What I’m thinking about today:
1. Take your parents to work…no seriously, do it.
2. That guy? I can’t stand that guy.
3.NFL’s sloppy Thursdays might get sloppier.
1. Let’s talk about your parents.
Kate Eidam sent me this great article from The Wall Street Journal talking about parents’ involvement in their kids jobs, specifically millennials. This includes everything from recruitment to salary negotiations to employee events. Google even hosts an annual ‘Take your parents to work day.’
What do you think about this? From my perspective, and as I’ve written here before, the way the workforce and companies have ‘always done it’ is not the way it always has to be done. Why? Well if you consider that companies are asking more of their employees you’ll see that the personal and professional are starting to blend. And guess what? More college grads are living at home, later and longer than before. Parents involvement in their kids’ lives has evolved.
For me, a member of Generation X, my parents went on my college visits but didn’t meet my boss or see my office until a good six months after I started. That was 13 years ago. Today I can say I have met at least half of our employees’ parents. It’s a great experience – to brag on an employee, to show parents what their kid does on a daily basis and to tell them ‘hey, you did something right because this person is awesome.’ (No matter how old you get, you never stop wanting to impress your parents, right?)
But maybe more important than your parents coming to work is the fact that companies seem to be open to considering people are looking for “more” from an employer. It will be interesting to see how the workplace continues to evolve moving forward. Will there even be a workplace? Or will it be our living rooms?
(Or maybe our parents’ living rooms.)
2. You know that guy?
I can’t stand him. I don’t know what it is about him but he just annoys the crap out of me. People have a lot of positive things to say about him but it makes me dislike him even more. Don’t ask me why I don’t like him – I just don’t. Seriously, don’t even talk to me about him. I hear he’s going to be at that party on Friday. I may not even go because he’s going to be there. Just thinking about what he’s going to say or do there annoys me so much.
What? He’s not going to the party? Well that sucks. Now what I’m going to do?
That’s how I think people are with Tim Tebow. Everybody loves to beat him up but the first time there’s a quarterback opening his name is linked to it. People want him to come back just so they can hate on him for being back. (We also feel the same way about Miley Cyrus. But that’s a different post.)
3. Speaking of football
Rumor has it the NFL is thinking about adding a second game on Thursday nights. I can’t be the only person who hates this idea. While I like the thought of having the Thursday game – it’s a nice way to start the NFL weekend a little early – the games are awful. The quality of play is a lot lower and, as I read last week, the Thursday games have a direct impact on fantasy football with some positions scoring 10 – 30% less on average.
The NFL is doing a poor job masking its greed. If they want to consider adding something a little different to the schedule, why not consider a Friday night game or even a late Sunday game, similar to the 11:30 p.m. Oakland/San Diego game from week four? It was awesome watching the game in the still of the night, after my family went to bed. Would I like staying up to 3:30 a.m every week? No. But maybe every other week or so it would make for a nice change of pace.
While we’re at it, here are my top five teams going into week seven:
3. San Francisco
4. New Orleans
5. Kansas City