We talked about how stupid that was, and how a lot of progressive companies are reaping the benefits of allowing virtual workers. Morale is improved, which leads to reduced turnover, plus they can save a mint in commercial real estate and associated costs.
"Sure, it makes total sense," my friend said, "but I'll have to wait for my boss to die off before that will happen."
He's right; the younger generation of workers behind him will think differently. Hmmm.
Then earlier this week, I responded to a Facebook post by HLN talk show host Joy Behar asking for viewer opinions on the "Sister Wives" reality TV show and whether polygamy should be legal if it's part of a person's religion. Another comment from a young guy got my attention:
If this A-hole is ever legally able to marry all those skanks before they legalize gay marriage, I`m moving to Canada.I sent him a private message saying yeah, no shit, but let's move somewhere warmer than Canada. He replied,
I hate the cold too, but I`d rather freeze my ass off than live in a country that would allow such biased civil liberty nonsense... I can`t wait til these people stuck in the 1800s die off and a new generation of leaders take over.That last sentence prompted me to recall the conversation I had with my friend about working at home. It's kind of funny how we're just waiting for all these people to die off so the world will be a better place. This is nothing new; think of all the people who would throw the N-word around--they've just about died off, right?
I've said a million times that you can't tell anybody anything. People basically talk to hear the sound of their own voices and once their minds are made up, there's no changing them. But I never realized that those minds may actually have to be buried in the ground before there is real social change.
Of course, my friend's boss could just retire.
Any thoughts? Is working at home a possibility for you? What types of thinkers are you waiting to die off?