I've been working 60-80 hour weeks for 5 months. That doesn't count 12 hours a week worth the commuting. I haven't been on here at all.
Not a good reason for ignoring your blogs, but the reason none the less. Actually, it is a good reason, but whatever.
I hear a lot about how my generation feels more entitled than those of the past. That is wrong. We do feel very entitled, but so do all the others. We just feel entitled for different reasons. I feel entitled because I work longer, work harder and produce better results than the boomer in our office. The baby boomer feels entitled because he's been doing this for many many more years and has more expertise.
What makes my feelings of entitlment worse than his and by extension, our feelings worse than theirs? I have more responsibilities, produce more and achieve better results. Is it wrong that I believe I deserve to be compensated in the same way or even more? Why?
Before people start blathering on about how my generation feels entitled, maybe they should take a look at what entitled means. Just because you feel entitled because of your experience doesn't make you any better than me when I feel entitled because I produce more.
Older workers are just pissed that their lazy asses are being out performed by my generation, and instead of working harder (or smarter) they complain about my generation either receiving or thinking they should receive better treatment.
And yes, I know I'm generalizing... that's exactly my point. Don't complain about me doing exactly what you're doing by calling my generation the entitlement generation.
Boo-yah, back to 6 12's in the morning!
You're not wrong to think that you deserve something for what you're doing.
You might be wrong for assuming it's going to happen though.
I'm older than you are, and I put in the type of work what you're doing now. It got me nothing except countless hours of my best years flushed down the toilet. No promotions, a couple small raises, maybe a couple thank yous during year-end reviews, and the eventual "Sorry, we don't have money anymore to keep you" while the owner drives around in a $175K audi and flies to the Caymans in his private jet. I sat there like a dumbass for years thinking that these were the hours I needed to be putting in at a young age in order to kickstart a career while in hindsight I should have recognized that I was getting taken advantage of and that I should have been looking for better jobs.
Hopefully your hours get you where you want to go. Before throwing away your spare time in the prime of your life, be sure it's going to get you somewhere. Be sure you're going to get a promotion, or a big raise. Be sure you're not working for a boss who behind your back is saying "Yeah he's working crazy hours, but that's his choice. I'm not asking him to do it, I'm not giving him any extra to do it, we're not going to tell him not to do it, and as long as he's doing it, we're going to continue to try to get away with paying him as little as possible to do it."
If working those hours is truly what you want to do with your life, then great. If it isn't, then hopefully it won't result in a situation where you're looking back in regret at what you're doing now. Keep that in mind when criticizing older workers, because some of them have been down the same path as me. I sure as hell will never be putting in those hours again, not without being compensated for it. I know that's going to hurt me because companies will be able to find people who will, but I'd rather live on my feet than die on my knees.
I think the word entitled is misused a lot - I mean, shouldn't we want what we think we deserve? and who is to say I don't deserve what I want? I'm with you!
Having a sense of entitlement isn't wrong. Being entitled with what you do and what you are is often the chief driving force/motivation factor behind many of us. It also brings along with itself a certain "feel good" factor.
I'd say sense of entitlement is a good thing. As long as you don't let it get ahead of yourself.
I haven't been blogging either. Been exceptionally busy with the roles I've had as a Student's Council member and the approaching final year projects (not to mention my secret pet-projects), so don't worry about being out of the loop.
Glad to see you're fine though. Always nice to see an occasional blog from you. :)
It is good to see you again, but I am sorry to hear that you are working so many hours. I hope the job is going well, and you get a chance to see your girl friend some times.
I think you'll find the number of those exhibiting such behaviour *has* followed an upward tendency as new generations come into being, but that's probably as a result of the general population increase more than anything else - regardless, it's a common enough human failing, and a thoroughly arrogant one at that.
Regarding the excessive hours... welcome to the club. :\
Good to hear from you though. :)