On the wall next to the credit union teller was a “certificate of completion” for a recently attended training.
It got me thinking what the teller is now capable of doing that she wasn’t capable of before.
I should have asked.
I would have asked had I saw this news story about a veteran National Football League linebacker, James Harrison, who is returning trophies presented to his two sons, six and eight years old, because they were “participation trophies.”
Harrison said, “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them til [sic] the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy,” Harrison exclaimed.
Like this professional athlete’s sons I began to wonder whether this teller, and the millions of other employees, who sit through corporate training programs and have really earned that certificate?
Did they had to demonstrate any new competency with what they learned, or did they simply have to sit for the required hours to “earn” their “certificate of completion?”
Does an increase in salary come with that certificate?
With all the complaints about the entitlement mentality and a lack of workplace performance etiquette of some in the younger generation in the workforce, Harrison’s parenting approach should be welcomed.
Again, today, I heard a business owner complain about a “millenial’s” model of the world when it comes to behavior in the workplace.
Among business owners’ most regular complaints is the “entitlement mentality” some employees bring to the workplace, expecting the annual raise for just “showing up.”
Maybe a good start would be to begin teaching our youth that just showing up isn’t worthy of a trophy, and sometimes even your best effort won’t get you a one, either.
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