This post is full of impressions and assumptions. Don’t expect much fact or supporting data.
I read about generational differences with interest, pretty sure everyone does. People love to belong, and I find myself blindly defending my generation or characterizing another for no good reason.
Paraphrasing the late George Carlin, pride should be reserved for something you achieve or attain on your own, not something that happens by accident of birth.
But still, we all do it.
Anyway, one generational difference cited by many is that young people (a.k.a. Millenials) expect work to be fun, or at least engaging. Since adults will spend a vast amount of their lives working, shouldn’t that time be more enjoyable?
Gen X’ers and Boomers generally find this to be laughably naive and downright selfish. For us, work has always been work; we get paid, so fun is optional. We’re also accustomed to the idea that work is not play and vice versa, separating the two religiously.
Unfortunately, advancing technology makes it increasingly tough to separate the two. So why is it so whacky that work be fun or at least more enjoyable?
Yeah, I know some people love their work, every single day, but for most, work is, at least sometimes, unloveable.
Should companies do more to make work enjoyable? Some do already, most notably companies that hire young people.
Or is this an unfortunately naive position that isn’t (and won’t be) founded in reality?
My take is pretty simple and hasn’t changed since I touched on this a couple years ago. Work should be more enjoyable, and making it so can be done without installing twisty slides between floors and pool tables.
I guess my small part is trying to make what we use for work more pleasant (or less unpleasant), and overall, I think we could all do with a little more enjoyment from our work.
What do you think? Find the comments.