While the word "mold" can sound rigid, I don't view it that way. As a boss I need to make sure I'm getting the best qualities out of every member of any team I happen to have working under me. I'm looking to make them a better person overall. It's big task, but when you manage to whittle down on their negative qualities, only the positive ones shine through. It's amazing how much better things function. Teamwork starts to happen organically, everyone has a positive attitude most of the time, productivity is up without the need to overwork them.
By the way, when you say things like,
Of course. While you're at it, why don't you tell me the story of your divorce. I'm sure your version is the gospel truth, and your ex-wife's is a bunch of twisted lies.
I'm just going to tell you to fuck off in the future. You aren't even trying to have a conversation. You'd rather rally against an idea with some negative preconceived notions.
Hey, thanks for ignoring the part where I said:
Furthermore, when you do try to work with them to make things better, it's met with resistance. I see this more with the older crowd than I do the younger crowd.
I've seen all types of people. From my experience the older crowd can be the hardest to work with. It's not that I'm inflexible, it's that they are. I can't work with you if you resist me every step of the way and can't be constructive about it. I have literally had people from the older crowd yell at the top of their lungs to me so everyone can here, "I will fight you on this!", all because I was trying to make positive changes to their existing documentation we have in place using what knowledge that person had.
Granted this is anecdotal evidence and could be more of a sign of our interviewing and hiring practices, but I often find for skilled positions the younger workers tend to typically be the better choice.
More often than not, the older works have the jargon, have the theory, and can talk your ear off about all day long. When it comes down to being motivated enough to apply it, they either can't or just don't care. Furthermore, when you do try to work with them to make things better, it's met with resistance. I see this more with the older crowd than I do the younger crowd.
The younger crowd tends to know nothing, but are typically willing to learn. If you're willing to learn, I will teach you and mold you.
I think the sweet spot are the experienced workers who haven't hit the burn out stage yet. Now that I think about it, this is probably what has happened with the older crowd - they are burned out. They need the money to survive, but previous jobs have all but crushed them.
Non-skilled positions? Don't bother going for the young guys. They get bored easily and want to goof off all day. Older people who take these jobs need the money, understand the value of hard work, and typically are willing to learn.
We do sometimes find people of each generation who don't fit what we normally see. It's rare, but it happens.
That can be dangerous for you. Many of your colleagues might not be trustworthy and will tell their boss what is going on before you have a chance to say anything. I know this from first hand experience, as I run a team and there's always one guy everyone talks to, but he's a total tattle-tale. It doesn't matter what anyone tells him, it will be repeated to EVERYONE.
Be careful which colleagues you tell. Word of mouth can travel quickly.
I was going to use my mod points in this thread, but I tire of seeing people like you complain about the moderation.
Look, mod points are supposed to be used to bring about conversation to the top, whether you agree with it or not. If you see a comment that is, or has sparked debate, moderate it to the top so discussion can continue. That is the whole point. The fact that you don't know this means that you more than likely have never gotten mod points. Every time you get them, it gives you a link to the guidelines.
So the fact that something is moderated to 5 doesn't mean anything other than a few people thought the comment deserved to be promoted to the top to encourage more discussion.
you kind of have been able to do with the iPhone already,
I hope you see the issue there. People don't like having to jump through any hoops when they know there's an easier alternative.