« on: August 29, 2012, 12:35:21 PM »
It's not that I don't think someone with a 4.0 has no talent. The reason I'd hire the person with work experience at BK with a 3.2 instead is because they probably could have gotten a higher gpa if they didn't work in addition to doing a crappy job that gave them some additional skills dealing with people.
Unless you are a rock star, I don't know of a single profession where someone doesn't dislike doing a part of their job. Whether that's mopping a floor, dealing with angry customers, or even a judge that doesn't like you and embarasses you in a court room. Unfortunately, that is life in general. Of course some managers are lazy and maybe they make people do stupid things. Usually it's because they are on a power trip. But how much training, feedback, and assignments with explanations are managers supposed to do?
All of the things you mentioned were discussed in a seminar one of my coworkers went to. It was focused on the newer generation of grads coming in to the work force and how companies are changing their management styles to help them succeed. It was explained that they were raised by helicopter parents who were "hyper-present, but psychologically MIA." The new grads don't take initiative because they are used to being told when to do everything. When to wake up, when to do their homework, in addition to watching their parents blame teachers for the their bad grades, etc. Yet, the psychological absence has also made them more sensitive. The paperwork on this seminar actually describes the kids as spoiled. While I agree that a manager needs to give feedback, assignments, and training, etc., there is also overkill through micro managing. Does your boss have to explain every single assignment he gives you and if you don't like it, do you tell him you're not going to do it? I mean, I have no problem telling someone why they have to do something, but if I have to stand there asking them and smiling at them and cheering them on to get them motivated, then I will absolutely feel like a babysitter.
My definition of a drone is someone who mindlessly does things. I don't believe taking some initiative is mindless. No one wants to work for a manager that doesn't care or makes them do non-sensical taks just because they are on a power trip. However, no manager wants to be someone's helicopter parent at work all day either. They should be able to handle some situtations without constant guidance, and some history of work experience usually indicates they've acquired some skills.