Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022

Generational Viewpoint

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

Accounting Today published an interesting article recently titled, “Generational Viewpoints: Time for change.”

It features two professionals from Barnes Dennig, a 160-person firm in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is a firm I have admired for many years. One viewpoint was from a baby boomer and the other viewpoint is from a millennial.

Today, I want to share just one paragraph from the millennial’s viewpoint. It follows. I hope you read the entire article.

From my point of view, we always feel like we’re on the job. As great as technology is, it’s a double-edged sword because it’s impossible to get away from it. Nobody feels that more than us. As a generation who grew up with unlimited access to technology and integration, it’s hard for us to compartmentalize aspects of our lives. We don’t leave work at work and work never leaves us. From my experience, millennials, especially in the public accounting industry, are ultracompetitive. Even though we try to log off at 5 p.m. or take time off, we are constantly checking and responding to emails because we want to impress someone or everyone. To an extent, we do understand this could be of our own doing, but nothing will change until the culture of being 100% accessible changes.

  • "Life seems but a quick succession of busy nothings."
  • Jane Austen

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