Breaking The Rules At Work
They say, “Youths these days have no idea how to survive in the workplace; they just keep hopping from one job to another.” Well, it’s time to prove them wrong, peeps. We are much stronger than they thought. The difference between young ones like me and those whom have been in the working world since the past 10 years is we’re the millennium kids. So when we enter the force, we walk in with a genuine heart and transparency to give our very best shot.
Things are no longer the same anymore for employers as new young talents walk in to conquer the industry and give a piece of our minds. Don’t blame us for this new workplace etiquette that we bring along with us. We grew up with the current technology of internet, MSN and google search. We were shaped to be transparent and expressive. We were mould to be bold enough to voice out thoughts and suggestions. And we are 100% sure that we are breaking all your old rules – for the better.
Here are some insights and thoughts which I would like to share, my study case for the year.
Keep your headphones on all the time. You don’t need other small matters to distract your attention at work. Keep those emails coming in, let the clients buzz you on MSN, and continue communicating with your network through SMSes. It’s our way of communication, but that’s not the best excuse. We are connecting with black and white proofs that could save our ass when disasters strike. And who knows, whatever that you are listening to can inspire you to do even better!
Don’t ask for time off, just take it! The event of today (I took half day MC yesterday because I have a stomach flu) is an example. Strangely, we have one thousand excuses to tell our boss when we need some time off from work but we hardly use any because it goes against our sub-conscious mind. Stop contemplating! If you need a break, just take one. It’s not a sin to breathe when you have to.
Invite your CEO to read your blog and add him on MSN. (What, Cmate? Add the BIG GUY on my network?) Yes, that’s exactly what I am talking about and trust me, it’s not as bad as you have pictured it to be. Bring them into our world, help them to understand us better while we try to see things their way, and build the bridge of respect. When bosses have become our friends, it’s easier to move on to the next level together.
Don’t try to change a colleague, just avoid them. Everywhere you go, whichever company you are in, there’s bound to be a black duckling. We don’t try to change them, we avoid them because there’s nothing much that we can do. Partially, we pray that life would slowly change them. But when the jerks still remain as jerks, it’s time to get our ass off the plate.
So guys (youths and those young at heart), if you are still at a dead end in your workplace, time to boost up or pack up because if your bosses can’t understand that you are a millennium kid, you’ll reach no where.
Originally written by Gina Yap Lai Yoong © 2007