I am quickly approaching another birthday and am reminded of how old I am when I watch 20-something year olds.
They are un-intimidated by new technology. They actually look forward to figuring out new functionality.
They are unaffected by the world around them. Recession, what recession.
They do what they want to do.
They can stay out until 2 am and sleep in until Noon.
As I write each of these statements, I do so with a bit of jealously mixed with a tad of distain.
I was talking with some fellow trainers and mentioned the need for a training session on workplace etiquette. It would cover such things as how to shake hands and look someone in the eye to how to act appropriately in a meeting. "Well, then, define appropriately" said one colleague. Quickly I said, it is not ok to text message while in a meeting, that is disrespectful. "According to who? The older generation who don't do it" they asked me. Shoot, trapped again I thought.
Who defines appropriate business conduct/etiquette? Do we hold on to the unwritten laws of our parents' generation? I can't yet answer this the way I think I should. I do know that different companies have different accepted sets of etiquette. Therefore, when investigating a new company for employment, you need to be sure there is a cultural fit. You can't change culture. If you are really open minded, you can try to adapt or cope. This can take enormous energy, be careful. Just don't be judgemental. It isn't a matter of right or wrong, just different.