Exactly what does it really hurt to assume the best of your coworkers?
Linking Generations of people is in my blood and has been for a long time. Not only do I have the personality for it, but my previous position was about exactly doing this: removing the barriers between generations of thinkers and doers in a spiritual setting. There’s more coming about that under “Why I Care”.
I see it all the time, you probably do too. No matter where I travel, when I hop in McDonalds to get my morning going, there is always a group of senior citizens sipping on cheap coffee talking politics, how much better things “were” and how the world is disintegrating because of “these kids” meaning young adults. They are oblivious to the level of offense and maybe pain such chatter brings to those who are the subjects of their conversation. It dehumanizes brilliant and valuable people and it’s not ok in my book. I can probably get an applause from folks from newer generations, but wait just a minute.
Turn from that conversation to the 73 year old lady taking orders. Ever watched as someone rolled their eyes, sighed or cussed at her because she couldn’t figure out how to key in that they wanted their pickles cut up into 1/6ths or they would not be able to ingest the $1.00 Value Burger? Think she really wants to be in that situation? She may know how to make those pickles! She’s a brilliant and valuable human and something is being lost in this picture.
The same frustrations, attitudes, and loss of value can be clearly seen in the work place – and in my book it’s stupid and unnecessary. Think it’s irrelevant? Wait till you’re over forty and applying for jobs…. it’s a party… the unmentioned elephant in the room.
I’m passionate that there’s a lot of work to do here. It’s my dream to dig for and demonstrate the value of multiple generations locking arms and using their differences to do great things. There’s a lot of discord in American culture over several things but I don’t really hear this being addressed much – and I hope to change that.
I’ll be building out my reasoning here and in the IntergenLink Blog. I welcome any feedback or help along the way!!