This Project Really Interferes with My Summer Plans!
The Millennials, the newest generation at work, have a reputation for insisting on “life/work balance.” Many employees from all generations desire this as well. But most seasoned workers know that “balance” needs to be earned! Once a person has established a reputation for “getting things done,” it is much easier to ask for the work schedule that also accommodates the employee’s personal life.
Last summer I experienced an example of a Millennial who was completely “unclear on this concept.” A small start-up organization recruited a student who was also an MBA candidate to work on a financial modeling project destined to be a part of the CEO’s presentation to raise money. This project would be seen by Venture Capitalists and Investment Bankers from coast to coast.
The young man started his new part-time position and was given a lot of studies and data to review on his own. Start-up companies typically do not spend much time orienting new employees. The expectation is that new employees will be taking initiative, observing, and learning on their own.
A few days into the project, the young man left before lunch and didn’t return. Shortly the work team received a message from the missing student. He explained that the project was “cutting into his summer plans.” He also said he had a wedding to plan. His message indicated he knew the project was a terrific opportunity but it didn’t fit into his current life priorities.
Needless to say the professionals who would have been his team mates were upset and amazed at the same time. Clearly this young man was not ready for the commitment that an MBA and professional position required!
To prevent this kind of issue happening to a young adult you know:
- Encourage them to ask questions to get a handle on the scope and size of the project or job beforehand.
- Emphasize the necessity of knowing the commitment they are willing to make before accepting a project, a part-time or full time job.
- Let them know that life balance is a great goal but may not be achieved at the beginning.
- Remind them there is always a trade off when looking for balance.
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