younger generation .. struggles to follow 'unwritten' rules of wokplace ...

Malaysia
March 10, 2010 2:52am CST
there are so much requirments which are not written in our "job scope" or "standard operating procedures" ... but are necessary to keep us 'afloat' in our work place .. Younger generation are more outspoken they want to know "why something is done in such a way ??? " they cant accept a response like ... "If boss said just do it, boss is always right?? " i just tell them ... if you need this job .. then we have to tolerate our bosses and if must have to 'flatter' them when ever required But if we are able to leave a job and go ... find a new place/environment then we can just tell them to "F*** Off" .. and move on .. Am i wrong ... ??
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@Lochoa (222)
• United States
10 Mar 10
It really just depends. I know for me I understand better if you explain why things need to be done this way b/c when the next project comes along I can refer back to the 1st time. Nothing is ever exactly the same in a work place so being able to understand the reason behind it can help you evaluate if it needs to be done the same as the first or a little different ( I hope this makes sense) but if they're just saying that do be a brat about things then yeah they need to leave and get another job. People like to push peoples buttons a lot and the work place can be stressful so it builds up even more frusteration with people!
• Malaysia
11 Mar 10
yes it just depends on the situation .. but your eg is more to handling a task .. but unwritten rules are like the 'drama' or 'showcase' that we do in front of higher management, being busy when we are not, staying back late to punch card after 6pm even when we got nothing to do .. this sort of things
@Lochoa (222)
• United States
11 Mar 10
Then YES, I do know what you're talking about but I see people doing that all the time it didn't matter how old then were. At my last job, most of the people that had been there for awhile did that all the time or called on the work phone making personal calls and all that stuff. I never once used the work phone to make a personal phone call. If I had to make a call I used my cell and went out into the break room or lobby. They would be texting all the time, I admit that I did when it was something urgent and I couldn't get away from my desk to take the call. I worked hard asked a lot of questions to make sure I understood the situation....I worked in doing loan modifications for people, saving their homes. I STILL GOT LAID OFF! All the slackers are still there and I can't believe it! It's better for me b/c I don't have to be around people like that but at the same time I don't understand it. I was laid off with 5 other people and it was b/c they needed to cut back but why was I one of the people that had to get laid off? Ac ouple of the other people that were laid off I was very surprised but the some of the people that stayed I just can't believe! Always online checking the news and emails I never once did that. Always IMing people in the office or other office joking around, I did this too until they told everyone that if they kept doing that they would get laid off b/c it's not work related but they didn't care they still did it! And all these examples I'm giving such as on the phone, texting etc are all things the job specifically said they DO NOT want people doing and once they made that clear again I made sure I didn't do any of it! So not sure what generation this discussion may be referring to but I'm 25 and these people I'm talking about are 40+ so it really just depends, still more on the peoples work ethics then there generation
10 Mar 10
Hi! sanjana. i don't think we need to "oil or flatter" our bosses. If we are capable and have that knowlegde about the work we are doing and we are good at that then why should we 'flatter' our bosses. Ya its true that to some extent it happens but personally i don't think that the young generation should follow the unwritten rules of workplace. Rather than following the rules we should stand up to it. A workplace should be something were employees can work freely, improvise their creativity and their skills. And their work should be understood by their bosses by their hard working,devotion,skills. Not by their "flattering or oiling" to their bosses
• Malaysia
11 Mar 10
you are right .. but when the type of boss that you are with 'likes' that 'sort' of butter-up, in order to our success, we have got no choice but to do it or just leave the place right ??
• Latvia
10 Mar 10
Well maybe there is something wrong with a few unwritten rules... Maybe thats why young poeple behave such way...
• Malaysia
11 Mar 10
there is nothing wrong with the unwritten rules, it is just that ones those people attained certain position in their life (after going tru much sufferings in lower position) they just accept somethings in return
• India
10 Mar 10
The younger generation are a brave lot. They do not expect job security, and they are quite confident that they can always get a job after telling the boos to F*** Off.For the young people, there is a whole wide world in front of them.There is sufficient number of jobs, so they just dont care.
• Malaysia
11 Mar 10
yes ramesh .. they really have confidence of getting another job elsewhere .. but sometimes they dont and end up a burden to the family
@apsara60 (6611)
• Israel
10 Mar 10
Dear Sanjana, how are you. Hope your leg is better now and you are moving around. About the new generation...., I think what they are doing is for got. You and me were so obedient and innocent at their age that we never asked any question...but this innocence and obedience did not allow us to explore our inner qualities.....we just blindly accepted what ever our parents, teacher, boss and in-laws told us.....But today when I look at myself....I find that I had lot of potential,lot and capacity to do a lot of things and I could have easily established my separate identity in this world.....but since we gave more importance to others and less our own-self...we are today simple average,people. You are not wrong but very much right....If your conscious does not agree with something, don't accept it .We must always boldly fight for right things and as far as I know right and true things always win. Have a nice day dear.
• Malaysia
11 Mar 10
Wow dear ... very risky to give a fight wihout the 'bank balance' showing lesser than 4 figures ... we need to have enough saving to last us minimum 6 months before can fight ... People of my generation, i have seen the bold ones but they have the backup as well as they can get job easily ... That is why i want to establish my own "restaurant chain" ... only waiting to win the lotto money ps : i am getting better ... moving and cooking cheers
@shibham (17019)
• India
10 Mar 10
hi sanju. to some extent its true but in some u need to flatter your bos or any upper level officers. just say about the job of teachers. i am also a teacher and never feel that i have to flatter or oil my principal. so in some conditions this thougt is not applicable. thanks.
• Malaysia
11 Mar 10
when workplace politics come in the teacher too need to flatter the bosses in order to get 'good name' cheers
• United States
11 Mar 10
even if you want to tell them upon leaving to f off,you shouldn't if you can avoid it..you never know if you'll be forced by necessity to take the job again or work with that person.