Too rich to grow mature? Time will tell
When money cannot rule a workplace, it must be one of the biggest nightmares for the boss. As much as I appreciate my team members’ life attitude that they do not work for money – like many other young people born after 1995, I cannot help but noticing how their work ethic that seemingly deserves our support actually cannot work well in the office (The whole package, December 12).
Their ambition to work for a higher goal other than a higher salary is naturally based on their well-off family background that makes them care less about payment but more about the non-wage benefits. Instead, they tell themselves and others how they strive for a better world in various kinds of down-to-earth ways.
Such pure and innocent minds, however, sometimes cause more trouble, when their naive way of thinking cannot process the complexity of reality. One of my team members demanded an absolutely fair way of performance assessment the other day, while some other questioned why they cannot stand up against the department director or walk away from a meeting they disagree with.
I don’t know what to say, but only wait for them to grow older and feel the power of the menacing reality crushing down upon their little world. Luckily, time will help them learn these life lessons soon.
Jenny Liu, by email