Anger Translator Responses to “Millennials: Five Business Etiquette Tips You All Need to Know”

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I read Millennials: Five Business Etiquette Tips You All Need to Know by Arden Clise and was provoked. Talking down to any group of which you are not a member, as if that group was monolithic and comprised of members who offend everyone in your group, promotes division between the groups and furthers all the wrongs of stereotyping. In fact, the article speaks to anyone who finds Millennials threatening, giving them more reason to not like and not trust Millennials.

The purpose of this post is to promote thought and discussion as to why any group we are not in, “those other people,” can be so threatening. My hope is to help us overcome the harms that stereotyping can cause.

To spark discussion about this fear of “the other” – in this case Millennials – I have created an Anger Translator for Arden Clise. I did not contact her and claim no ability to read her mind. To be fair, I have also created an Anger Translator for Millennials, for which I am equally unqualified. Here is how they read and react to her five points:

  1. Be More Formal with Your Technology Tools – Anger Translator: Put down the damn cell phone when I’m talking to you! And don’t smirk when I can’t figure out how to do something on my computer, that makes me so mad!

Millennials Anger Translator: You’re a hypocrite! You want me to show you how to install software updates and show you how to use every new app you get. So why tell me I can’t have my technology? Oh, I get it. You’re afraid everyone will realize that you haven’t a clue about what you are doing. Well punishing me, hoping to keep me from replacing you, just isn’t fair! I don’t want to replace you – I don’t want to be you!

  1. Be Punctual – Anger Translator: I don’t like wasting my time talking to you. So, if you are late, that really pisses me off!

Millennials Anger Translator: I see you squirming in your chair, checking your antique wrist watch, as if you have something better to do than talk to me. If you hate being with me, why do we have these meetings?

  1. Be Respectful of People with More Authority – Anger Translator: I worked years to get here, I’m your boss and you better listen to me or else!

Millennials Anger Translator: Your generation is wasting earth’s resources and polluting it, all in the name of corporate profit. Where am I supposed to live and raise a family? And your generation brought on the Great Recession by letting Wall Street hand out crazy mortgages, loaning 125% of assessed home values as if those values could only go up. Are you kidding? Do you really expect me to respect you after you screwed up on a massive scale? Dream on.

  1. Share Your Opinion but Be Humble – Anger Translator: You think you know it all, but you don’t. I have years of experience. I know you want my job and I’m going to make you fight for it!

Millennials Anger Translator: You ask me for input but then you hardly listen. You treat me like a child and show me no respect. I have a lot to offer, but you don’t even listen! They won’t need me to replace you; you’re just unnecessary!

  1. Dress Professionally – Anger Translator: I had to wear high heels and a skirt knowing men were checking me out all the time. They had to wear a suit and tie every day, dying in the heat. As if any of this made us think differently. I want you to suffer too!

Millennials Anger Translator: You are so busy protecting your turf that you don’t even try to understand my generation that is struggling to overcome all the fallout from the Great Recession, while being saddled with huge student loan debt. You just want to push me down, put me in my place, which is any place far from you. You don’t really care about what I wear because you hate having to wear a uniform too. You’re being so unfair! How can I ever trust you when your motives are so petty?

Okay, you two! Enough! Shouting at each other, trying to drown out the other side, isn’t going anywhere.


So what of the Etiquette Tips?

Good question. The “Five Business Etiquette Tips” could be a basis for good discourse, if both sides listen and try to understand each other. In the end, most of us just want others to respect us for who we are.


Steven A. Branson, Esq., is the founder of wokemoney.com, a website devoted to empowering people as their own money manager launching later this year.  For nearly 30 years, Branson has been creating financial plans for individuals and families of all ages, coaching them on a personalized path to achieve their financial goals.  Branson has a law degree from Harvard Law School and is known for his financial articles geared toward young people.  In his spare time, he is a musician, a graduate of Berklee College of Music who leads his own jazz band, playing tenor sax, and a photographer, who contributes to 500PX.  Branson’s writing and financial tips can be seen at our blog at www.millennials-money.com and IRIS.xyz.

 

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