Last week we celebrated Thanksgiving, but it seems that Christmas is already upon us. Our little town of Lakeland held it’s annual Christmas parade last night and Santa’s entrance reminded me that Christmas is just around the corner. Although the season brings with it a multitude of things to do, it also ushers in an atmosphere of excitement, joy, gratitude, and generosity, like no other time of the year. On Fridays, I usually focus on issues related to the future. Today I considered writing about the response of the greeting card industry to the downward slope of sales due to the lack of appeal to Millennials. But instead, in response to the sights and sounds of Christmas pressing in around me, I’m going to join Scrooge and consider Christmas Present.
In the classic tale, ‘A Christmas Carol,’ Scrooge is taken by three ghosts on a journey of his past, present and tentative future Christmases in a successful effort to bring about a transformation in his character. During his time with the ghost of Christmas Present, his perspective is broadened as he witnesses the Christmas celebrations of his employee and his nephew. I do not intend to take you on that kind of journey, but I do believe it would benefit us all to take time to consider the value of those with whom we most closely associate.
In reference to the use of new technology and ‘the cloud’, unorthodox methods of communication or procedure, and requests for unprecedented venues or work hours, any executive may respond in a more ‘Scrooge-like’ manner. Nevertheless, the workplace is changing rapidly as are the methods of doing business – and at the forefront of the change are the Millennials.
In a recent article, ‘Millennials are not Fruitcake,’ the XYZ University staff writer tells us that, although Millennials are not like the traditional and somewhat inedible Christmas confection, they do bring ‘gifts’ to the workforce and workplace. Phil Dell points out that because Millennials have grown up with technology, they instinctively use it to get things done. What might have been deemed untraditional or unprofessional in regard to processes and methodology, is becoming commonplace. Embracing the innovative and enthusiastic nature of these young professionals and appreciating their skills will truly result in many happy returns.
Relationships and a natural integration of work and personal life have always been a challenge for full-time employees, and often sacrifices were required and expected. These values are meaningful to Millennials and respecting them will bring about the best possible outcome in your workplace as well as on your bottom line.
To truly celebrate the holiday season well, we ought to take the lessons learned by Ebenezer Scrooge to heart and recognize the worth of those around us. Merry Christmas!
Scrooge was better than his word. He did it all, and infinitely more; and to Tiny Tim, who did not die, he was a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man, as the good old city knew, or any other good old city, town, or borough, in the good old world. Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him…and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!
“DREAMS ARE WHAT LE CINEMA IS FOR…” : SCROOGE 1970. N.p., 27 July 2013. Web. 04 Dec. 2015. <http://lecinemadreams.blogspot.com/2013/07/scrooge-1970.html>.
Dell, Phil. “Part One Millennials Arent Fruitcake.docx.” Google Docs. XYZ University, n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2015. <https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B65KhrCPEpdiVHhpcGpielFhVWc/view>.