Vox Day is happy to see the Boomers exit but others aren’t. I read an article the other day about how Boomers are retiring and they’re taking their competence and work ethic with them. They’re being replaced by spoiled brats who have been given participation trophies and told just how smart they are. How’s that working out?
I worked for IBM for 31.5 years. Most of the people I worked with were Boomers and by and large were hard workers.
In 1985, I became an instructor. It was a position that was exempt from overtime. If it took me 50 hours in a week to do the job I got paid the same. The rest of my career, I was in that position. I worked a lot of 60 hour weeks. I was not the only one. Are Millennials willing to do this? From what I hear, they’re not.
For part of my career, I worked two fulltime jobs. I was officially a programmer, but at the same time, I carried the course load of a fulltime instructor. Most of the people I worked with in education were also hard workers. They worked more than 40 hours a week. It was not uncommon for them to go into work on the weekends to get machine time.
My friend Phil, who was in software development in Poughkeepsie, often went into work on the weekend to get machine time. We did not get paid extra to do this.
Boomer work ethic. Boomer competence.
My last six years I was finally able to quit teaching and become a fulltime systems programmer. I still put in a few 60 hour weeks.
Shortly before I retired, our network guy called it quits. The guy who was supposed to take his place was incompetent and since I had learned a lot of network stuff, I became the network guy. By this time, I had become really well organized and was cycling down, especially, since my CDSM©, who hated me, had lowered my appraisal rating.
Remember, we got paid the same whether we worked 50 hours or 30 hours, so I started working 30 hours. I was still able to get most of my work done. I just didn’t do extra stuff like I used to.
Funny thing happened after I retired. The dude they hired to replace me, who was a contractor paid by the hour, couldn’t do in 40 hours what I did in 30. In fact, they had to drop one of my projects, software currency, which was the main reason I was hired away from the hardware side, because no one had time to do it. A year later, my CDSM© wanted to hire me back as a contractor. Nope. A year after that he tried again. Nope.
I never tire of telling this story as my sister can attest.
The point is I was a very competent Boomer. I worked hard to learn my trade as an MVS (now z/OS) and a VM (now z/VM) systems programmer with VTAM, SNA/SNI, and TCP/IP thrown in. Most of this was self taught.
I am one of millions of Boomers. Yeah, the political Boomer politicians suck and have fucked this country royally, but us worker bee Boomers have kept the country going. Now we’re retiring and things are falling apart. The Boomer work ethic and competence are going away. On top of that we have Diversity (All Hail Diversity!), Inclusion, and Equity (DIE) and things are going downhill fast.