You think your work life juggle is tough? Try being a teen who works, goes to school, participates in sports and community service and gets good grades. I talked to some who are doing that quite successfully. They're proving that the iGeneration may be the most impressive generation.
Instead of writing the traditional Take Your Child to Work Day story, I wanted to talk to teens for my Miami Herald column who actually had jobs. When I did, every teen I spoke with told me having a job has matured them. Whether they need the money or like the money they earn - or both- these teens are getting much more than a paycheck. I always have wanted my kids to think of school and good grades as a priority. What I discovered is work experience can be just as valuable.
These teens are teaching their employers a thing or two about what the next generation of workers expect. If want want happy employees, workplaces are going to have to accommodate the iGeneration -- and that could mean some drastic changes in how we do business.