Attention Special Snowflakes: Work Sucks


The following was written by Elizabeth McLeod, “a millennial and cum laude graduate of Boston University”:

An Open Letter to Management:

You hired us thinking this one might be different; this one might be in it for the long haul. We’re six months in, giving everything we have, then suddenly, we drop a bomb on you. We’re quitting.

We know the stereotypes. Millennials never settle down. We’re drowning in debt for useless degrees. We refuse to put our phone away. We are addicted to lattes even at the expense of our water bill. Our bosses are not wrong about these perceptions. But, pointing to our sometimes irresponsible spending and fear of interpersonal commitment isn’t going to solve your problem. You still need us. We’re the ones who’ve mastered social media, who have the energy of a thousand suns, and who will knock back 5-dollar macchiatos until the job is done perfectly.


Don’t confuse culture with collateral. Yes, I am a cash-strapped millennial who really appreciates free lunch. But I don’t wake up at 6AM every day to play foosball in the break room. I’m not inspired to be more innovative over a Bacon Turkey Bravo.

I need to be surrounded by people who are on fire for what we’re doing. I need a manager who is motivated to push boundaries and think differently. Working in a cool office is really awesome. So is free lunch. But a purposeful culture is more important.


Treat me like a number? I’ll return the favor. This job will quickly become nothing more than my rent payment. I’ll start living for Friday and counting down the minutes until 5. After a few months of that, I’ll probably have a drunken epiphany and realize I want more out of my life than this.

Then I’ll prove your assumptions right. 8 months in, I’ll quit and leave. Or worse, I’ll quit and stay, just like Donna-Do-Nothing.

That’s not good for either of us. Here’s what you need to know:

I was raised to believe I could change the world. I’m desperate for you to show me that the work we do here matters, even just a little bit. I’ll make copies, I’ll fetch coffee, I’ll do the grunt work. But I’m not doing it to help you get a new Mercedes.

Well boo-fucking-hoo and don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. It must be horrible to know that you are a special snowflake who was “born to matter” and then realize you have somehow been cheated out of your destiny and are going to have to spend your days toiling at a “job” just like ordinary people.

No other generation in history has ever had to deal with shattered dreams and disillusionment. None of us had your totally awesome potential and unique specialness. If I was you I would drink heavily and feel sorry for myself.

PS: Lots of cheap meaningless “hook-up” sex with total strangers won’t leave you feeling fulfilled either.

(For a point-by-point rebuttal to this silliness check out Neal Dewing at The Federalist.)



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83 Responses to Attention Special Snowflakes: Work Sucks

  1. 1539days says:

    This isn’t a millennial problem. This girl is the daughter of a special snowflake and “leadership consultant” who apparently thinks that the world does not need ditch diggers. Quitting is a function of the ability to quit. When other jobs are available and your workplace sucks, you can quit more readily. If your parents let you chill in the basement, you can also quit. This applies to a “social media expert” or the kid who’s sick of the jerks at McDonald’s and sees Wendy’s is hiring.

  2. Dora says:

    Obama ’08 memo: Hillary ‘driven by politics, not conviction’

    The question is pretty simple for the four underdogs on the debate stage Tuesday night: How do you defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination … again?

    Thankfully for them, they seem to have gotten a hint hours before they take to the stage at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

  3. helenk3 says:

    Gee I think I grew up at the wrong time. I had to go to work at 18 to keep a roof over my head and food in my belly. I learned very early that it was what can I do for my employer to earn a paycheck. The more I learned and did, the sooner I got a raise.My personal life was not their problem it was mine.They expected me to do a good job for the money I was being paid.If I could or would not do the job i could be replaced very easily. If I did a good job I got a raise and respect and the idea of a future. As the song says ” some days were diamonds, some days were stone” . They would not want me working in the HR department today, I expect too much from the people I would hire.

    • leslie says:

      I guess if you would expect a day’s work for a day’s pay, you are right. I worked with a millennial who took a nap daily in her office and I was left to put out the “fires” for her patients. I wonder who’s doing that now that I’ve retired. . .

  4. Lulu says:

    “I was raised to believe I could change the world. I’m desperate for you to show me that the work we do here matters…”
    If she is too stupid to figure out how the work matters that is really not the employer’s problem nor responsibility. To make money, produce a service of value to others, etc should be obvious to an employee. If it isn’t the employee may have cognitive deficiencies. I really do not think some of the current crop of “millennials” fundamentally understand much of anything about organizations, society or macro-economics or it may be they incapable because of their narcissism. She went to Boston College and learned how to gaze at her navel. The college should be deeply ashamed for producing and spitting out such a twit.

    • Lulu says:

      And she has to prove her value to the organization not the other way around. You are a cog in the wheel until you prove you have something to offer other than being a self-centered ninny.

    • leslie says:

      Just think, She was raised by whatever came between us and them. And who taught her parents? How much of this millennial generation is a result of our own doing? (I don’t think much of it, personally.) I’m just asking……….

      • Kathy says:

        I think more of the responsibility is on us than I’d care to admit.

        • mcnorman says:

          I agree. We gave them more because we didn’t want them to struggle like we did. I started working for my father at age 12. I would collect payments for him. Reality check came early when one of those “I’m behind on my payments because…” sicked their German Sheppard on my leg. Still had to go to work the following weekend.

        • Somebody says:

          Now, now, now, many of the same things were said about the baby boomers. Seriously there are a TON of quotes from years gone by about the boomer generation that are used to punk boomers, because boomers assume the quotes are referring to millennials. Every generation complains about the next, it’s part of life.

          The issues in the work place are slightly different, but all in all not completely different. After all, out of our generation came “Take This Job and Shove It” and a host of other songs about frustration at work. I hope, hope, hope a millennial writes a song about having to train their H1B replacement! Where is this generations Ray Stevens? See what I mean, work issues the same in some ways and different in others.

          We were all young an idealistic once. Our saving grace is that outside of our immediate circle nobody ever heard our childish rantings. Technology has changed much of that, which is unfortunate for today’s youth. I will say most us matured earlier than this generation seems to be, but that too is a generalization. I know plenty of very mature millennials that came of age in Afghanistan and Iraq. Conversely I know some boomers that still haven’t grown up.

          • 49erDweet says:

            I know I’ll take heat for this, but as much as I reject special snowflake’s boo hoo hoo rant, she does have a point about managers who can’t manage their way out of a paper bag. Push, push, push eight hours a day, 6 days a week, isn’t managing. During my stint at DMV I worked as assistant mgr to the Region Manager. We had 27 office managers under us. After awhile I didn’t need to see their production records. Just walking into their offices and looking around told me how good or how bad they were at supervising. Businesses and gummint should hire better mgrs. Too many are dumb, stupid and brutal, and only hold on to their jobs bc their staff works ok in spite of them.

  5. helenk3 says:

    tell me again why anyone would want to live in Baltimore?
    too see what has happened to the city where the Star Spangled Banner was written is just sickening

    • dm says:

      Been on disability since January, so haven’t had to go into that hell hole since. Worked in an area plagued by crime…you know, the same area Dr. Carson had a gun put to him. I’ve been on the East Coast since the mid 80’s…Baltimore was never what I considered a desirable place to live, but it has gotten so much worse.

      • helenk3 says:

        I used to take my kids and then my grandkids to Baltimore to see the Aquarium and the kids museum and the inner harbor. You could not pay me to that my great grandsons there today.
        I wonder just how much the city has lost in revenue from tourism?

        • votermom says:

          We used to go see the Baltimore Aquarium too. The last trip was in the late 90s when my oldest one was a toddler – someone broke the window of our car in the parking lot. Which is why it was the last time.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      The cops cleaned them out about 3-4 am. I was having fun trolling their hashtag.

    • gram krakka says:

      Ah… Baltimore, one of my favorite cities – wonderful people, interesting neighborhoods with great ethnic food. I have fond memories of Gunnings for cracking crabs, Haussner’s (recreation featured in an episode of Mad Men) for wiener schnitzel, Vaccaro’s for macaroons and the little Italy neighborhood restaurants. The Inner Harbor, Aquarium, B&O Round House Train Museum, Lexington Market and Locust Point (close to Fort McHenry, scene of the 1814 Battle of Baltimore & inspiration for the “Star Spangled Banner”) are unique and wonderful places to visit. Since the late 70s I have frequently visited Baltimore to work and play. I have family and friends in the DC/Baltimore and Eastern Shore areas. My thoughts and prayers are with the good people of the city of Baltimore.

  6. Venus says:

    I was raised to believe I could change the world

    You were lied to.
    Now STFU and fetch me my coffee.

    • helenk3 says:

      love it.
      I could see some of the old time train dispatchers that i worked with telling her that

    • votermom says:

      A pernicious lie.
      Kids should be taught that finding meaning in life is personal.

      • Jadzia says:

        No kidding. Your job is NEVER gonna love you back! Work hard, do the best you can, be kind, but find your “meaning” elsewhere.

      • Underwhelmed says:

        They have been criminally infantilised. But I do think the special snowflake syndrome is self-limiting, and very darwinian. At the end of the day it’s still a jungle out there and they have zero skills for surviving it.

    • lyn says:

      😀 I was a contract employee for a federal agency, and I worked with two special snowflakes just out of college. Their supervisor made them set work goals each day. They didn’t like that, because “they were taught to shoot for the stars.” They went over the supervisor’s head, and he was transferred. I hope Karma bit them in the butt.

  7. helenk3 says:

    is this something the backtrack bunch forgot to mention?

    Iranian parliment rejected nuke deal , passes amended version

  8. helenk3 says:

    stolen from Rev Amy’s place
    this might be one part of the problem in this country today

  9. elliesmom says:

    In its own way, every generation changes the world. Individually, we may not. If an individual wants to be personally responsible for leaving the world a better place, there are lots of jobs she can choose. The business of business is to make money. If making money isn’t the main reason you get up and go to work everyday, then you can teach, become a social worker or a nurse, work with homeless people or the elderly. You could join the Peace Corps. The rub is very few of them pay very much. But I don’t think this young woman’s problem is she wants a job that matters to the world. I think she wants to start at the top of the heap. Not willing to start in the mailroom and work her way up. But even in a generation of special snowflakes, there are lots of young people who are. They’ll leave their shoe prints on her as they climb over her on their way to the top.

    • lyn says:

      When we couldn’t find jobs after college in Montana, we joined the Peace Corps and left training after three weeks. We went back to Montana, and I found a job within a few months. In Costa Rica, I caught a bad cold that lasted for three months; I started my new job with that cold.

  10. Anthony says:

    With that attitude, Elizabeth McLeod is never going to be a able to work more than 6-8 months at any job. I learned a long time ago, life doesn’t give you what you want or what you deserve. Life gives you what you negotiate. She should stop bitching (and quitting jobs), apply herself, prove herself then negotiate a new contract, wage, or whatever is there for her to negotiate based on her talent and efficacy

    • Jadzia says:

      My experience has been that it’s much easier to get a meaningful raise or promotion by leaving, so I don’t really see any shame in quitting (a job is never going to love you back, it’s a business transaction, and if you can do better elsewhere, then go!). But that view might be special to the legal profession, which for the most part lost interest in promoting from within a long time ago. (I guess I should really call it the legal “business,” because it stopped being a “profession” a long time ago, too.)

      • elliesmom says:

        After I had been teaching for just under ten years, I got a call from a school district looking for an experienced science teacher. They said they could offer to put me on the pay scale at the seven year mark because that was the highest starting point the district had. It would be a pay cut, but after three years I would be tenured again, and after five I’d be making slightly more than I would be making if I stayed where I was. I asked how long it would take me to make up for the money I would be losing in the five years I made less? When they didn’t see that was an issue, I suggested they needed an experienced math teacher, too.

        • Jadzia says:

          HA HA. In my experience (again, the REALLY unforgiving world of the law), employers want you to be critical, a perfectionist, believing nothing that comes out of anybody’s mouth, always looking at the bottom line… EXCEPT when it comes to what you’re getting from them. Then you’re supposed to be a meek little sheep who blindly accepts everything that she’s told and never questions anything.

      • Jeffhas says:

        I am in agreement with you Jadzia. I currently own my own business, but in any job (general business, purchasing, inventory management, sales, etc), the only time I took a ‘leap’ in salary was when I left for another job and negotiated a much better salary.

        Of course now I’m an ogre-boss who pays peanuts….

  11. Kathy says:

    just had to send this piece to my daughter, who now has a few snowflakes under her at work. the stories she tells me are unreal, but boil down to they really think they are awesome but literally do nothing and when something is done, it is horribly wrong.

  12. Myiq2xu says:

    • 49erDweet says:

      It’s more likely R’s are constantly amazed at the avarice of Dem voters and HRC supporters, and the level of corruption they comfortably wallow in to push their agendas.

  13. leslie says:

    I’ve never tried to do this… But I saw this on MOTUS and thought it might work here.

  14. Myiq2xu says:
  15. mothy67 says:

    I had a job at 12′ i bougt all my own clothes and sometimes my parents took my money because they needed it. Never strife. We did what had to be done. Eggs for dinner was common. Ibraked leaves, shoveled snow, picked corn, paper route, set up bowling pins. I never stopped working once I could. Late 70’s near Christmas I made 225 from my paper route. My parents took it. No crimethey spent it all on gifts. My grandmother’s fourth husband got a good bottle of scotch. He was my driver as a kid. No matter where I was I could always call Art and he came. Odd my parents abhore booze. Both lost people to the bottle. My grandmother my mom’s mom was a drop dead stunning woman that got drunk a lot. My peeps make babies very young. My mom was 15 when she had Jim yep my parents named is Jim and Tim. Anyhow Sharon was 14 when she became with child. My grandmother was in her twenties. When I went away to college my grandmother was younger than I am now. She seemed so old. Passive. She had been a tramp. Married over and over again.
    She was wild but her era or her parents broke her. I so know my spirit comes from her. She had a foul mouth. Cock sucker just flew from her lips. As a kid everyone had something to say about my tramp grandmother. We lived in a small town and kids were not allowed near me because my grandmother was a whore. I love my Nanny. I used to clean banks with her when i was a kid. She died very young from colon cancer. I was away at school. Woman gave me so much. My sister has that abusive bad boy love. Nothing you can do. We spent years and money. My sisterwould turn around and go back. Over and over again. I make light of tae kwon do but my grand niece is my sister’s grandchild. I never want her to hurt. I could not protect my sister but I will be damned if I let my baby girl suffer same fate. Anyhow my sister had her regularly scheduled epic meltdown with her junkie beau. Big fight cops. I was a teen. Everything took place so fast. Idiot shows up with his parents and cops crying saying my son needs his earing his I committed suicide brother left him. So fake. His brother did kill himself but he was at home. He was high and he took too much. He did not kill himself he O’d. They were yelling about his earring. My grandmother took out the hoover yelled you wanna find an earring her you go. I am reluctant to confess but I am so like her. Devestating blue eyes, dark wit, savage love for own kids, tramp. Yep I am spawn of that hag who taught me to be a maid. RIP mean lady. I l word.

  16. leslie says:

    I don’t know if it’s my computer, or Comcast, or what. But I’ve been having TONS of “issues” with internet lately. Now, TCH isn’t fully loaded and I don’t know if it’s me or WordPress or TCH.
    Is anyone else having problems?
    Oh, it’s also requiring me to sign in again, “follow” and take other assorted actions.

    • votermom says:

      No issues right now but when that kind of thing happens I usually clear my browser’s cache and cookies and then reboot. It will make you log in to all the sites again as you visit, so have your passwords handy, but it usually helps.

      • leslie says:

        thanks, vm. Been there; done that this morning. I can’t even *like* your comment as the black banner on the top of the page is missing and so are all the other links that usually appear at the top of the page. (Frankly I can’t bear calling Comcast to determine what is going on. I’ll just have to wing it for a while.)

        • votermom says:

          Oh last week I kept getting a “connection was reset” error on my laptop. After doing a bunch of things that didn’t help, I finally turned my router off and then on after 5 min. Seems to have fixed it (knock on wood)

        • 49erDweet says:

          Leslie, I never see a black banner at top with options like that on my pc.

      • leslie says:

        I just got my gravatar back… I think

  17. votermom says:

    When you show up to work in your undies and it’s cool

  18. mothy67 says:

    It’s a quarter after one I’m all alone and I need you now.
    Okay joking that is Lady Antebellum. Holey mother of god what was AHS Hotel. Brutal rape. I think I am open but that was harsh. I can deal with anything except San Fran. This episode was too much. I watched it three times. I wanted to see a metaphor between ass rape and heroin. I wanted to be wrong. I do not get it. The whole episode is vile. I am dimwitted. Maybe dumbest person ever to turn on a tv. I am that dumb. My shortcomings aside full on rape is extreme. I think this year they are trying to deal with addiction. I have lost friends to heroin. I can see the attempt but I feel angry. Generic. Heroin sucks. Just my take I think it is offensive.

    • votermom says:

      I’m not watching AHS — after Coven I said never again.
      I just finished marathoning Hemlock Grove – have you watched it?

      • mothy67 says:

        Yes. I have a crush on the mom of the gypsy. I am odd. I said it last night but I repeat Barbra Streisand Stony End kicks ass. New AHS had rape. Very hard to watch rape as oppossed to those ever so fun ones. Honestly I was apalled. I was shocked. I will watch more because I hope there is a theme about addiction. Guy is getting ass raped with a tool and a woman is saying tell me you love me. I grasp the addiction angle. So harsh. I have never watched anything so brutal. I think hotel iscgoing to be about abuse. Drug abuse. That stuff is not pretty ever. I just waw not ready to see rape. Brutal rape. I have lost friends to heroin. I turned away as they submitted to a drug that claimed lives. This episode of AHS is so extreme. A junkie is haunted then he gets ass raped while a woman is saying tell me you love me the pain will stop. I think I will need a few days to process it. I am confused. Was it porn or was there a message. Two days later I see message. Nothing in life is as scary as addiction. Sadly I have lost friends. I cannot get my arms around this episode. This show has violent rape but it made me think. I am a funny gay man. I do not think about some dangers. I was speechess after I watched that. I crawled into my baby girl’s room and said can Ihold your hand. I me asshole needed to be near. I double dog you t o watch. Votermom most.

  19. driguana says:

    We seem to have lost the notion of “hard work”. My youngest son’s father-in-law, A French baker, gets up at 3:00 every morning to bake. He said this recently about kids theses days: “They work but they don’t work hard. We work hard”.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      A boss once told me “Everybody wants a job. Most of them don’t want to work.”

      • driguana says:

        A job where you don’t have to work….my my….how come I never got one of those??

        • Jadzia says:

          I have a job like that! Okay, it’s not EXACTLY like that… but the way my job (teaching law) works here in France, they calculate my pay and then spread it out over the ten-month school year. Even though I am teaching 8 courses this semester (and so it’s an EXTREMELY BAD DEAL) and just 2 the next (so it’ll feel like a paid vacation). So I guess I should say that for a few months a year I have a job like that, and for the other part of the year I wake up every day going FML, FML, FML.

  20. Dora says:

    In an exclusive NBC News event, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump will answer questions from New Hampshire voters during a live town hall meeting moderated by TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Monday, October 26.

  21. helenk3 says:

    remember the dream job
    go to work at 9am
    1/2 hour break at 10am
    lunch from 11am to 1pm
    1/2 hour break at 2pm
    finish at 4pm
    get paid for 8 hours with overtime

    • Somebody says:

      There is no such thing as an 8 hour day any more, well maybe for a precious few. Nobody gets paid lunch time or breaks these days, except I think highway construction workers…….maybe it’s just me, but they seem to have a lot of breaks. I say that, maybe I don’t understand their work and when they’re standing around they are actually strategizing??????

  22. Myiq2xu says:
  23. mothy67 says:

    I still want votermom’s feedback on AHS. Face it she can be dark. I am half kidding. I like Spartacus which is soft core gay porn but I cannot watch Vikings. Too much violence.
    Beyond that I crave anothers take on the most violent episode of tv I have ever seen. I am very confused. I am filled with disgust after watching it three times. I just see porn. I am so confused there is real rape on tv. I beg all of you to watch. I think you are all so smart. I don’t mean you have degrees. I think all the regulas here have a Phd from that competitive school called hard knox.
    I hold you all in such esteem. Wish texas mom was still here. I loved her. A grandma a nurse in texas with a gun. Seriously I came close to being a lesbian because of her. What does one call a gay man with a crush on RN granny toing a piece? LGBTGGPLMNOGRSTUV?

    I have been here for years. Times I praise myself. I do deal with a kid. SHe is brat also my best friend. Over the years I have aired my annoyance with her. 9 years. Who has never talked shit on a best friend. I am almost 50 I treasure Carole King– my life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hues. Whatever some times life sucks. Deal. Think about it my baby girl was thrown away she gets a gay great uncle who had two open hearts and is a conservative. I fucking cry when I watch her at tea kwon do.. WHo gets where I am? Her dad called one time said he coukd not pick her up. I ran and then I carried her all the way home. Ever carry a child for miles. Not fun. I did what I had to do.

    I love my baby girl. WE got stuck together many years ago. She is my best friend. I wish her world was kind and sweet. Too bad she got me. Thrown away kid. I beseech how many thrown away kiids get a great gay uncle. Of those disposable kids how many uncles go nuts about college. I am lucky. I get to care. I so want to know what votermom thought of AHS. I am a fhag taking care of a kid. I waa speechless I’d love to know what you thought.

  24. mothy67 says:

    I have been reading this place for years. I have serious issues with my dear friend vodka. Never have I hurt my baby girl. I would never touch a drop around her. I love being drunk. Coma is swell. I thought drinking alone was fine. I hurt no one. I am alone. I got so fucked I had planned out my demise supposed to be a secret my little brother called me and said don’t die. Asshole I had worked it all out. Now I have to go to rehab. I had a plan that hurt no one. Now I have to do 12 steps. Ugh. Be not alarmed as much as I may crave suicide I will never hurt my family. Not an option. I will go to rehab again will talk to someone who got a degree off a cracker box. When I was 3 all the wires in my chest broke free. Not a nice feeling. It hurt really bad but what I was most afraid of was hurting my mom and dad. I was so young a little boy eating aspirin with wires jutting from his chest. I remember sitting in the corner of my room just trying to breath. Maybe it makes no sense but AHS awful rape scene brought it back. I threw up. I know myself. I am not an Alice Miller 1994 victim of child rape. Fuck my nose just started running. Who on gods green earth would rape me.

  25. Falstaff says:

    I think this special snowflake is ready for disability. The stress is clearly too much, so she should cash in on the great disability gravy train.

  26. mothy67 says:

    Fuck help i did not mean to post. I am bat shit crazy. Sometimes i talk to you people when i just really want it to stay in my head. You peeps are smart. I like talking to you in my head. Where I want to leave it. I a m only half stupid. I know what it means to thtow up watching a rape. Sucks. Easier to ask votermom than admit that was me. I never made a choice to ignore what that bad m an did to me. I hid it because I was under 9. So sad i was raped but I protected my parents I was eight. I tryvto forget never happened. I got ill threw up watching AHS. All apologies. I come here because I think you guys are great. Years I have read you peeps. I often go too much about my Shay. Toss off to quote Faith Hill you’re the million reasons why there is love reflecting in my eyes. I am a big Faith Hill fan but she blew me away by saying reflecting. So purr. The Way You love Me is a part of how I dealt with baby girl.
    Come on. IT IS the best

  27. helenk3 says:

    New York Mets beat Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Game 5 to advance to National League Championship Series – @SportsCenter
    End of alert

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