Work new thinking
That gave me something to think about. It must be possible to rewrite the “concept of work”, to question and break with encrusted structures and processes. We are not isolated cases. Many representatives of the younger generation feel the same way. We are used to (and especially the very young) organizing ourselves with cell phones and laptops.
And we have a lot of discipline and bite to do our job. During my studies, a maximum of one percent of students had a laptop. When I teach at the universities today, no more than one percent of all students have NO laptop.
Working time is lifetime
For me “working time = lifetime” means. I just don't see why I have to do my time until the end of the day when I've finished work.
Why am I not allowed to enjoy the time that I have "worked" through speed, precision and corresponding results?
Daily goals achieved (prematurely) are also successes! But it's not just about that. The younger generation is also interested in self-fulfillment and meaningful work. Sure, it was the same for older people, but they may not have dared to communicate it publicly.
The Sense work
Compared to the older employees, the younger generation is much more likely to question the meaning of their work. She wants to understand what and above all why and for what she does something, asks more often about the background, wants to take responsibility and participate in decisions.
Carefully observe the young people a little more closely. You will find that many of them are very committed. They develop their own ideas, package them into concepts or words, want to integrate them into projects or processes.
They want to make experiences, develop themselves professionally and grow personally. But when something grows, growth pains are the cause. This means that each of us makes mistakes regardless of developmental phases. This is completely normal. Therefore an environment must be created in which mistakes may be made.
Mistakes promote development ...
... when we learn from it. This also applies to sport. In the case of boxing, a clear distinction is made between training and competition. Many techniques are tried out in the training, but they are not always (in the first place) as they are presented in theory. We make mistakes and the feedback often hurts.
Perhaps it brings us the realization that this technique is not the right one for oneself. Through reflection, we learn, but also through pain. In contrast, the boxer only uses techniques that work. Mistakes are not appropriate here! As a whole, it is a promising learning process.
And that is exactly what must be possible in a company. Mistakes must be made. Only then can the employee develop and become better. However, the prerequisite is that these errors have only limited consequences and do not endanger the entire goal. From the boxer's point of view, he should not be knocked out in every fight. This is too much about the substance and reduces motivation.
Work in harmony with the biorhythm
The young generation wants to decide for themselves when and where to do their work. It needs fixed framework conditions within which it can move freely. The older generation was different; Often, tasks were simply processed without complaint or questions. The why, what for and the how did not matter.
This leads to a question that I would like to ask you: Can you concentrate on eight hours at a time? Not me! We are people and (thank God) no machines! We have a biorhythm with high and low phases, which can be positively influenced by more movement, healthy nutrition and relaxation phases.
Each book on time management recommends working in harmony with the biorhythm. Without a doubt, it makes sense to complete complex tasks when we can concentrate well. For this to succeed, the environment also contributes decisively. So what's the point of doing your job at home - in the home office or out in the fresh air - when you can concentrate much better here?
I know a lot of people who regularly change their place of work. You work in the garden, in the car or the hotel lobby. Why not? A new environment provides fresh stimuli, stimulates imagination and creativity.
So be flexible and work “with soft bandages”. Of course, this type of work requires a high level of mutual trust. But let's be honest: if there is no trust, it is generally difficult to perform well; the workplace only plays a disorganized role.
Hiring young people is a good way to think about work, leadership, and collaboration. But be careful: What has worked well for 30 years does not necessarily have to be the case for the next 30 years.
The boys may be better able to deal with information, but they lack something that the older ones have: professional and life experience. If both complement each other, something larger can result, according to Aristotle's quote: "The whole is more than the sum of its parts."
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