Older people have said that the younger generations have it too easy, don’t have a good work ethic and won’t do nearly as good as job as they did. They’re partially right.
Each generation has had it easier but that’s mainly due to advancing technology. My son, the kid who created his own website at age 12, was befuddled by a rotary dial telephone.
Gen Y and Baby Boomers
In addition to being called millennials, Gen Yers are also known as Echo Boomers for a couple of reasons. The obvious reason is that most people in this age group are children of baby boomers. Because of that, the size of the generation is quite large and an “echo” of the boomer generation.
People in Gen Y have been raised by parents who were much more involved in their lives than previous generations. Studies have shown that 90% say they are very close to their parents. I can tell you they are much more comfortable spending time with my generation than I ever was with my parents’.
Trick or Treat?
Gen Yers are becoming entrenched in the workplace and sometimes even run the businesses. Baby boomers have to not only work with but sometimes report to younger management.
Is it a trick working with much younger people; sometimes around the age of your own kids? It is true that many of the people we meet in daily life are getting younger as boomers and their parents retire.
At work I’ve joined the club of the top 10 oldest now that those older than me are retiring. Of all the people I do personal business with only my dentist is older than me and I think retirement is on his mind.
It’s a Treat
Working with young people has been energizing, enlightening and fun. Not to say there aren’t moments of frustration when your experience is ignored (why does everyone have to learn certain lessons the hard way?). Generation Y has plenty of bright, hard-working and innovative people.
Overall, I’ve found them happy to work side by side with boomers and we learn from each other. They’ve given me confidence in the future of this country. I can’t wait to see the results when they’re running things. What’s your experience with Gen Y?