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There Are No Safe Spaces for College Grads in the Business World

There Are No Safe Spaces for College Grads in the Business World

“They will have to adapt or perish”

The College Fix recently pointed to an article full of many harsh truths. The business world is extremely competitive and there are no safe spaces.

Here’s an excerpt:

College graduates won’t find safe spaces in the business world

Earlier this year, a poll found that 36 percent of college students said safe spaces “are absolutely necessary.” Those students might be in trouble when it comes to finding a job after they graduate, especially if they’re heading into business.

Some leaders in industry say students won’t find a safe space in the real world. That’s the takeaway from a recent article in Crain’s Detroit Business.

Mary Kramer writes she recently posted the following query on LinkedIn: “So what happens when some newly minted grads — those accustomed to “politically correct” campus life and episodes of blocking speakers whose views they oppose — enter a multi-generational workforce?”

The responses she received indicate those students might face a tough adjustment.

From the article:

“They will have to adapt or perish,” offered Ray Byers, who retired from Ford Motor Co. after nearly four decades. “In the world of big business, there will be no time for ‘safe zones.’ ”

Veteran food and beverage manager Eric Djordjevic, president of the Epicurean Group, observes that some — clearly not the majority — of younger hires believe they are entitled to a utopian workplace. And though Djordjevic prizes engaging the team in decisions that affect them, “unfortunately, at the end of the day, running a business can’t always be a democracy,” he said. “Always worrying about disrupting feelings/entitlements leads to mediocrity in pleasing everyone, which will ultimately drive away your most creative and talented people.”

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The business world is extremely competitive and there are no safe spaces.

Not yet. But get a bunch of snowflakes, all whining at the same time, and that may change.

    Walker Evans in reply to rinardman. | July 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    Not in any business I’ve ever been connected with in any capacity, even that of customer. Any bright young snowflake that takes a job expecting his/her feelings to be valued – and rewarded – over and above job performance can expect to spend a lot of time waiting to talk to the clerks at the unemployment office!

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