Generation Y work anthem: Sing my pra...

Generation Y work anthem: Sing my praises

There are 23 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jun 23, 2007, titled Generation Y work anthem: Sing my praises. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

A bump in pay may not be the best way to retain young talent in a tight job market.

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Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#1 Jun 24, 2007
I work with many 20-somethings and here are my experiences:
We Gen Xers and Gen Yers are in the trenches while taking orders from Baby Boomer bosses. Gen Yers are smart, creative, adaptable, disdain the pretentiousness of Baby Boomers, and are skeptical enough to easily spot when someone doesn't know what he/she is talking about. They seek work/life balance, and rightfully so, especially considering the misguided Midwestern Baby Boomer work ethic of "work harder,(not smarter), and work long hours even if it's not needed" and strict adherence to factory-era rules. I enjoy working with them and look forward to the day when Gen X and Gen Y take their rightful place as the leaders and creative talent. We just have to wait for the Baby Boomers to retire, which is starting to happen.
Dmills

Delaware, OH

#2 Jun 24, 2007
Gen Xer wrote:
I work with many 20-somethings and here are my experiences:
We Gen Xers and Gen Yers are in the trenches while taking orders from Baby Boomer bosses. Gen Yers are smart, creative, adaptable, disdain the pretentiousness of Baby Boomers, and are skeptical enough to easily spot when someone doesn't know what he/she is talking about. They seek work/life balance, and rightfully so, especially considering the misguided Midwestern Baby Boomer work ethic of "work harder,(not smarter), and work long hours even if it's not needed" and strict adherence to factory-era rules. I enjoy working with them and look forward to the day when Gen X and Gen Y take their rightful place as the leaders and creative talent. We just have to wait for the Baby Boomers to retire, which is starting to happen.
Good analysis. Working longer hours doesn't make for more productive work-- it just means Baby Boomers have a great need to define themselves through their occupation (, i.e., no life).

Working smarter, and shorter hours, is the way to go-- now if all the baby boomers will take their place in the retirement homes, it will be the new culture (and for the better).
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#3 Jun 24, 2007
I agree. The Baby Boomers define themselves by the number of hours they work, not by what they accomplish. The Baby Boomers are the most self-indulgent, self-righteous, self-flattering demographic that has ever existed. As for Gen X and Gen Y, if you Baby Boomers try to play mind games with us, you will lose!
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#4 Jun 24, 2007
I can see the Baby Boomer retiree commercials coming:
a grey-haired couple with canes and walkers coming out of a nursing home, putting on sunglasses and hobbling toward a 1957 Chevy while "Golden Years" or "California Dreamin'" plays in the background:
"You're different from any generation that came before! Don't expect your nursing home to be like Aunt Sally's!"
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#5 Jun 24, 2007
I think the Gen X/Y attitude is anti-Boomer. They fail to understand that we don't define ourselves by two-story houses in the suburbs and gas-hog SUVs to get us there, by 80-hour work weeks to do 32-hours' worth of work, by senseless meetings that accomplish nothing, by blustery blowhard rhetoric that lacks comprehension of basic facts, by a life of servitude to possessions and a false sense of understanding about a world when most of them rarely venture outside 1-2 counties the entire year.
Marcie

United States

#6 Jun 24, 2007
No wonder our kids are looking for massive attention when they join the workforce. Remember these kids are art of the self esteem (aka self love) philosophy or "It's all about me." As an employer, I don't have the inclination or time to provide feedback to my employees 24/7. That's why I pay them a salary. It's time for the self-esteem movement in public schools to be declared a failure before this movement destroys our way of doing business and making money.
Marcie

United States

#7 Jun 24, 2007
Gen Xer wrote:
I work with many 20-somethings and here are my experiences:
We Gen Xers and Gen Yers are in the trenches while taking orders from Baby Boomer bosses. Gen Yers are smart, creative, adaptable, disdain the pretentiousness of Baby Boomers, and are skeptical enough to easily spot when someone doesn't know what he/she is talking about. They seek work/life balance, and rightfully so, especially considering the misguided Midwestern Baby Boomer work ethic of "work harder,(not smarter), and work long hours even if it's not needed" and strict adherence to factory-era rules. I enjoy working with them and look forward to the day when Gen X and Gen Y take their rightful place as the leaders and creative talent. We just have to wait for the Baby Boomers to retire, which is starting to happen.
I'm glad you think this way, but the baby boomers have done a lot to creat a booming economy for you nitwits. I only hope you keep working so I can collect my social security and join AARP in the next 5 years!
Kim R

United States

#8 Jun 24, 2007
Gen Xer wrote:
I can see the Baby Boomer retiree commercials coming:
a grey-haired couple with canes and walkers coming out of a nursing home, putting on sunglasses and hobbling toward a 1957 Chevy while "Golden Years" or "California Dreamin'" plays in the background:
"You're different from any generation that came before! Don't expect your nursing home to be like Aunt Sally's!"
And you won't have to worry about retirement as social security and medicare will be bankrupt when you decide to retire. Glad you like to berate baby boomers like me. It will certainly encourage me to start drawing my social security early!
Dmills

Delaware, OH

#9 Jun 24, 2007
Marcie wrote:
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I'm glad you think this way, but the baby boomers have done a lot to creat a booming economy for you nitwits. I only hope you keep working so I can collect my social security and join AARP in the next 5 years!
And when you get to the end of your life, the only thing you will have to show for it is a 60 to 70 hour work week ( the same work could have been done in 30 hours by someone without the baby boomer mentality).

Who cares about a booming economy when you don't have time to enjoy it-- you're too busy working.
Manager

United States

#10 Jun 24, 2007
I'm sorry; I forgot why people come to work. It's so that there supervisor can serve them coffee; ask them how their weekend went; tell them they did a great job (even when their work is below par). Gosh, if I can help mow your yard, please call me. I'm your supervisor and my only responsibility at work is to make sure that you feel good about yourself.
Marcie

United States

#11 Jun 24, 2007
Dmills wrote:
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And when you get to the end of your life, the only thing you will have to show for it is a 60 to 70 hour work week ( the same work could have been done in 30 hours by someone without the baby boomer mentality).
Who cares about a booming economy when you don't have time to enjoy it-- you're too busy working.
I'm sorry that I grew up in an environment where I enjoy my job. Sounds like you don't particularly like working at McDonalds.
WhaDaFug

United States

#12 Jun 24, 2007
There's a surprise for ya: self-indulgent American "workers," regardless of the generation ...
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#13 Jun 24, 2007
Kim R wrote:
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And you won't have to worry about retirement as social security and medicare will be bankrupt when you decide to retire. Glad you like to berate baby boomers like me. It will certainly encourage me to start drawing my social security early!
I gave up taking ethics lessons from Hamilton County a long time ago. I got tired of my self-righteous Baby Boomer bosses in their quarter-million dollar Carmel/Westfield houses telling me I was lucky to have a job and why they didn't think I deserved a promotion. I quit my Indi-a-no-place job, and now make more money with better benefits. Every paycheck I get is prima facie evidence that they (like you) were wrong. Enjoy your Lexus earned by the hard work of others.
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#14 Jun 24, 2007
Manager wrote:
I'm sorry; I forgot why people come to work. It's so that there supervisor can serve them coffee; ask them how their weekend went; tell them they did a great job (even when their work is below par). Gosh, if I can help mow your yard, please call me. I'm your supervisor and my only responsibility at work is to make sure that you feel good about yourself.
Every Hamilton County boss I had seemed to think his job was to come to work and squeeze as much as possible out of his workers without having them quit. Remember, when Baby Boomers can't think, they just do the same old stuff harder and faster and for longer hours.
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#15 Jun 24, 2007
Basically, this is what it boils down to for me: I really don't care what my Baby Boomer bosses arbitrarily "thought" I was worth; I let the market decide. If I got a better offer, I gave my Hamilton County boss two weeks' notice and told him it was for a better offer. I was never sure if they were just playing mind games or if they truly believed their misguided Boomer rhetoric. Regardless, my dues are paid many times over and it's time for the Boomers to put up or shut up (and step aside like the no-talent hacks that they are).
Dirk

Cincinnati, OH

#16 Jun 24, 2007
Gen Xer wrote:
Basically, this is what it boils down to for me: I really don't care what my Baby Boomer bosses arbitrarily "thought" I was worth; I let the market decide. If I got a better offer, I gave my Hamilton County boss two weeks' notice and told him it was for a better offer. I was never sure if they were just playing mind games or if they truly believed their misguided Boomer rhetoric. Regardless, my dues are paid many times over and it's time for the Boomers to put up or shut up (and step aside like the no-talent hacks that they are).
Dude, stop posting. You're Gen X, not Gen Y. The article was about Gen Y. We get the point: you want a pat on the back for beating the system. Pat pat.
2BRNT2B

United States

#17 Jun 25, 2007
Are you kidding me! I retired several years ago -- I'm glad I don't have to deal with these spoiled brats. I heard their new motto -- IT's ALL ABOUT ME! Thanks mom and dad for doing a rotten job raising your kids and now employers have to deal with this mess.
Carmel Dude

United States

#18 Jun 25, 2007
Hey dude; where can I get an easy job like you have that pays good $$$; low stress and have lots of time to bike the trails of Batesville This is a serious post. Where do you work in Batesville. Is it the casket company?
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#21 Jun 25, 2007
I work in Cincinnati and make more money than most of the people in Car-mel by White River.
Gen Xer

Washington, IN

#22 Jun 25, 2007
2BRNT2B wrote:
Are you kidding me! I retired several years ago -- I'm glad I don't have to deal with these spoiled brats. I heard their new motto -- IT's ALL ABOUT ME! Thanks mom and dad for doing a rotten job raising your kids and now employers have to deal with this mess.
Face it, a lousy boss is a lousy boss. Don't project your failures on your employees (or their parents, or their teachers) just because they won't take your sh**.

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