Generation XY

12/27/2007:

A Hoboken411 reader sent me this article from CNN / Careerbuilder.com yesterday about “Generation Y” being too demanding at work.

What are your thoughts? And does this same mentality apply to the new condo owners, bar-hoppers and restaurant-dwellers in Hoboken?

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Being “Generation X” myself, I agreed with much of what was said the article, such as:

  • Vacation time: Compared to other countries, Americans seem to have to work much harder and longer to get a respectable amount of time off from work. A healthy work/life balance is needed in my opinion.
  • Flexible work schedules: Technology has enabled us to be efficient and well-connected in ways next-to-impossible 25 years ago. “Face to face” meetings are not always required, and can be a waste of time.
  • Communication: I feel that it’s important to arm employees with as many tools as required to do their job more effectively (Blackberry, cell, etc.)

However, what kind of rubbed me the wrong way was the reasons why these Gen Y’ers “demanded” so much. The sense of entitlement for being part of a “technology generation” seemed a bit over the top.

Continue reading my (probably off-base) thoughts after the jump.

One person interviewed said:

“Personally, I worked hard at two year-round internships while still going to school my last two years. I don’t expect high pay and a BlackBerry, but I do expect to be compensated for the hard work I put in preparing for the position.”

Hard work “preparing” for a position? La dee friggin da! And this guy doesn’t even really know how to make a point. “I don’t expect high pay” he says, but then follows with “I expect to be compensated (i.e., PAID).” No duh, sherlock! Most jobs do pay you!

While another person said:

“Companies desperately want to be a part of the Web 2.0/user-generated content, MySpace, YouTube phenomenon. Who better to guide that shift than Gen Y?

We are a people that had cell phones in high school, of course we are going to expect to have the most up-to-date gadgets in order to compete in today’s sleepless digital market.”

While I can see his point (to a degree), that some companies are a little behind in deploying some technologies most people had become accustomed to, but I get this feeling many of these Gen Y’ers think they should be rewarded because they know how to operate high-tech gadgets. 5-year olds know how to use the internet. Big deal! That’s just the way things are.

I HAD a cell phone in high school too (in the late 80’s,) and was WAY ahead of the curve. Just because these fresh college graduates are so in tune with YouTube, or MySpace doesn’t make them more qualified to make good business decisions than someone from a previous generation. Now if you are one of the guys that created a web 2.0 technology, then that’s a different story.

Technology is definitely progressing at a much more rapid rate these days, and I do agree that many companies are slow to catch up (such as the Jersey Journal, who gives their interns PC’s running Windows 95! I vomited in my mouth when I heard that!) and especially with large, already established organizations, it can be much more difficult to deploy technology platforms or communication methods across the board.

But in any business model, it comes down to understanding your customers (as well as your employees) demographics. If you’re marketing a product at a specific generation, you better understand what their preferences are. The same applies to the new people you hire.

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58 Comments on "Generation XY"

homeworld
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[quote comment=”59722″][quote comment=”59720″][quote comment=”59524″]and studied “Political Science” and racked up $120,000 in debt without a good game plan on how to pay it off.[/quote]

Even with “high” paying majors, it’s hard to pay off that debt.[/quote]

Or buy a “starter home” for a half million, or 10X salary for an Engineer.[/quote]

stupid Gen Yers think they deserve to have a place to live.

matt_72
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[quote comment=”59590″]AA has been watering down standards for years. But matt, using the blunt term “minorities” isn’t 100% correct. Asians seem to manage quite fine – despite AA which tends to hurt them.

Maybe if these “so called” (IC’s term) beneficiaries of AA didn’t penalize their members for “acting white” and developed a culture of academic exertion we wouldn’t need to provide such “equality of result.”[/quote]

I agree. Equality of result isn’t even attained b/c that would imply that the same level of effort results in the same result for all groups. But AA lets people who don’t work as hard and are not as academically qualified (or professionally qualified) jump over those that are their betters purely b/c of their race. What AA insures is that for some groups you get inequality of result – less efort gets you more than you deserve if you are of the right minority group.

After HS, all individuals should be on their own. All the state owes a person is a free education. If the individual takes advantage of that then they should get all the “result” they deserve based on their own merits and hard work.

rag246
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rag246

[quote comment=”59720″][quote comment=”59524″]and studied “Political Science” and racked up $120,000 in debt without a good game plan on how to pay it off.[/quote]

Even with “high” paying majors, it’s hard to pay off that debt.[/quote]

Or buy a “starter home” for a half million, or 10X salary for an Engineer.

homeworld
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[quote comment=”59524″]and studied “Political Science” and racked up $120,000 in debt without a good game plan on how to pay it off.[/quote]

Even with “high” paying majors, it’s hard to pay off that debt.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

AA has been watering down standards for years. But matt, using the blunt term “minorities” isn’t 100% correct. Asians seem to manage quite fine – despite AA which tends to hurt them.

Maybe if these “so called” (IC’s term) beneficiaries of AA didn’t penalize their members for “acting white” and developed a culture of academic exertion we wouldn’t need to provide such “equality of result.”

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