It’s no surprise that Gen Y isn’t all that comfortable in traditional, stodgy workplace environments. We’re much better suited to things like freelancing, starting our own businesses and even working a more standard 9 to 5…so long as we’re treated like adults.
Over at Switch and Shift, a site that focuses on finding a better, more “human” way of doing business, Ryan Eggenberger recently wrote a resignation letter that perfectly sums up Gen Y’s frustrations when it comes to the traditional way employees are managed.
See if any of this sounds familiar to you:
I want to thank you for the opportunity of working in your traditional, corporate office.
You see, my coworkers here at the company are great. Every morning after clocking in, John, Suzie, and I drank coffee together at John’s desk, checked the latest Facebook gossip, and caught up about last night’s episode of the Bachelorette before we actually did any ‘real’ work. It was a great way to waste two hours before you finally arrived in the office around 10…
…My favorite thing about your traditional office was when I was done with my work at 2pm, but you made me sit there until 5pm. Or if you were having a good day and I wasn’t afraid to ask, you generously let me leave at 4:45pm. Your flexibility in wasting my time fit the old-school office template to a T.
And lastly, there were blue-jean Fridays. Whoever thought of that should get an award. Wearing jeans on Fridays was a great way to show your appreciation to us for our hard work, and it showed us what a cool company we were!
What do you think of Ryan’s points? Can you see yourself in this letter? (More importantly, how many of you would love to be able to send this letter to your boss?)