Generation X reacts to Marina Shifrin's Pinnacle Millennial Resignation
I very much enjoyed the recent Business and Workplace post about Marina Shifrin, a fearless millennial, dancing her way out the door of her office (forever). But as I read the post and watched the video, I noticed a comment my colleague wrote, “Millennials have a very different mindset around the work they do and the value they bring to a company when compared to other generations in the workforce.”
I gasped. I AM that “other generation of the workforce” and I suppose that’s why I am floored by this girl’s…woman’s…resignation, and that she has a new, sweet gig lined up with Queen Latifah. I assumed by the media attention given to this particular video that she’d be flooded with job offers and interview requests. I just want to provide a word of warning to anyone else thinking this is a good idea…it’s not.
The test of time
A caption from Marina’s video perplexed me: “For almost two years I’ve sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job.” Really? TWO whole years?! There are people who’ve been inhaling toxins in a coal mine for the last 20 years so their kids can have food on the table. There are people who wake up early to scrounge for discarded scrap metal so that they can find an honest way to round up enough money to make the month’s rent payment. They have been doing some sacrificing. The rest of us? We also stay at the office late, bring work home with us, check emails in bed, and miss out on time with our families to attend conferences and corporate dinners. I guess I wasn’t aware that was called “sacrificing”…I thought that was “work”…and I’ve been doing it a lot longer than two years.
But I digress. The real issue here is that Marina didn’t like her job, or the way that she was treated. And here is where our generational differences come into play. As a manager, I’d hope someone would come to me, let me know why their assignments weren’t what they anticipated when they took the job, and discuss with me how we could make the situation better for everyone. Marina lamented that her boss felt “quantity, speed and views” were what was most important in her news videos. It’s too bad those qualities were not in line with her desire to be creative, but if her aspirations were that much different than the goals of the company, it’s a disconnect that’s tough to bridge.
The good thing? You are free to decide what’s best for you—and guess what, it doesn’t take making a video to publicly shame your boss.
A seal of disproval
I can’t fathom creating such a permanent, negative statement that every one of my potential employers will be able to see. But I suppose that’s where my unhip, out-of-touch mentality rears its ugly head.
I grew up without my favorite TV shows being “OnDemand.” I had a huge bucket of Legos and had to use my imagination to build houses without a kit. I had to write papers and essays without being able to find someone else’s online to pilfer from. I recognize that results aren’t always immediate, and life, in general, requires effort.
I’m happy Marina’s exercise in self-expression ended well with a job offer from Queen Latifah. For Marina’s sake, I certainly hope Queen’s show enjoys a longer run than her previous talk show that only lasted for 2 years. For anyone else contemplating a similar action, I am here to assure you that Queen Latifah won’t be knocking on your door.
From one generation to another, I say, be civil, give a “thanks for the opportunity but it’s not for me,” and pursue your dreams elsewhere. There are always other jobs.