Older generations say “Work is a place you go.”
Younger generations say “Work is a thing you do.”
Hmmm. What friction might that cause?
Younger generations in the workplace are challenging dress codes and office hours. They say they should be judged on their skills and output, not on their business suit or start times.
Older generations were raised to get a competitive edge with the original face time; parking by the door to show their dedication, showing up early, staying late and dressing to impress.
What are we to do with these differences?
Young, innovative, tech savvy workers would do well to respectfully inquire about processes and procedures. Wise, experienced workers should aim to catch themselves before saying “but we’ve always done it this way” and instead be curious about new ideas.