RE: permalancer

Subject: RE: permalancer
From: "Chesler, Lynn" <lchesler -at- auspicecorp -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 15:02:44 -0500 (EST)

I'm coming in late to this thread but I have 2 tidbits to add:

1. US workers used to have relative job security, but in the 80's?
companies began laying off loyal workers with the prevailing winds.
Therefore, many younger workers cut their teeth in an era when job hopping
became the norm through no fault of their own. You have to constantly
reinvent yourself when you're laid off every few years. Eventually,
self-preservation trumps company loyalty.

2. Younger workers who are not supporting families can change jobs and
careers more freely because steady pay is less important to them. When we
get older, well, I can only speak for myself, but... As the sole support
for my family, the lack of job security in the current climate scares me
to death.

Lynn
(A boomer who is willing to put up with some boredom on the job in
exchange for a decent and steady income to help me raise my family.)

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Behalf Of Laura Lemay
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 2:45 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com; Chris Borokowski
Subject: Re: permalancer

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> Plenty of new kids have a fine work ethic, but without the "dedication"
> to a career or employer. Instead, they'll work at what pleases them
> and take short-term jobs when they need extra money. So, think of
> somebody running a pottery shop during tourist season, because they
> like it, then closing shop and taking a couple of temp jobs over the
> winter, just to get by... between ski vacations... or stints working
> as ski-hill staff... or maybe they'll take occasional shifts at
> elder-care facilities, helping the robots that do most of the lifting
> and cleaning of our (boomers') failing bodies.

(tsk) Kids today!

I remember much of that same advice being said about my generation,
Generation X. We were lazy, slackers, we didn't want to put in our dues,
we were selfish, we had no sense of company loyalty, we had short
attention spans, and only wanted to work on things that made us happy.
We were working strings of temp jobs and moving back in with our parents.
We were going to be difficult to manage ("herding cats" yup, that nuggest
again) and making us get any work done at all was going to be a real
problem. Death of industry predicted.

GenX is now 40+ and industry isn't dead yet. Industry seems to be going
on pretty much the way it has all along. I predict that the current
generation will do just fine in the workforce too.

Laura
dancing with myself






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References:
RE: permalancer: From: Chris Borokowski
RE: permalancer: From: McLauchlan, Kevin
Re: permalancer: From: Laura Lemay

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