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“Can I leave early on Friday afternoons to go to Yoga?”

Millennials won't work long hours. They are the last ones to the office and the first ones to leave.

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Context

A recent survey from Deloitte found that Millennials aren’t willing to work longer hours and place a higher importance on “work-life balance” than career progression.[1]

The Argument

This clearly indicates that Millennials are lazy. They all talk about wanting to “make a difference” but none are willing to actually put the hours in to do so. An investment banker recruiter lamented upon actually hearing the words, “can I leave early on Friday afternoons to go to Yoga?” from a potential applicant, before they had even got the job.[2] Just 47% of Millennials say they would be willing to work overtime, compared to 59% of Baby Boomers. This sums up the Millennial work ethic. They work fewer hours and aren’t willing to put the time in at the office any more.[3]

Counter arguments

Millennials don’t subscribe to “its always been done that way” so that’s how it should be done. They look for shortcuts and more efficient ways of completing tasks. They embrace technology and shortcuts that increase productivity and make work more efficient.[4] Because of this, many millennials achieve more in a shorter period of time than many baby boomers that work longer hours and stay at the office later. They aren't being lazy, they are being more productive and maximising results in a shorter period of time. Also, Baby Boomers don’t see the true story. For them, work means putting in the time at the office. For Millennials, it means checking emails on weekends, firing off messages during the morning commute, and answering emails from your phone in the gym, whatever time they come in, day or night.[5] Millennials don’t ‘go to work’ they just ‘work’. Because technology is so entrenched in their home lives as well as their work lives, they don’t have such a rigorous divide between the two.[6] In this respect, just because Millennials aren’t in the office doesn’t make them lazy. They are workaholics, but work doesn’t mean sitting inside the office.

Premises

[P1] Millennials work fewer hours than other generations. [P2] This is because millennials are lazy.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] It isn't because millennials are lazy, its because they are more productive and do more work outside the office.

References

  1. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/global/Documents/About-Deloitte/gx-millenial-survey-2016-exec-summary.pdf
  2. https://www.ft.com/content/78c5cebe-111b-11e8-940e-08320fc2a277
  3. http://www.monitoringthefuture.org/
  4. https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2016/12/19/millennials-aren-lazy-they-workaholics/3ZD86pLBYg954qUEYa3SUJ/story.html
  5. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/work/problem-millennials-workplace/

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