26 September 2008

Just do the work/Tips are not compulsory

Filed under: Rants

I don’t have time to tell you how good you are, I have work to do. This video puts that better than I could have possibly done. However, since is this my little digital piece of real estate, I’m going to throw in my two cents.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to say this in the last few years to the generations that are now coming into the workforce in droves, called “Generation Y” or the “Millennials”. It’s all about “me” and “how good of a job I did”. It’s not about the work anymore. If I ask someone to do something, I need it done, and am asking someone to do it either because: a. It’s their job; or, b. Because I don’t have time to do it. In either case, they don’t need to send me a note back telling me it’s been done. I will know whether or not it’s been done, but, of course, that’s not what the note is for.

The note is a tip jar. It’s a reminder for you to thank you for what they’ve done and tell them how good they did it.

I’m sure we’ve all seen an explosion of tip jars lately. They’re everywhere: Starbucks, the dry cleaner, sandwich shops; I could go on forever. My question is this: You took that job knowing that you would be compensated at a fair market rate to do whatever job you’re being hired to do; be it dry clean shirts or make sandwiches.  Why is that not “fair” or “enough”? Because you think you’re so special, that salary isn’t enough for you, right?. You’re better than that. You deserve more than the person before you who took the job at the wage provided and did it to the best of their ability. So, since you’re so much better than everyone else, you put a little container there with a cute little note on it pontificating that my Karma will suffer if I don’t give you my change from the transaction for doing the job you were hired to do (and, I might add, seven times out of ten you don’t do right).

Here’s an idea. Do good work, good things will follow. Don’t “beg” for praise or extra money for doing what you are charged, and agreed, to do. Don’t bitch and complain about people you’ve just waited on when they don’t leave you a tip in full earshot of others you’ve been ignoring who have had empty water glasses for fifteen minutes. Just do the damn work you’ve been assinged, and agreed to do for the wage you agreed to do it for. If you want more money, fine, there’s nothing wrong with that. Get more skills and get a better job. Just don’t expect to extort more money out of me because you feel you “deserve” it.

Entitlement is a cancer that is slowly strangulating our society. Everyone feels like they deserve something. News flash: You don’t deserve anything, you earn it.

If these ideals of this generation were in place in the middle-part of the 20th century, we’d all be speaking German and Japanese right now because 1/3rd of the workforce would be standing around a coffee can that said “Kudos” in a festive hand waiting for someone to say “Hey, that’s a nice bomber you built there”.

If you liked this post, please take whatever tip you feel like giving me and spend it on yourself. You’ve earned it.


EDIT: I should point out that I’m not saying that all members of this generation exhibit these qualities, or that members of my own generation don’t do these things themselves. I’m merely agreeing with the video and making comments on my own experience.

One Response to “Just do the work/Tips are not compulsory”

  1. Rene says:

    You know, I couldn’t agree more. Since when do we require kudos for doing what is expected? Isn’t the paycheck just that? It’s your job. When you go above and beyond, you may get some extra attention, otherwise, no news is good news. I often wonder why people are looking to fulfill their “souls” at work.

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