Get Out of My Face: Why Gen Y Refuses to Put in Face Time
Face time. It’s really just about control, isn’t it? Even if there isn’t work to be done, the boss demands that you be there, sitting at your desk, watching the minutes of your life tick away. The boss is paying you, and therefore believes he deserves you until late. How late? Late enough to prove your commitment to the company. Work Saturdays? You bet, at least half a day. Note to employers: this rubs Generation Y the wrong way.
My previous post didn’t really go into much detail in this regard, but this “face time” issue was another aspect of the InsideCounsel Superconference that didn’t make much sense.
Here’s how it went:
“We don’t mind working late, or even all night if we have to. We just don’t want to come in to work on Saturdays if there isn’t work to do,” said Faten Dabis an attorney who had left the practice of law- she was admittedly not from Gen-Y, but a Gen X-er.
“You should be coming in Saturday looking for work to do.” Commented Dan Hull, partner at Hull McGuire PC.
“I can’t stand this attitude coming from Generation Y, they will work late only if they are convinced it is important or necessary.” Scott Greenfield, panel member and criminal defense attorney added.
I think that is the disconnect. Generation Y wants their life to mean something. They want to handle work that is significant, and they certainly don’t want to crank out the billable hours reviewing non-urgent documents on a Saturday afternoon just to line the pockets of the otherwise wealthy partners.
The attitude in years past to this sort of brazen attitude by young lawyers would have been, “tough sh**, deal with it.” Bosses, you should realize you could get away with that in the past, but I am going to let you in on a little secret.
WE AREN’T AFRAID OF YOU ANYMORE
We can start our own firm, build our own company, or go work for someone that knows how to motivate us. We are the largest demographic since the boomers, and you raised us to fear nothing, and for that we thank you. Learn to live with us, or learn to live without us- either way, once you are long gone or retired, we will run this country.
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