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Millennials: lazy or simply different priorities? I personally find nothing wrong with a generational culture that encourages work-life balance.

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@PwC1: Agreed. I have every sympathy for leaving for family reasons, even during busy. My problem is really with the kid who texts and shops on Amazon until 3pm, then peaces out and leaves his/her garbage work for the rest of the team to clean up (at the expense of everyone else's "work-life balance"). Nobody's arguing that solid performers should have to sacrifice their lives for this job; but I am saying that less-than-solid candidates (often millennials) tend to want the benefits of the former without performing like one.

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and as well you should ... but we work in a client service business so if there's a deadline sometimes you need to work around that... maybe that means going to the gym and login back online after. But it also means having meaningful conversations with your managers or partners so that they in turn can have straightforward conversations with the client and set expectations for reasonable deadlines. If we simply take bullshit deadlines and except them then there are going to be bullshit hours. But again your argument needs to be solid when discussing level of effort and expected time to complete

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let's be clear.. work life balance is fair and encouraged ... feeling entitled to shit you haven't earned just because you have a pulse is bullshit

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How about you prove to your team that you're a capable and talented professional that can be trusted to execute their work to a degree that meets the required quality level by the mutually agreed upon deadline without being babysat? is that so much to ask for?

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My experience is that there's a large group of millennials who think that they are above work, and that they therefore shouldn't have to do it (the whole work-life balance thing is a red herring... The ones crying work-life balance are also the ones who've never been particularly impressive to begin with) - at least, that's the sense of entitlement that I've noticed.

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Just because something has been done a certain way forever, doesn't mean it's the right way.

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Pwc1 I completely agree. I do think that "family time" is more widely accepted in the professional world than other life activities, which isn't really fair for the single crowd. Yes, my manager wants to go spend time with her kids and husband (understandably so), but I'd also like to be able to go to the gym or spend time with my friends.

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This shit isn't suppose to be fun or enjoyable. If you're in public accounting you should know what you signed up for. This is a fast paced, work hard, play hard environment. It's obvious to tell which staff came into the job looking to work their ass off and learn as much as they can and the staff that came for some dreamy "work-life" balance.

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🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻

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@EY 2 and senior OP if you both think that work life balance is all about spending time with family I think you've missed the entire point... what people don't have much family nearby they can spend time with? Are they destined to be punished and spend more time at the office? what if what's important to them is getting home early enough to cook a fresh meal or make it to yoga or he'll watch a sports game and pound a beer? all those options need to be treated equally

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Can't we all just figure out a better metric then billable hours and budgets? Seriously is there anything else out there to measure performance then this made up shit? Biggest pet peeve of public accounting

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PwC 1, I couldn't agree more! Lazy ass know it alls for the most part!

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@EY2: All (or even most) millennials are using that time to be with family?

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Damn PWC your millennials must really have a bad rep. I don't share the same sentiment about my staff.

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What exactly need to be earned? Time with family?

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I agree with EY2. Does time with family need to be earned? Do I need to work 80+ hours a week to be "entitled" to respect in the workplace?

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Not about right or wrong way, about doing your job. This isn't high school or college...nobody gives a damn who you banged or how drunk you got...pay attention to what you are doing and learn something instead of running your mouth and dicking around all day.

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@PwC1 🙌🏻 preach. I am so sick of these new kids whining about work. It's your job, do it.

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I find all of these blanket statements about millennials offensive. Sounds like you just did a shitty job hiring your associates.

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Anyone else's "millennials" tell you that they feel like they have learned everything there is to know in your particular field? Had a senior1 tell me that they felt like they had learned everything there was to learn about taxes

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