Sometimes I read things that really make me question the working world; especially, as someone entering it. These stories are scary and feel like they are out of a bad version of the Devil Wears Prada.
Yesterday, I read something on Australiaâ€™s Smart Company by Aunty B, a business wiz woman who takes questions from disgruntled, confused and often clueless people about the corporate agenda.
But yesterdayâ€™s question, not only surprised me, but Iâ€™ll admit I was quite disgusted by it as well:-
Dear Aunty B,
I am so angry. I just asked our young new staff member very nicely to do the coffee run. Yesterday morning he did it, reluctantly. But this morning he flatly refused, saying he had not done five years study at university and given up two weeks of work to come and be an intern, only to walk across the road and get coffees.
I then sent the big boss to talk to him and he still refused to get the coffee. It was explained to him on the interview phone call that he would do the coffee run every morning and he agreed.
But now he says he thought that was just a joke.
Fortunately, someone else got the coffee so we are not all suffering from caffeine withdrawals as well.
Is this a Gen Y thing? Or is he a one off? Can I expect more Gen Ys to refuse to get coffee?
Iâ€™ll tell you this: I wasnâ€™t disgusted by errand of getting coffee, but rather by the mentality of helplessness, obvious disdain and discrimination shown by â€œTLâ€ for Gen-Y.
Seriously? Seriously. Seriously!
Is there some reason this â€œTLâ€ is choosing to single out and generalize all of Gen-Y? And furthermore, was this really and truly a part of the Gen-Y’s job interview?
Maybe I just see too many things through rose-coloured glasses…
I think if I was going on a work experience excursion for two-weeks and someone told me Iâ€™d be getting coffee, Iâ€™d think it was a joke too. Not because Iâ€™m being sassy or trying to be extra smart, but because, I would imagine that I would gain real-world experience and learn something from a work experience program. Especially, if I felt that I was qualified after gaining a university degree or two. I wouldn’t be under the impression that a college graduate enrolled in a work experience program was there to “get the coffee.”
Are you Miranda or Nuclear? I don’t think so…
It is basic human nature and an imprint left upon us by society: work hard, do well and thou shall get aheadâ€¦or something like it at least.
And it’s not just Gen-Y. But thatâ€™s the thing, whether Gen-Y, Gen-X, Boomer, Silent or naught, anyone, does it matter?
Did this unnamed company hire a work-in maid, or university graduate to train and help build up their company? Are they trying to do a service to the future of their business community or are they participating and mulling over a disservice to their lusting caffeine yearnings?
Fire the intern and get a new one? Or fire the mentality?
I know there is a lot of talk about the intern slave trade and itâ€™s not uncommon â€“ but I often read things like this and wonder why we canâ€™t all just get along?
Why is there is need to demean people, order instead of nurture and bits of “Im’ma let you finish” ogling our specs?
You know, like Gracie Lou Freebush says, in Miss Congeniality…
…I really do want world peace.
Sasha Muradali runs the â€˜Little Pink Bookâ€™ . She holds a B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida (â€™07)Â and an M.A. in International Administration from the University of Miami(â€™08). She loves Twitter and all things social media, so you should find her @SashaHalima.