Younger generation anti-work behaviors contributing to employer challenges

| January 13, 2022 | 27 Comments

 

The Army and the Air Force are not the only ones having a hard time getting individuals to apply for work. For-profit organizations are also having a hard time getting people to apply for employment.

One of the benefits, of unemployment benefits related to the pandemic, is it gave a large percentage of Millennial and Generation Z members a taste of not having to work. No longer did they have to deal with “rude bosses” and “rude customers” to get a paycheck. They could do what they wished and still get paid.

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But wait! There’s more! There is an increasing amount of hostility to the idea of working. The demand for $15 minimum wage is just the surface. The younger generations want the work environment to operate a certain way that accommodates their liking.

They want these requirements so much that many are willing to remain unemployed. There is a subreddit, “r/antiwork”, that helps put this “psychology” into context. If you go through, and read the comments and their reasoning, you would see that the challenges that the military, and for-profit organizations, is larger than what their recruiting departments think.

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IS1(SW)

Well, when these pansies in school are told that the world owes them after being taught by marxist lesbian leftist activists,it’s difficult to get students properly prepared for the ugly real world. Worried about nonsense like ‘climate change’ and white man bad and math is racist, people aren’t prepared. Jobs exist as a benefit to the business – they don’t exist for workers. Numbskulls that have their entire lives snowplowed for them are now getting… Read more »

NotBuyingIt

“Numbskulls that have their entire lives snowplowed for them are now getting a reality check” While I mostly agree with you, I don’t think they are getting a reality check just yet. As far as I can tell, employers are still having to kiss their a**es to get them to work at all and when the numbskulls can’t afford to pay for things they want (like their own apartment,food, clothing and that $12 cup of… Read more »

Ex-PH2

So, does this mean that at my advanced age (over 30), I could possibly get a job in the Real World and have a paycheck, despite my decision to retire at the appropriate age? Geezo-Pete, if I could do it by working from home and not have to commute on the confounded train every day, I’d be as happy as the guy who found a box of chocolates on his doorstep and a Secret Admirer… Read more »

Forrest Bondurant

I’d like to read VOV’s comments on this topic (and some others).

I can’t post it right now, but if you get the chance, check out “A Millennial Job Interview” from YouTube.

(The video pretty much sums up the article.)

Anonymous

rgr769

That was classic. Too bad that skit is an accurate portrayal of these “entitled” young people, especially those who have recently graduated from college.

26Limabeans

A paper route used to be a good start in life.
Then one day CNN was born and the tree huggers
shut down the paper mills.
Now they just sit home collecting unemployment
and bitch because there’s no toilet paper.

rgr769

My first job, at 16, was stock clerk/grocery bagger at a Safeway grocery store. Pay was $1.25 per hour. I was thrilled to be hired. Needless to say, we had no input in our terms of employment.

SFC D

I was raised by parents who were depression-era children. What did I learn from them?

1: The world doesn’t owe you shit.
2: You deserve exactly what you earn.

MI Ranger

Well said SFC D!!!

Exactly what I am teaching my children.

KoB

Spot on SFC D. I got a Masters Diploma myself from that same School of Hard Knocks.

HMCS(FMF) ret

Same words that I heard from my parents growing up.

Anonymous

Stuck to that in college. Caught lots of sh*t for not being “authentic” or told “some people don’t belong in college” and should “be realistic” instead.

Graduated in 3 years with honors. Got kicked out of a job interview to “What’s wrong, didn’t you like school?!” when the interviewer read that on my resume.

Jay

I joined the Corps at 17. I had the privilege and pleasure to serve for 20 years. In that time I never got a re-enlistment bonus. My bonus was continued employment and the opportunity to get an education. I punched out in 2017 after 20 years with a Masters in Public Administration and no student loan debt. I had a bit of a meltdown having to go find a ‘real job’, and pardon the crudity;… Read more »

MustangCryppie

Words of wisdom from, of all places, “Cracked” magazine! The only problem with the article is that you have to watch Alec Baldwin, though admittedly it is a GREAT scene in the movie “Glengarry Glen Ross”. https://www.cracked.com/blog/6-harsh-truths-that-will-make-you-better-person This should be taught as a class to these dumbasses. I have this pinned in my browser tabs for review whenever I feel like I’m getting too big for my britches! It reminds me of the pep talks… Read more »

Anonymous

“Get them to sign on the line which is dotted.”

ninja

As time goes on, we all eventually get “old”…as with ALL Generations, the current Generation will be facing/dealing with folks younger than them. Those unemployment checks will eventually dry up. That Generation has or will have clones of themselves that they will be or currently are financially responsible for. Have seen/know many Millinial and Generation Zs who ARE in the Workforce, working and collecting a paycheck. Have seen/know Baby Boomers and Generation Xs who DO… Read more »

SFC D

Huh. I’m 60% disabled, I work 40 hours a week. I’m not dependent on any government agency, I earned every damn dime of my VA benefits, just as I earned every damn dime of my retirement pay. The authors can go off to someplace quiet and fuck themselves.

The Stranger

These dipshits should focus on the many cases of outright fraud to include paying out POW benefits to people who weren’t POWs and the many cases of fraud, waste, and abuse perpetrated by VA employees. That and have a nice, big, steaming cup of Shut The Fuck Up. ☕️☕️☕️

rgr769

Whenever people can collect money or benefits they didn’t earn or pay for, there will be many who want to game the system and collect the bennies. As an attorney, I watched this phenomenon for over 40 years. I suppose it inspired that Dire Straits lyric, “money for nothing and chicks for free.”

The question is how much fraud, abuse and waste can the systems tolerate before they collapse?

JURASSICHM

The stupid virus that has infected a good portion of the U.S. population makes Covid pale in comparison.

A Proud Infidel®™

FORGET worrying about the zombie apocalypse, the Stupid Apocalypse is upon us right now!

Wireman611

These slackers would survive a zombie apocalypse because the zombies are in pursuit of brains.

Quartermaster

A smart kid will not go in these days. The woke trash is enough to disqualify the military as anything like a reasonable employer. I tell kids to stay away.

Ret_25X

Each new generation is a barbarian assault on society and culture. This is the fault of parents. No one else. Just parents. Parents elected the idiots who hired the teachers, police, FD, etc, etc. Parents watched tv and rewarded the entertainment and media industries with billions of dollars of profit allowing them to become indoctrination systems. Parents elected moron neocons and neolibs who spent the nation poor. Parents never disciplined their children and parents shirked… Read more »

Veritas Omnia Vincit

I think there is more than a single generational reality at play here. I also think an under reported reality, based on my own admittedly anecdotal experiences in my company and those of my competitors is that the people of my generation (those awful baby boomers responsible for all the ills of the modern world despite not finding a majority in both houses of congress until less than a decade and a half ago) have… Read more »

SteeleyI

US Army Recruiting Command knows this all too well. It’s not just the kids they are trying to recruit, it’s their parents as well. Try this experiment: You’ve all seen those ‘are you smarter than a 5th grader’ person on the street interviews where they ask people questions about what should be ‘common’ knowledge, like what happened on Independence Day, who did we fight in WWII, etc. These are usually hilarious in a ‘horrific for… Read more »