/2014 5:27:00 PM PDT by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: RWB Patriot
"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"

I am sure that you will outshine your peers. Its good to know there are people out there who still know the benefits of hard work, and the wisdom to associate with like minded people from whom you will glean untold amounts of knowledge. However, one thing in your post concerns me so I wanted to take the opportunity pass along a word of advice....next time skip punching the door and aim for your lazy coworkers.
40 posted on 06/30/2014 6:13:51 PM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (A Winch usually gets mounted on the front of a jeep...a wench usually gets mounted in the back.)
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To: TurboZamboni

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.


41 posted on 06/30/2014 8:02:51 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: The Grammarian

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 ;)


42 posted on 06/30/2014 8:22:30 PM PDT by Cloverfarm
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To: TurboZamboni
Local family members involved in produce shipping and packaging business - within the last week we heard:
Sectretary was told to order several computers - told the boss it had been done a month ago; when the computers didn't show up, he started checking last week - found she had never bothered to order them because she didn't think there would be enough money to pay for them....
Truck driver doing long-distance hauling of fresh produce when truck broke down - he simply walked away without notifying anyone - a few days later the abandoned truck was tracked down with all the produce spoiled...
Mexican worked showed up in the morning and informed boss that he would be working only two hours that day, then going home to watch Mexico play in the World Cup on TV that afternoon - didn't know if he'd be in the next day...
It's hard to find good help these days.....
43 posted on 06/30/2014 9:28:10 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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