Marketing firm boss Gerard O’Shaughnessy has become frustrated with working with entitled young people who care more about their phones than the quality of their work. So much so, in fact, that he decided to post a video job advertisement in which he listed the specific qualities he’s looking for in a candidate.
He also listed the qualities that he is not looking for.
The video begins as you would expect, with the boss explaining who he is, what his company does, and the position he’s looking to fill. That’s when the content takes a turn.
“I’m not looking for somebody that has a[n] anxiety and depression disorder that kicks in around about Monday, after the weekend,” he notes. “Obviously anxiety and depression is a really, really serious issue affecting a lot of people, but not if you’re going out at the weekend and taking various pharmaceuticals. Then it’s self-inflicted.”
“We’re also looking to get somebody involved who’s not got a psycho boyfriend who rings your phone up twenty-five times a day, and texts you a million times a day forcing you to text back, driving you mad and driving me mad. So the person we’re looking to recruit is going to have a partner that’s quite happy with them to actually get a job, and work between nine and three Monday to Friday. We also don’t want someone who is addicted to the phone so if the thought of you putting your phone down for three seconds and working for a company that only allows you to put your phone back on at twelve o’clock and your break times, this job’s definitely not for you. Okay? It’s not for you whatsoever.”
The business enforced a phone ban several months ago that launched a near-disaster with some of the more tech-addicted staff.
“We’ve had girls have complete meltdowns when they’ve come to work and been told they need to put their phone in a box,” he recalled. “Others have said it’s almost breaching their human rights, their right to be connected to their phone, it’s almost like a separation anxiety.”
In a world that is more connected than ever – and worse, encourages 24/7 connectivity via social media – it can be hard for younger people to stomach the idea of being away from their mobile device for a full business day. These are exactly the kind of people that O’Shaughnessy warns away from applying.
“To work for a company you should put in the hours and you should be 100% focused on that job,” he says.
When asked to elaborate on the “psycho boyfriends” comment made during the video, Gerard recounts a disturbing experience in which the partner of one of his female employees actually showed up at his business demanding to know why she hadn’t responded to his messages.
“We’ve had girls join the organisation and their boyfriends insist on regular updates throughout the day about how their day is going,” he stated. “Once a gentleman turned up at the office because his girlfriend wasn’t able to get back to him when the phone was put away. The guy banged on the door demanding to speak to her because he thought she’d finished with him because she hadn’t replied to his texts with a bunch of flowers.”
He then summed up how most people feel about the new generation of screen-favoring young people.
“I think the world’s gone crazy, we live in a generation full of snowflakes. If there’s ever a war god help us because they’re all going to be sipping chamomile tea and having group hugs.”
Seems entirely fair.
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