The fact that people have a problem with a boss who teaches this to teens and actually think that it’s cruel.

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Steve S · March 23, 2022 at 9:04 pm

Yeah, not sure what closet they live in…

Jonathan · March 23, 2022 at 11:54 pm

These are things to know in life, but I’m not sure they should be given out in this situation.
I was expecting a list of being on time, working hard, being polite to customers, etc when I opened the article.

    Rob · March 24, 2022 at 6:37 am

    You’re correct. These things should be taught in school. But they aren’t. I imagine this employer is sick and tired of the entitled whiners…

Nolan Parker · March 24, 2022 at 1:16 am

Looked like something most young people need to understand.

BobF · March 24, 2022 at 4:32 am

Thinking a boss frustrated by teens who have come to “work” expecting the world on a platter. I agree with the points given, but timing seems premature. If parents are raising hell, I hope it is for timing and not for the value of the message(s). Unfortunately I don’t believe that is the case as I encounter those parent types regularly.

    Divemedic · March 24, 2022 at 7:55 am

    The fact that one of the comments made called it a “list of Boomer values” leads me to believe that the problem is with the content, not the timing.

      TechieDude · March 24, 2022 at 8:08 am

      Commenters on sites like bored panda and others are mostly morons.
      Not like on blogs like this where they are above average.

      That said, those are values from Before Silent up to and including “Gen-X”

      I’m wondering if it all wasn’t made up.

anonymous coward · March 24, 2022 at 6:36 am

Spineless teachers and parents won’t. I think this all began with everyone gets a ribbon.

JaimeInTexas · March 24, 2022 at 9:01 am

A lot of comments at that site scream “list of Boomer values”. To me, it sounded like the list was made by someone BEFORE boomers. Maybe the Boomers reacted against the ideas in the list and gave us generations of snowflakes?

WDS · March 24, 2022 at 9:14 am

I challenge anyone to visit a fast food joint, C-store etc. that hires teens and not find at least one gazing at their damn phone when they should be doing what they were hired to do instead. Look, I realize you’re damned important but I need to get my sh*t and keep moving, Aiden or Tamanda.

Kid · March 24, 2022 at 11:12 am

No surprise about the devestated child and angry parents. You had some number of College students that had to be sequestered with play-doh and coloring books because Trump got elected.

Don Curton · March 24, 2022 at 12:00 pm

I have in my office a small book, slightly larger than a pamphlet, called “The Unwritten Laws of Engineering” first published in 1944, with several re-prints (I have both original and updated copies). In it there are topics on proper behavior in an office environment, how to treat your boss, etc. and so forth. It covers everything from proper dress (no casual Fridays back then), speech (no cussing, yes sir and no sir where appropriate), and many other topics. Apparently there was a need back then to address what should be common sense. But as old-fashioned as it is, it is still very correct and useful. I’ve made copies and handed out to co-op students and new engineers several times.

As a manager, the boss should clearly spell out his expectations for workplace behavior, especially to new employees. Show up on time, ready to work, etc. If you don’t spell out your expectations, how do you expect your employees to meet them?

    Eric Wilner · March 25, 2022 at 3:16 am

    Just looked up “The Unwritten Laws of Engineering” (original version).
    A quick scan turns up a point: “Many young engineers feel that the minor chores of a technical project are beneath their dignity and unworthy of their college training.”
    Which… well, my career didn’t exactly offer opportunities for that sort of attitude. I started out in a small company in which everyone did whatever was needed, be it brainstorming system architecture or moving furniture.
    And I’m put in mind of an anecdote told by a Russian colleague: the first thing his first boss said to him was, “You are engineer? Where is soldering iron?” And, yes, once I got into a larger company I started encountering EEs with fancy degrees who were a little unclear as to which end of a soldering iron was which.
    I seem to recall hearing, some years ago, that Stanford required students of mechanical engineering to take machine-shop classes, which seemed like a Really Good Idea (see Jordin Kare’s pair of songs, “The Designer” and “The Engineer”).

    In general: I’ve noticed that a small minority of workers will, regardless of nominal position or job title, end up doing indispensable things, coordinating, knowing where stuff is kept, and so on. I call these “token responsible adults”; I think in the military they’re called “NCOs” and actually trained for the job. In a corporate setting, they may be randomly laid off because nobody in HR knows what they actually do and their most important functions are unrelated to the jobs they were hired for.

T Town · March 24, 2022 at 12:26 pm

I have probably said something similar to at least half of the items on that list to my own kids at some point. I know I have told them “life isn’t fair, get over it” quite a bit. BTW, they are all grown now, out on their own, and doing well.
The problem with too many of today’s young adults, is that they were never told any of the things on that list, and it shows in how they are unable to cope in real life.

Paulb · March 24, 2022 at 4:48 pm

I have to note that in my trade, we recruit two groups of prospective employees- kids who are freshly graduated from maritime academies (a 4 year college) and 18-year olds from rural areas of the Mid-Atlantic and southern US.

The college grads are the problem children. Dicking around with their phone, resistance to on-the-job training and criticism, etc. The redneck kids are easier to train and while it may take longer to prepare them to advance to middle management, once there they tend to outperform the college-educated kids.

We don’t recruit urban or suburban kids or anyone from the Northeast or West Coast, although we have operations there. Not worth the time spent on them. They’re the shits who this article was written about.

Laughs In Masculinity · March 24, 2022 at 5:47 pm

Read the excellent the future is male or not at all at by Max Denken, it is up now at WRSA.
Soft weak and queefy is no way to go through life.
A whiny safety and security obsessed society of bitter Karens won’t end well.
External infiltrators will correct this if we do not.

greggBC · March 25, 2022 at 10:30 am

I thought from the headline that it would be workplace rules. Such as show up on time. Stay the whole shift. Leave your cell phone turned off while on the timeclock. Be polite to customers, they pay your wage.

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