Life Rambles- Modern Teens and Workforce

Sometimes, getting new hires can feel like watching The Apprentice

I'm not too proud to deny it, I work in retail full time, been in my current job nearing two years now, but between my mother being an A level Maths teacher and work, I'm hearing the word 'lazy' an awful lot when talking about those in the 16-18 band.

Sometimes, I think there are things that we're not teaching people at school:
  • Getting past the interview is not the end.
With some of our short-lived colleagues, it's their first job, and I have gotten the feeling that they believed it's plain sailing once they pass that interview and get the offer.

I cannot remember a time in school where I was told about probationary periods. This is a time when your boss is monitoring your performance to see if you really can do the job. It can be three months initially, but employers are allowed to extend it up to six if they think they need more time to see what you're capable of. If someone does not uphold the standards expected persistently, they are let go with no need for reason nor is the company required to give a reference.

Someone my boss hired was kicked out after three shifts because he was persistently late. This became a story that I wound up sharing with my mother when she ranted about some of her students. Her reaction was that she was going to tell that to her students, since some were less than empathetic about the notion of punctuality. From what she told me later, she got some surprised reactions, though I don't know whether or not that reformed anyone.

  • Work isn't looking for you to fail, but it is not going to go out of its way to make you succeed either.
Mandatory education very much spoon feeds you compared to university or employment. You'll be given basic training and resources but from there it's on your own back. This is even more the case if you want to climb the ladder, because you have to show your capability in the promoted role while doing your current one well. In some jobs it is easier than others.

  • Your boss is not like your teacher nor your parents
A teacher has a stake in you staying in the course and making the grade. A good parent sticks with their kids through thick and thin.

Your boss is neither of these things. They have a job of their own and part of that is making sure that the best people they can get are in the right position. A good one is able to segregate their personal and their professional decisions and work accordingly.

If Twitter is anything to go by, the majority of my readers are past the stage of needing to be told this outright, but if I can help them by giving a third party's statements on the realities of work, that will make this piece worth it.


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