Millennials Can’t Get Anything Done at Work

May 31, 2016

If this is true, it’s sad:

“The younger workers are often off task, engaged on social media, on the internet, texting on phones and other unproductive activities.

“The Department of Labor must realize that if we are supposed to pay them overtime for work they should do during normal work this will make us have to focus on micromanaging employees and reducing compensation to reflect actual productivity of a mandated 40 hour or less workweek.”

I see it a lot when I go to the grocery store. The parking lot attendants are usually looking down on at their phones. That can’t be productive. If this behavior is carrying over into the professional jobs, we’re in trouble.

Thoughts?

4 responses to Millennials Can’t Get Anything Done at Work

  1. My eyes rolled so hard at this I think I saw my brain. One comment from one person is representative of an entire generation? Give me a break. How many times have we heard this before? From every generation before this? Every generations sees the new one as lazy and entitled.

    Frankly, working for a Fortune 500 conglomerate, I see WAY more laziness within the senior ranks than I do with any millennials. We’ve been hearing for years that 50% of the company is eligible for retirement, yet they keep hanging on… bemoaning the new employees while passing off as much work to them as possible while still trying to be relevant.

    How about maybe millennials are more productive because they use modern technology to work faster and smarter? Nah, that can’t be it.

  2. Good point, Tom. Yes, laziness is in all the ranks. I’m also sure there are some advantages to personal technology, but I can also see how it could be a distraction.

    • It’s certainly a distraction, but it’s a distractions not limited to millennials. I walk the aisles and see every generations surfing the web.

      This writer is blaming US productivity on a stereotype of an entire generation based on 1 comment from a manufacturing report. Sounds more like lazy reporting to me.

  3. I too believe the problem is rampant among several generations. It gives true performers a chance to shine and incentives for automation to play an even greater role in the economy.