I worry about our young adults and future employees...
I teach English at a community college. I've been teaching for nearly two decades, mostly business writing. One of my assignments is what I call a "morale memo" in which students must respond to the CEO who has graciously asked all employees to chime in on workplace morale. I just reviewed one of these memos, and here are just two of the student's "requests" (of which there are many). I quote:
"I also think if we have to do schooling late on to move up a position in the company then the company should gladly have to pay for it becuase we weren’t required to take the schooling/classes when we previously were in school. I feel that we should get longer breaks than 10 minutes because sometimes customers are a lot to deal with and when you have had enough of them you just need a break sometimes."
Am I the only one cringing right now? I do know this student is not long out of high school, but I have no idea about her upbringing or home life. She is in an online class, so I don't know her well--only through her assignment submissions. With every year that passes, I am just more resigned to the fact that something has gone horribly wrong. If you are a parent of a soon-to-be young adult, please talk to them about the importance of communication and professionalism. Just being polite goes a long way. QUICK EDIT: I agree it's poorly written, but my biggest concern is the tone and/or lack of self-awareness this demonstrates. I cannot fathom speaking to a supervisor--much less the CEO of the company--in this manner.