Just a personal observation
The perspective point here is a 66YO with 9 years Navy service including combat in Vietnam, a couple of decades in IBM maintenance services, a handful of years as a software developer and over a decade in automotive retail.
Actually I am offended by it
From the beginning
I am going to convey to you a recent personal experience. Just a few days ago my part-time employer introduced a new employee training program. After being asked to go online to check it out I did. My initial expectation was a redesigned format which might be a bit better to navigate.
The Chucky Cheese of Corporate Training
On the initial opening of the program I was greeted by a set of videos from corporate execs touting this revolutionary new program. No biggie. To be expected. All was well and good until … the words “games” and “points that could be redeemed” got injected! Oh! My!
Once I sat through that series of video offering I thought to myself “How bad can this be?” Then I logged in. I was met by a page of cartoony anime-styled characters and was prompted to choose one for mine. Oh! This doesn’t look good! I reluctantly picked one and proceeded. From that point on I had this large cartoon character watching and waving at me from the upper corners of the screen. This is bad! Reluctantly I worked my way through a module. At the end I was greeted with a colorful tote board complete with my points earned. This is really bad!
The Dumbing Down of Corporate America
If you haven’t noticed we are all aging. And the next generations are well on their way to populating our business enterprises. And as those of us that were instrumental in building and running successful companies are retiring and in turn, exiting many fields. That leaves a wide variety of positions that need to be filled. Unfortunately the ill-prepared entry-level candidates highly outnumber the qualified ones. IMHO there are not many good takers. The latest generations while they talk a good game they for the most part can’t , how can I say this nicely?, “Can’t find their way out of a wet paper bag!”.
This is evidenced each and every day as we go about our daily tasks. We see the results all around us and can only shake our heads, look to the sky and go on our ways. It is further substantiated by numerous studies into the phenomenon of the millennials dysfunction. Between their social inadequacies accentuated by their zombification by electronic devices, and their education using downgraded standards to placate an “everybody wins” environment. Followed by a liberal arts degree from some goofy college.
What this means for businesses with a “long range” survival plan must come up with some way to get their attention while they try to educate them on the technical and finer points needed to make the business work. In this case I believe that this was the agreed upon method to accomplish that. Make it a video game! Oh! Dear!
If this is the future of the business I am really being pushed to the limits of tolerance and if pushed far enough I may have to take some course of action to keep my head from exploding. This is insane! Sadly I have had some close interactions with this next generation and it really does make my head hurt.
So I guess Chucky Cheese it is!
But I don’t have to like it
Apparently it is the dumbing-down to the lowest common denominator in order to “engage” the latest generation of employee candidates. Why do we have to “engage” them at all? What happened to a work model that sad you had to be qualified to get a position? Why should corporate America “settle” for these questionable candidates that don’t have what we would now call prerequisits. And in the auto parts industry which is highly technical and touts that it aims to get you the right parts the first time is now relying on cartooney training to educate these new generation employees. And a heavily orchestrated software sytem to gather the needed info and spit out the needed parts for these same company educated employees.
I know that the millenial tag is considered a negative one by some. And there are studies out there that claim millenials are the best generation so far. Others claim that they are not. I will make my own decision. What ever! My experience with them in the retail environment is a questionable one at best. But it is mine.
So you make your own decisions.