Friday, 19 December 2014

More Youth Rants

There are some young people in Hong Kong who are working hard to try to get ahead somehow in the ever-increasing rat race for low pay and fewer benefits.

But it's at least it's an attempt at an honest living... which is why they were out on the streets for 79 days.

And then there are those who think they are entitled to good salaries despite not having paid their dues.

I heard of one young man who worked in communications and would have to attend work-related functions in the evening and so he thought he was entitled to come into work late the next morning; this also applied to when he played badminton in the evenings on his own time.

And then in another job he called the office to say he was late because he fell down the stairs, but when he arrived, he didn't have much trouble walking. A week later he claimed to be delayed because his grandmother fell down the stairs too -- he really did say that.

In the four months since he's had this latest job he's had six "sick days" or incidents related to family emergencies. A bit excessive, no?

In his almost three years of working after graduation he's had at least four jobs, barely able to stay in one job for at least a year.

And then there is another story, involving a student studying his Masters in communications and interning at a hotel.

He was supposed to work there for three months and because it's Christmas, he was assigned to prepare the labels on the hampers to be distributed to the various journalists who have covered the hotel in the past year.

However, he did not complete the task properly and had to stay behind -- along with his boss and her subordinate -- past dinnertime.

At around 9pm, his mother called and then he duly passed the phone to his supervisor. The mother angrily asked why her son was not allowed to go home as everyone was waiting for him at the dinner table.

Was it because it was someone's birthday? His grandmother? Father? Or a specific special occasion?

No, it was the usual family dinner.

The boss explained her son had not completed the task properly and so he had to stay behind to finish it.

But the mother would not have any of it and demanded her son be dismissed from his work duties. What kind of hotel is this, forcing her son to stay at work so late?

She allowed the student to go home, but that meant she and her subordinate had to finish the work he couldn't complete and they stayed behind even later.

The next day the young man came back and said he would not intern a the hotel anymore. The supervisor asked if this was his decision or his mother's. He shyly answered it was half-half.

These are only two examples, but they give an indication of what some young people in Hong Kong are like. Ones who feel entitled or have parents sheltering them will not succeed in life despite their supposed advantages.

It is disappointing and frightening to know this is what the next generation will be like. How will they ever learn? One is just waiting to be fired or find another job before he gets shafted, the other hiding behind his mummy because he can't do things efficiently and properly, or thinks that someone studying for his Masters should not have to print out labels.

Every job has mundane aspects to it, and regardless they must be completed properly and efficiently.

Those who think they can avoid these necessary steps will have an even harder road to success...

1 comment:

  1. These are what I called prince or princesses...doesn't have much gut...these princes are princesses are found common in HK and China. Due to the One-Child Policy of Mao, the high cost of living in HK and traditional coddling of the child, these prince and princesses now join the workforce and becoming a joke.

    These princes and princesses are another by-product of the poor quality education system in HK and China due to lack of liberal studies AND mother-tongue learning curse in addition to typical Confusian-style of memorizing and regurgitation instead learning the material.

    Until someone 'scrubbed' him/her hard, they won't learn...I have personally seen those from China cried themselves out in first year in graduate school..These HK/Chinese princes and princesses haven't grown up...they just lack of the maturity.

    Given the current state of affairs and national education gradually replacing liberal studies, it is unlikely Chinese society in HK/China will succeed.