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Is Dues-Paying Important?

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Do you expect your workers to pay their proverbial dues before taking on responsibility—or enjoying perks—at your business?

"Today's employers, most of them in leadership positions, had to go through some sort of pay-your-dues evolution," Cam Marston told NPR's Marketplace radio program today. "It's the apprentice-to-master evolution. But that pay-your-dues element has kind of gone away, and younger employees are coming in and saying this is what I want, this is what I need — let's talk about my vacation schedule.' And it's really catching a lot of today's senior employers off guard. "

Marston's new book "Motivating the 'What's In It for Me?' Workforce" advises managers to talk with employees about the quality of the experience of working on a project. Interest a younger worker in an experience, he says, and you'll get good work out of them. On the other hand, if you judge them by their adherence to the 9-to-5 schedule, you'll test their patience and low morale can ensue. (To read the Marketplace interview, click here.)

So what do you think? Have you encountered younger workers unwilling to pay their dues? If so, what is your story? And do you agree that this tactic can work with younger employees? Is this smart managing or coddling or both?

Last updated: Jun 12, 2007




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