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“Your Whole Generation Is So Out Of Touch”: Man Shares An Infuriating Story Of 10-Cent Raise
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“Your Whole Generation Is So Out Of Touch”: Man Shares An Infuriating Story Of 10-Cent Raise

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The saying goes that people don’t leave a company — they leave a boss. And the following story is a perfect explanation of why it’s so popular.

Recently, content creator Mary E Frost released a TikTok video talking about Boomers in managerial positions who appear to be out of touch with the current job market.

It immediately started gaining attention on the platform and was eventually stitched by business and finance expert Chris Gerbig, who described his own experience of entering the workforce 14 years ago and said he faced the same problem back then, too.

This raises all sorts of questions about the generational gap between employers and employees.

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This woman called out boomer bosses for not following the job market closely enough

“Your whole generation is so out of touch with what the going rate for everything is. How much are you paying these people? You’re just like, ‘Well, I start them out at 12 an hour,’ and I’m like, ‘Well, like $12 an hour is what I got paid as a lifeguard in high school in like 2001.'”

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Then, business and finance expert Chris Gerbig joined the discussion, sharing his own personal experience

“My first job when I graduated college with a finance degree, was a bank teller making $9. My take-home pay every two weeks after taxes and health insurance was less than $600. So I was bringing home $1,200 a month as a grown man with a college degree working full time in America. My boss was a boomer, she was probably 55 at the time, and this was 14 years ago. We’re sitting around one day talking in the lunchroom, and she says one of the employees is getting married and we should chip in for a present. She wanted all of us to chip in $30. I told her, ‘Sorry, I can’t do that. I can’t afford it.’ And she looked at me like she was blown away by my comment. She said, ‘How can you not afford $30?'”

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He broke down the numbers

“And I said, ‘Because I’m working full time at this bank and I’m making $18,000 a year.’ And she just kind of shrugged. But that $1,200 a month I was making had to pay for an apartment, car payment, student loan payments because I’d just graduated, health insurance… Gas at the time was $4 a gallon. This was 2008. I lived in Goodlettsville. And the bank I worked at was Bank of America in Bellamy. So I was commuting at least 20 miles each way and paying for $4-a-gallon gas. I had no money, I couldn’t afford this $30 wedding present”

Image credits: chris_gerbig

And the insulting “great news” his boss arrived with

“She comes to me a month later and says, ‘Chris, I have great news. Guess what? I’m giving you a raise.’ I get excited because I need a raise and I need more money. She says, ‘I bumped you up to $9.10 an hour.’ What? Yes, she found it in her heart to give me a 10-cent pay raise, which equated to about four bucks a week or $200 for the whole year. And the sad part was she had no idea how insulting that was.”

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Image credits: chris_gerbig

Gerbig’s video has since gone viral

@chris_gerbig #stitch with @maryefrost I’m still bitter about this. #boomer #bank #recession #2008 #2008recession #bofa #finance #financedegree #wages #payincrease #firstjob #teller #banktellerlife #bankteller ♬ Sunday – HNNY

The points that he raised reflect a broader context

Leadership expert Rasmus Hougaard also believes that bosses need to change their management style for younger generations if they want to keep their future employees engaged.

“What we’re seeing these days is a whole new population is joining the workforce, … [and they] are asking for more than just a pay cheque and an annual grade,” he said.

To determine what makes a good leader and what current employees are looking for, Hougaard teamed up with fellow leadership expert Jacqueline Carter, and they interviewed 250 “C-suite” executives from Microsoft, Google, Lego, and other big companies, and assessed 35,000 leaders from around the world based on more than 1,000 studies.

Image credits: August de Richelieu (not the actual photo)

Turns out, the things Mary E Frost and Chris Gerbig talked about in their videos are universal. “[Younger employees] are looking for more sense of happiness, more sense of connectedness, a stronger sense of meaning and contributing something positive to the world,” Hougaard explained, adding that “the kind of leadership that’s required for that is the kind of leadership that’s more approachable, more direct, more personable.”

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The researchers found that 77 percent of leaders thought they were doing a good job, but 88 percent of employees said their bosses didn’t engage enough.

So it’s probably not that millennials or Gen Z are entitled — it’s that they prioritize different things than the ones who came before them.

And inspired a heated discussion

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sugarshack avatar
Sugar Shack
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oy. This isn't boomer behavior as much it's just a**hole behavior.

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Powerful Katrinka
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are dead right. The last person who offered me a tiny raise was 30 years younger than me.

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Peggy Ventura
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is corporate BS.. not boomer . I work in healthcare with topically younger bosses who think I should be happy with a 6 cent raise. Well shite , gas went up more than that last hour. When this garbage happens it’s time for a new job. New hires get the better deals.

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Suzanne Olson
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Spot on! The first line manager is delivering news from above. Scrutiny on margins with declining revenue gives the perception that that’s all they have to give. The problem is at the top - and it’s a huge problem.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when inflation is at 3.24%, any pay "raise" of less than that is actually a pay cut

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Phyzzi
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! And that inflation is compound. You can't just give someone $0.50 an hour extra every year for a decade, and you can't expect workers to be excited for wages to match the cost of living. Of course, this does circle around: if people get paid more, things people do have to cost more, but also if your stuff costs more, it better be including paying the actual producers more and not just lining investor and management pockets. And hey, BP, talking to overpaid C-suites at Google or Microsoft isn't going to reflect on what workers actually want, anymore than interviewing a butcher will tell you what farm animals actually want.

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sugarshack avatar
Sugar Shack
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oy. This isn't boomer behavior as much it's just a**hole behavior.

alixpitcher avatar
Powerful Katrinka
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are dead right. The last person who offered me a tiny raise was 30 years younger than me.

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Peggy Ventura
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is corporate BS.. not boomer . I work in healthcare with topically younger bosses who think I should be happy with a 6 cent raise. Well shite , gas went up more than that last hour. When this garbage happens it’s time for a new job. New hires get the better deals.

suzanneolson avatar
Suzanne Olson
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Spot on! The first line manager is delivering news from above. Scrutiny on margins with declining revenue gives the perception that that’s all they have to give. The problem is at the top - and it’s a huge problem.

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bhanghai avatar
Prince of Darkness
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when inflation is at 3.24%, any pay "raise" of less than that is actually a pay cut

charlesbosse avatar
Phyzzi
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! And that inflation is compound. You can't just give someone $0.50 an hour extra every year for a decade, and you can't expect workers to be excited for wages to match the cost of living. Of course, this does circle around: if people get paid more, things people do have to cost more, but also if your stuff costs more, it better be including paying the actual producers more and not just lining investor and management pockets. And hey, BP, talking to overpaid C-suites at Google or Microsoft isn't going to reflect on what workers actually want, anymore than interviewing a butcher will tell you what farm animals actually want.

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