The New Workforce

Have you noticed a change in trend in our workforce, especially those in the age 19-25 bracket? The trend is not an encouraging one.

Try asking for opinions in facebook and you will receive tons of feedback – mostly negative. Observations?

  • not dependable
  • not pro-active
  • no passion
  • no responsibility

Speaking as an employer, I’ve had endless challenges with the youngsters. It seems all they want is to be overpaid and underworked. Give them some stress and challenge and they will bail out or shutdown!

The topic about young people @ work surfaced recently in one get-together session with 2 other business associates – a Senior Manager of a MNC & a senior executive in a decent sized malaysian company.

Not surprisingly, we share the same experiences. At the end of it all, we could only shake our head in disbelief. What will become of our nation if these people are the future?

I share my opinion with many friends that the root problem of it all lies in education & lifestyle:

  • they’re having life too easy & expect everything to be served to them on a silver platter
  • they have no clue about hardship
  • no education / guidance / encouragement¬†from parents

All these has caused our young to be like “paper tigers”. They crumble at a drop of water or blown away at the slighest of wind. *sigh*

Still, all said and done, there are also the group that has been making positive strides against this negative trend with their vision, ingenuity and passion. Le’ts hope the “positive” group can be of influence to the “weak” ones.

Until things change, it will continue to be a numbers game. People come, people go, people come, people go and amongst the numbers will be a gem! *fingers crossed*


One thought on “The New Workforce

  1. Agreed with you that the young ones have it way too easy. Lopsided gomen policies on education also do not help.

    Life today is not the same as the life we had as a child a couple of decades ago. People who are parents today have probably gone through a tough life. Most will have come from poor families and have studied hard to get a good education. They have gone through a ‘deprived’ life in their opinion. So now that they have gotten moderate success in life as in having a good income and living a much better life than they had when they were children, they tend to want to provide everything to their children. They do not want their children to go through the same thing they did.

    In doing so, these parents have mostly overlooked one crucial point. Hardships build character. If not for their own hardships that they have experienced, these parents would not be where they are now.

    They give their children everything they could so that the children will have a good life. In doing so, they sacrifice their time for money. Time that would have been better spent educating their children and providing them with the correct values in life.

    So these children will mostly grow up in an environment where they hardly have to work for anything while growing up. Branded merchandise, luxury items and whatever else can be had by just requesting them from their parents. As the parents toil day and night to get the means to provide, the children are left with no one to guide them. Any surprise that we get a generation of young adults wanting to work less but get overpaid?

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