Generation Faceoff: Who Actually Gets To Eat Lunch?
This is part of a series exposing the inner thoughts and candid assumptions of every generation in the workplace so we can better understand each other. Because really, we all want to know, “What WAS she thinking?”
Have you ever come across a woman in the office who completely baffles you? And in a quick brief moment you blame it on her age…or her entire generation? (come on, don’t lie)
Perhaps she arrives at the office late in the morning and you wonder if she’s really staying late into the night (it’s more likely she’s a slacker). Or she confided in you that when she leaves work for the day, she goes home to a television-free home to spend time with a cup of coffee, her husband and absolutely no connection to the internet (it must be torturous to not understand technology). Maybe she’s the peppy one, always in the boss’ office asking for another assignment and possibly even tattled on you for one reason or another (geez, suck-up!). Or she’s the one you’ve never really seen face-to-face, because her’s is always tilted down staring at an iPhone screen (wow, isn’t communication important anymore?).
These special moments are usually brought to you by the sweeping statements that paint entire generations in the workplace. And our sometimes troubling habit of jumping to conclusions when it comes to our colleagues.
In this installment of Generation Faceoff, I asked opinionated and successful female members of every generation to give you their real opinions on typical workplace “stuff.”
This time, we talk about how they want to be recognized, what they like to do at lunch and what they really think about social media at work. What they have to say (and who says it) may very well surprise you.
How do you like to be recognized for a job well done?
“I am so not about monetary reward. Pay me a fair wage consistently, and I’ll knock it out of the park for you. Pay me commissions on top of a pittance of a salary to “motivate” me to achieve your goals? I will quickly resent that environment, because it tells me “you’re only worth a fair price sometimes.”’Lauren Miller, Vice President of Leadership Gold 4 Women
“Public recognition is great when you’re trying to brand yourself as an authority figure and build up your name in the industry. But money is always a great motivator. I would say those two would be ideal.” Rebecca Benison, Editor and Business Development