First, Interesting topic op.
I think McCain is half right and half wrong.
Depends on how you view work ethics.
Do you include working a lot of hours or do you judge it by being responsible, showing up on time for work, putting in a hard day work for a hard day
pay, dressing appropriately, accepting authority, etc. etc..?
Here is one article that says work ethics is not the problem
The failure here isn't in the work ethic of Americans. Rather, it lies with the CEOs, business owners, university and hospital administrators,
and government officials—and ultimately, with all of us who benefit from cheap labor
Here is an article that says work ethics is part of the problem
Management experts predict that many companies will have a difficult time retaining young workers as the baby boomers retire," Camardese told
the audience. The traditional corporate policies and management style in the U.S. "conflict with the lifestyle of younger workers."
On a personal note, I worked at a unionized papermill for 5 years. I honestly worked for 15 minutes out of every hour and got paid $20 an hour for it.
45 minutes out of every hour was spent BSing with the other workers, reading newspaper, sleeping, or talking on the phone. The only reason I worked
overtime was because it was easy money. Included was an excellent health care and retirement plan. I always felt I was being overpaid but I ain't no
fool- I never complained. Life was too good.
Unfortunately my easy job ended when the company shut down. It couldn't compete with foreign competition where labor is cheaper and environmental
laws are laxer. This company was the highest paying manufacturer in our area and it hurt the community when it closed. I saw a lot of guys who had
been there for more years than I who earned almost double what I earned resort to working at local stores and restaurants. Talk about a severe cut in
pay. This illustrated to me that some Americans do have a strong work ethic and will take lower paying jobs if push come to shove.
However now I work as a GED teacher (with less pay) and also help my students find jobs. The majority of my students never get their GED because they
have a poor work ethic when it comes to studying. Many are unwilling to listen, don't show up as required, very disrespectful, and point blank-don't
care. When I try to find them jobs, most refuse to work at the places that are hiring such as McDonald's, Wal-Mart, chicken factory($10 an hour plus
benefits), and other businesses that pay decent wages for our area. When I ask him why not, they say they want an easy job that pays a lot of money. I
tell them if that is what they want they need to get a good education. My advice usually falls on death ears.
What I am saying is that this younger generation (not all) are different from mine. That doesn't mean it is a bad thing, but they are different. Not
only do I see this at work but I also see it in the community when I go shopping, out to eat at a restaurant, or any other similar setting. The
service is bad for the most part due to a lack of work ethics. Sometimes I just point blank get ignored while they are busy talking on their personal
cell phone on company time.
Has anybody else noticed this about the younger generation?