Millennials and their Work Ethic
Here is a prime example: Back in February of 2018, we hired a marketing coordinator. She interviewed really well (she has excellent soft skills) though we knew that she was lacking some hard technical skills. Our thinking went that hard skills can be acquired, but soft skills cannot. Our budget was $45K to $60K for this position and we asked what she wanted. She said $50K and we agreed. Perhaps this was too generous (in Edmonton, AB) but we decided that she will grow into the role.
She reports to a VP who works in another town, so I'm the senior most person in our Edmonton office. I see that she comes to work 30 minutes late every day, and there is always an excuse as to why she is late. There has been times where I'm out of the office for a meeting and as soon as she realizes that no one else is in the office, she closes up and leaves as well. Moreover, she has called in sick 9 times in 2018, and has already called in sick 6 times in the first 8 months of 2019. So a total of 15 times over the last 18 months. Yikes!
She doesn't report to me so I don't see what she does, but whenever I go past her office (yes, she has an office) she is either on Facebook, twitter, or Instagram.
All of the above is fine as long as she is getting her work done, which I'm thinking she is as there has been no negative feedback (nor has the VP asked me for my opinion, and I wouldn't share this stuff anyways as it's petty).
Here is the kicker: she wants to get the manager title and wants her pay bumped up to $65K! Hahaha...
If she was displaying the necessary work ethic, I'd agree with her. But it seems like the entitlement mentality is plaguing our newest generation who are now in their '20s and entering work.
They want the VP title and a six-figure salary in 3 years. Yeah, not going to happen unless you are a doctor. Even lawyers and CA's have to work hard and put in long hours to hit that six-figure mark.
What has been your experience?
Is there something that I can do to help her?
She is a great person and has an excellent personality. A part of me just wants to leave it be and not stir the pot. Another part of me wants to let her supervisor know what I see. Another part of me wants to sit her down and explain that if she wants to get to the VP title, she would have to work super hard. But I know the right thing to do is just leave it be. Any suggestions?