Maybe every generation thinks the younger generation have it easier than they did and should toughen up, get on with it , and stop moaning. It’s like grand parents telling their grand children how lucky they are because in their day…….Clearly if board members or senior managers express such views to staff then they can expect calls for their resignation. Which is what happened to the chair of KPMG who subsequently resigned. But for every senior manager or board member who makes inappropriate comments in public how many express similar views behind closed doors?
So why does the board adopt progressive employment and recruitment policies if they hold these views? Board members want to be good employers. Like members of their senior management team they believe that staff should be treated fairly and feel valued and if they are they are more likely to preform better and stay longer.
They are also aware that the workplace needs to recognise and reflect what’s happening in the wider world. It’s not just the younger generation who are concerned about women’s rights, Black Lives Matter or climate change. However they see no contradiction in being a good employer and thinking that younger staff are, “moaners”. In the same way that these staff recognise why the organisation they work in features in lists of the best places to work yet falls short of what they expect.