"Working" with Millennials

I am having great difficulty finding workers in my construction world. As I have said before, my generation encouraged our kids to get "white collar" jobs. What turned out to be unfortunate; our kids listened. Even more unfortunate, our kids told their kids to get "white collar" jobs.

The result of all that advice is, if you are trying to build a house, well, good luck.

My employer is getting to a point in his life where he needs to start thinking about who is going to take over the company at the time of his retirement. My employer (let's call him Bob) has five kids.

I have been working with 2 of Bob's kids this past summer. The kid's are earning spending money. learning a little bit about the business and getting out of bed. Each one of the boys brought a friend to work with them.

All four boys were more than adequate workers. However, getting out of bed; they were not good at. Come to think of it they weren't very good at staying at work either, Getting to work before 9:00 and staying until 3:30 was not an option. OK, working five days a week was an unattainable goal also.

One set of the boys has returned to school, while the other set has decided to wait until the next semester to return to school. This set of boys have decided to save some money delivering pizzas and playing semi-pro gaming tournaments (I didn't no what gaming tournaments were. Who knew you could make money playing video games?) and working construction when convenient.

Last week was convenient for only one boy and only one day.