18 April 2007

What Went Wrong With Generation Y?

Touted as a generation of forward thinking, technology and multitasking, Generation Y can certainly bring some positive attributes to the workplace.

Unfortunately, they've also been coddled and spoiled, told they're each a unique and special snowflake. And they expect to be treated as such. The members of Generation Y with whom I've had contact have failed to display anything but laziness and self-involvement.

I first noticed this when I waited tables a few years ago. Many of the busboys and hostesses stood around, ignored customers and dirty tables, and escaped to the break room to talk on their cell phones rather than work. None of the servers was pleased to tip them at the end of the night after we'd had to clean our own tables.

About two years ago, I was at the checkout in a hardware store. The cashier, a boy of 16 or 17, talked on his cell phone during the entire transaction. No greeting. No "thank you." I did, however learn that he was talking to his father, who was irate that the kid had been arrested the night before.

A few weeks ago, I was standing at a customer service counter. Two clerks in their late 30s were extremely busy, and people were lined up at the counter. A group of three teens was just standing around, arms folded. One was talking on her cell phone. Finally one of the older clerks said her name. She moved the cell phone away from her mouth and gave him a pouty "what do you want" look.

"Are you on the clock?" he asked her. She nodded.

"You're not on break?" he asked.

"No," she replied in a snotty teenage voice.

"Then off the cell phone. We need your help."

She ended her conversation and proceeded to stand in the huddle of teens with her arms crossed. She made no move to help the other clerks or do any kind of work.

I'm 33; I remember my teen years. I was moody and difficult — at home. My parents would have beaten the life out of me if I behaved the way these kids do at work, school, in public. I had my rebellious years. When I was 18, my parents told me to find another place to live when they'd had enough of my antics. But then I had to work and keep a job to pay rent and eat. And I was a hardworking, thorough employee and made sure not to piss off my employers.

Not this younger generation, though. They seem to think an employer should pay them just for making an appearance. They expect a paycheck; they don't want to work for it.

This behavior is not limited to Generation Y teens. Gen Y adults are just as self-centered and lazy. They are working good jobs that they should consider careers but instead view them as jobs for a few years until they move on. There's no dedication, no devotion, no work ethic.

My most recent experience with Generation Y is a new employee in my department. She's 27. My company offers flex time, which she apparently thinks means "part time." After two-and-a-half months, she has yet to work a full, eight-hour day.

Despite our efforts to welcome and include her, she refuses to integrate with the rest of the group; she won't partake in any discussions, she never says hi or good morning or good-bye. She's like a ghost: pretty much nonexistent except when she occasionally coughs. She's not shy — in the few discussions I've had with her, she's not mousy or passive. She has yet to ask a question about what our company's software products do. I don't think she even knows what our company does.

The department is outraged for two reasons: First, where does she get off thinking she can work less than 30 hours a week and still receive full pay and benefits? Second, if you divide her salary by the number of hours she actually works, she's making more per hour than some of us who have been with the company a number of years. Apparently she thinks she deserves a fat paycheck regardless of whether she does any work or stays a full day.

I recently had a conversation with my siblings about the laziness of Generation Y. They're 28 and 29 — born in the last two years of Generation X. They are both hard workers with good jobs they consider careers. They don't expect their employers to just hand them a paycheck; they work for their money.

My brother pointed out that although Generation Y are lousy workers, Gen X started it; Gen X produced the first of the lazy workers. He's right, I suppose. But if the increase in laziness between Generations X and Y is an indication of what's to come with future generations, how will companies find employees who will actually work?

Would it go so far as to demand a form of neo-slavery, where companies would purchase employees and beat and starve them to force them to work? That may sound outrageous, but is it really? Generation Y may be able to punch text messages into their cell phones faster than members of older generations, but what happens in the future when a generation stops contributing to society?

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your view of Generation Y is incredibly skewed and a bit disturbing. I think you are looking in all the wrong places to spot Gen Y's involvement in society. All the jobs you mention are menial tasks, something Generation Y does not take kindly to.

We constantly look for ways to be involved in society, but our society is a different world than yours. We look for ways to be involved in the global collective, not involved in the tiny department at work.

We don't EXPECT to be paid, we EXPECT to be appreciated and given the chance to impact the way things are done. When you cram us into menial jobs with no chance for advancement and no way to affect change we shut down, get pissed, or ignore the incredibly mundane task at hand.

And the hardware store kid, he got arrested the night before...do you really think his behavior is a good indicator of what most of us do? I am attached to my phone at all times, but I do not use it while transacting business.

The reason we don't consider most jobs as careers (even very good ones) is because we have seen the scenario play out over and over with previous generations. Corporations in particular have absolutely no loyalty to their employees, people sometimes work for decades only to be laid off because the CEO was too busy embezzling money or insider trading to worry about the employees it might effect. If you don't respect my dedication to your company, why should I ever give give you that loyalty to begin with.

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right, in general. I'm a baby boomer, and we did a horrendous number of things wrong, but at some point we have to turn over the reins and the young won't be ready. In psychological terms, they haven't had enough practice in deferring gratification for the superego to develop. So these kids, by and large, are all ego and id. Yikes!

Annoyed with my own Gen Y said...

I'm a Gen Y (1984) and I agree with you 100%. Gen Y tends to have a false sense of entitlement - expecting to receive something without putting in the hard work. Granted, this is not true for every single Gen Y, but for the VAST majority (unfortunately!).

Anonymous said...

It was refreshing to see the comment regarding your 'distubing and incredibly skewed' view on Gen Y after reading your one-dimensional article.

It came as a shock to read on past the first paragraph being a Gen Y (1991 - 17yo) that you can feel so strongly about the issue, but obviously lack the research and planning necessary to write an even weighted piece of text.

If you had've taken the time you would surely realise that behind every one of the cliché ‘would-be’ Paris Hiltons is a Hillsong devotee or greenpeace activist sure to follow.

You can see me as 'unappreaciative' and 'disrespectful' if you choose to, but to be so broad in voicing such a controversial view on a cohort of youths is simply absurd.

Anonymous said...

The whole concept of generation seems really stupid to me. People should just live their lives and stop worrying about social categories such as the whole "generation" concept. The truth is that there are different people within all the "generations" described, with different personalities, goals, achievements and overall lives. I can bet that many people don't feel like they belong to the generation they're supposed to be a part of. I know I don't. And I'm tired of people my age being classified as lazy or narcissistic (I'm supposedly part of generation Y). The truth is that people who are in their twenties nowadays want as much as the older "generations" to have a life: full financial independence, a job, a family, etc. But life for us just isn't the same as it was for the older generations. Does anyone seriously think that we want to spend so much time in college, studying 14 hrs/day and working a shitty underqualified job that can barely pay for food and a mediocre apartment? I don't believe we are pampered. At least not the average 20-something year-old. In some ways, we just have less opportunity to enter the "real" world, as full-fledged adults. Now I'm not saying that there aren't narcissistic twenty-something year-olds who only want instant gratification and spend all their parents’ money on bars and clubs. Of course there are. But this "me" culture is a byproduct of the 21st century, not to be associated and attributed solely to generation Y. For example, there are many forty-something year-olds who still don't want to settle down and raise a family, or sixty-something year-olds who dissolve their marriage after 20 years just because their sex lives are lacking "spice". I would really enjoy if people stopped categorizing by age and actually tried to get to know people individually. It's not because I can use a computer, have an iPod and a cell phone that I'm lazy. I believe that having all this technology available actually increases the work load gen Y is expected to sustain. I've had several 50 or 60-something year-old professors who expected students to "google" the subjects taught and learn everything about them, in addition to the material in the book and class notes. I've also had a boss that expected me to be practically on-call and available 24 hrs/day just because I have a cell phone. So please, give "generation Y" a freaking break, or at least the benefit of the doubt for the next decade. Until then, we'll be working on finding that cure for cancer, dealing with AIDS, trying to fix global warming and building funds and medical resources for the ageing population. Thank you very much.

danielmaddox said...

Generation Shmeneration, I'm just tryna live. I won't be lumped into some generic category. Like a mooing cow branded by a curvy metal Y thrusted into my innocent trusting beef by a cruel judging society. You don't like my cashier service. Maybe because my job sucks,it's not a career and I got arrested last night. And people just complain and complain. about me. With sharp teeth and sharper expectations, that make my life running through a tunnel with walls coming closer, and closer, and closer, till crunch I am tight pressed. then pop. my head explodes. generation is nothing. and we are snowflakes.

Arcane Fury said...

Gen Y's general attitude: work to live, not live to work, whenever possible.

red rabbit said...

Wow. A few special snowflakes already on this thread.

Menial jobs at age 17? Perish the thought. "Paying dues" is passe, you should go right to being executives.

"Given the chance to impact..." Hm. Maybe you could consider earning that chance.

Greenpeace is not an activist organisation. It's reactionary. True activists work from inside to change how things are done, and don't piss all over everyone else's work.

From a GenX activist who worked my ass off to get to the point where I call the shots.

Anonymous said...

As a parent of a generation y'er I can most certainly say that this group of entitled and spoiled little brats are worthless when it comes to having morals, values, and work ethics and it's not from having been shown and trying to instill said values from us parents. If I could have paddled my kids' asses more when they were growing up, instead of being worried that I would have child protective services, DHS and the police showing up at my door waiting to arrest me for "child abuse", I don't think I would have near the entitlement issues with my kids. As a parent, I had to have some educated idiot telling me that I had to put my kids on prescription drugs to behave in school and that they needed to be in a timeout. What BS!! You know what a timeout was when I grew up in the 70's? It was my dad taking the "time" to take his belt "out" and whoop my ass with it! Spare the rod and spoil the child or in this case spoil the whole generation. I blame society and this political correctness crap for this. Now we must deal with it and hope that somewhere along the way these gen y'ers grow up and take the nipple out of their mouth and grow up. Listen up Gen Y'ers life is not fair, you cannot save everybody, and crap runs downhill so deal with and put in your dues. You're no better than the rest of us trying to live and exsist.

Anonymous said...

Gen Y is getting a bad rap. There are plenty of lazy Generation Xers out there too. We have a 35 year old Gen Xer at my company who has Bachelors, and Masters degrees from top tier universities. He is from the monied Virginia aristocracy and he does almost NOTHING to earn his fat paycheck which I am sure they only offered him because of where he went to college. He gets paid twice what we do and has the exact same job description, except that we Gen Y kids do all the work and he doesn't do much of anything except take credit for it.

Our office opens at 8AM but this prick who still looks and acts like a stereotypical 21 year old frat boy even thought he has been out of college for over a decade doesn't roll up in his shiny red sports car until almost 9AM. The multi-million dollar waterfront estate where he lives is practically within sight of the office but he is always late for work. Everyone else who works there including the boss has at least a 30 minute to 1 hour commute through heavy traffic yet they all somehow manage to get there before he does.

After he gets to the office he spends 10 or 15 minutes checking his voice messages and emails, and then returns a bunch of personal calls on the company phone. He regularly makes personal calls to friends and relatives traveling in Europe or Asia and charges the calls to overhead. Since we have overseas subsidiaries and do business in the countries he calls he gets away with it.

After he finishes checking his voice and emails he says "I am going to Starbucks, anyone want anything?" and he heads across the street to Starbucks for a coffee break and usually doesn't get back until 10 or 10:30AM and maybe does a little work for about an hour.

Then about 11:30AM he leaves for lunch and he usually drives all the way across town to meet some of his buddies for lunch and a few drinks at the high falutin yacht club he is a member of. He is gone for at least an hour sometimes closer to two hours while everyone else in the office takes a half hour lunch break max, or works through lunch and eats at their desks. The way he comes and goes whenever he pleases you would think he owns the company, is a top executive, or at least a Principal but he is not even an Associate yet, just a flunky yet he somehow gets away with this crap!

When he finally gets back from lunch he MIGHT do a little client work if one of the project managers has asked him too help them with something but that is rare because most of them figured out long ago that it is not worth the trouble because the dude is just not that bright. I have no idea how he ever got into the universities he attended much less graduated from them. This guy cannot even do basic ninth grade algebra like solving for an unknown! I am honestly not sure he could even do basic multiplication and long division without a calculator. He has yet to figure out to transfer calls on the "new" office phone system even though it was installed a year and a half ago so he just quit answering the phone unless the call is coming in on his extension. LOL

Most of the time he looks really busy but he is just surfing the net checking his stocks, looking at real estate listings, ESPN, or checking out boats for sale on Yachtworld. I snuck into his office once and checked his browsing history and there was not a single website that he had looked at that day that was even remotely work related.

One thing is for sure though his name is ALWAYS printed right up at the top of the list of preparerers with his prestigious degrees right behind it giving one the impression that he is a key player on the team for every project the firm does. What a friggen JOKE! LOL

Anonymous said...

I'm a 36 year old from "Generation X".

As someone who has spent the last 11 years hiring (and firing) people of all ages I can say without a doubt that the Gen Y kids are spoiled, self absorbed, lazy people with bad attitudes and no regard for anything beyond their little world. The only ones who seem to have any work ethic or seem to care about anything are the ones that did not grow up with a lot of money.
It's crazy that the people making the laws which have taken the power away from parents to effectively discipline their kids are the same people who were raised by parents who did not hesitate to take off their belt to straighten them out if they were screwing up.
When I was a kid you sometimes even received an ass whooping from a teacher or a neighbor, and then your parents when you got home.

I'm not saying people should beat their kids... but a deserved ass whooping should be given out when the situation warrants one.

We were taught that there are limits, and if you cross that line you will feel the consequence of your actions.
If the only punishment we received was "no tv" or "no computer" we would have all turned out to be a bunch of self absorbed cry babies as well.

The Best Money Blog said...

What's wrong with leaving a job if you want to pursue something else. You should stay at your job and make it a career just because you feel obligated to?

What if you hate your job and it affects your life?

What if you want to start your own company?

What if you want to be paid more?

All good and valid reasons to get a different job.

You have no obligation to work anywhere for any amount of time. You are an EMPLOYEE. Your employer pays you to work, if you don't do it, they'll pay someone else to do it.

An attitude like that will prevent you from ever earning enough money to become financially free in life.

Anonymous said...

if you are to write an argument you need to show both sides of said argument otherwise it is just a rant with no substance.

ageism, look it up you bigot.

Anonymous said...

I am now aware that I am Gen Y, but i am far from spoiled, lazy or unproductive. I have worked since I was fifteen and from that day on I was expected to provide for myself. I paid the high school lab fees, lunch money and for my car, I have been putting myself through college while working full time and managing my family. I am MORE productive at work than any "Gen X" I earn my paycheck and I am grateful for it. While there are many selfish, lazy people in gen y I believe it is unfair to categorize everyone in that age group as LAZY, SElfish, UNPRODUCTIVE because there are people like that from EVERY generation. Gen Y has more expectations put upon them, especially women. everyone expects you to be supermom but also have a degree and full time job so from a hard working gen y please dont label based on a handful of TEENAGERS Or IMMATURE people!!

Anonymous said...

Some of Generation y is incredibly hard-working (that is those who as of 2010 are in their late twenties or early thirties). Others have terrible substance abuse problems that haunt them terribly. I have worked in banks and other businesses and the main problem is kids using drugs (pot,cocaine, crack, meth, etc.) and they can't seem to get off them or test positive. Some not all Y want everything handed to them and that's just not the case in this world. Most people toil in obscurity for years living in sometimes squalid conditions.

I am generation X (if you want to go by any labels). What my generation X and other subsequent generations got away with Y, Z,
and future generations cannot. Alot of these jobs including train engineer or pilot have zero room for error. Lives are in balance.
I have alot of respect for any generation who can rise up to that challenge and meet it head on. Some of Generation Y is already there as I write.

Drug-testing is not going away anytime soon so Y'ers should embrace that future. It takes an incredibly long time to achieve anything of importance. This is glacially slow especially in this country. The long road is the hard road but it's worth it if you don't end up in jail.

Some New-Dealers (Madoff and Wall-Street), Baby-Boomers (Bush-Cokehead), and Republicans (Boehner and O'Connell) have messed things up to the point that we now have to do clean up after their cocaine party. Don't repeat your parents,big-brother and sister's mistakes. Get help and steer the country in the right direction and opt out of social security which you and I can't and won't be able to claim until 70 if at all! God bless you Y'ers!

Anonymous said...

whats wrong with our generation? our retarded gen x parents. many of them dont work, smoke weed and crank all day, and put their children in front of nintendos and televisions instead of teaching them to read or much of anything else. look at yourselves for answers before you start bitching about the mess you made. when i spill milk i dont blame the carton, and neither should you. however, we are screwed. we are ate the hell up with STD's, we have little to no morals, we're self-destructive. we grew up with a lot of 80's and 90's influences that were seriously disturbing. remember all those subliminal messages disney snuck in their movies? well we watched those movies over and over and over and over again. No wonder the Maury show has a neverending supply of baby mama bullshit. as far as the work thing goes, its more complicated than that we're lazy. there are SO many old people, theyre all working multiple jobs or hold positions of authority. theyre not going anywhere. we'll receive much slower advancement than previous gens. and secretly, we suspect that some major bullmess is coming shortly and dont see the point. blame society, not the byproduct.

Anonymous said...

I am a Boomer female in the workplace clashing daily with a
Gen Y female professional newly hired (one year). After searching the web, it is apparent this 27 year old has certain Gen Y traits and beyond. Rather than figure out how to fit into the workplace with the rest of the Boomers and Gen Xers, she began the first week with talking down to and handing off work that is clearly the menial portion of her position to lower graded workers as she feels it is beneath her. We all work together and all report to one supervisor, not her and do our own grunt work, thats how you learn. She is full of herself, arrogant, and is making mistakes because although she has the education, the position is State specific she is from another part of the country with irrelevant background. These mistakes are being fixed by Boomers and Gen Xers that have been there 10 -20 years. Also, the mistakes are being covered up by the person that hired her. The first month that she was on the job, she put her name on another 20 year worker's report and had the nerve to cc her when she e-mailed it as her own. She told our Boomer to talk to her not the boss if there was a problem with that. Right. She flirts her way through the day and it works on some, but not all. She does treat men completely differently (damsel in distress) and is aggressive, competitive and demeaning with women. Overdresses for the position, it seems like she has read the book how to appear to be successful as she runs into meetings and cuts off the boss in order to sit at the head of the table. How is she getting away with this? She has been trying to minimize the worth and input of all the experienced people around her since she arrived as well as trying to take over and run portions of other's jobs without consulting them also to the detriment of the public. Originally, I had been nice and tried to advise how things worked (there are legal ramifications for mistakes at this job) she dismissed me and instead of walking on water, she belly flopped in public her first time out. Hah! I am not jealous by nature and other workers and people outside of workplace do not understand this hire either. I hope that it's true that Gen Yers do not stay at a job long. Otherwise I am going to have to stand back and wait for her fatal splat!

Anonymous said...

I share your views on gen Y. Lazy and entitled has been my experience so far. Of course, that's not the case for all of them, but in my experience, it seems to be the majority.

They seem to have bought into the idea that a 9-5 desk job is somehow 'giving into the system' and they just want an easy life full of adventure. Perfect example, http://www.alexandracattoni.com.
I came across this blog and was really put off by her 'my life is perfect' attitude. She's just lazy and trying to make a quick buck over the internet by riding the waves of another internet marketing company.

Anonymous said...

You're all a bunch of flakes and pussies. Every last one of you. Non of you do hardly anything important.

Including me. From every generation. A wild pack of losers this entire REAL generation is (old to young) how you like that? lol

If you're honest, unless you are building things people need, houses, doing farming, etc.. your job isn't insanely important.

And some jobs that SHOULD be important (police etc.) are abusive and tied up with tape and run by people who aren't fit for the job because they aren't right with their judgement or motivated by simply 'doing the job out of the book, get check, get house, get bigger house when I can for wife and me.' and so on.

Even people who take their job seriously, love it, and put in overtime, like say, lots of animators in Japan, studio Ghilbi. LOVE those guys. However, useless.

They are wasting their name drawing every day while people starve to death.

Its what you do with your menial garbage job that you were born into slavery for and the oldies don't strike me as particularly better than the young here.

Though they COULD be. Give away your riches. Work and take care of folks. This is good, well and fine. Young or old if you feed your family you are doing good. If you care for people with your money/earnings, you're doing fine.

If you grow some food for people, I say that's a nice thing isn't it? And so on.

How many jobs are entirely monetary and promote something evil?

You could work like a dog at a beer factor and be supporting a ton of alcoholics, suicides, car accidents etc... then what is all your hard work worth? Less than nothing if you ask me. I don't care how loyal or dedicated you are to an organization that is all about evil you're not doing very much to help yourself or fellow man.

There is a lot of hard workers who work in vain. How is their work any better than those who suffer from the sins of laziness?

It's like the pot calling the kettle black.

Anonymous said...

Many of the above comments are indicative of Gen Y's biggest problem by far. They cannot deal with criticism. Regardless of whether it is credible or not, criticism always seems to elicit a tantrum of some form. Whether it be an arbitrary attack leveled at the credibility of the criticizer or a self-aggrandizing diatribe about how awesome they are and how dare anyone question said awesomeness. While they may pay lip-service to those in positions of authority they will never take an authority's criticism into consideration.
They are slaves to a compulsive need to respond with rude derision regardless of how valid the criticism is.
GenX and before was the product of one way media and top down communication with authority figures. We had parents who understood they really didn't have to listen to our crap. People told us like they saw it and we treated it like a buffet. We took it or left it. We may have discussed or even ridiculed it among ourselves but few of us saw fit to make asses out of ourselves in public by going after the source.
What these kids don't seem to get is that being able to send an Email to anyone on the planet doesn't really mean they have an audience in every human being on earth. We understood that our opinion was irrelevant until it was our turn to be in charge. Gen Y rants endlessly online in the misguided belief that people will actually read it and care.
Gen Y always has to comment. And these 'comments' of theirs tend to be little more than tantrums. They do this as if such nonsensical and reactionary thoughts and opinions have value. They don't understand that half of what they say doesn't resonate with anyone. They also consider ignorance a qualification.
Their lives are characterized by a complete and total lack of persistent face to face contact and its resulting direct feedback. Never mind the parents and teachers who have been forced to bite their tongues. They get zero discipline from authority figures and about 90% of their socializing is in the form of texting, facebooking, and activities that don't involve direct contact or meaningful interaction. They have spent their lives totally insulated against any and all meaningful criticism.
Going to a movie with friends isn't socializing. Attending a pill party wherein everyone enters a unique altered state is not a genuinely bonding event. Socializing involves having a discussion of substance or sharing a real experience with some actual gravity to it. People bond when they survive and or endure something together, not when they watch a fictitious character do so on TV.
To GenY'ers conversation is sparing and competion for attention with what amounts to scatterbrained, random, irrelevant punchlines. Said conversations with and between GenY'ers are never coherent or linear. The participants do not listen, they wait for an opportunity to jump in with a totally random comment that will hopefully garner them some instant attention, validation and gratification. God forbid they should ever be forced to form an actual thought. And how dare anyone challenge its value, validity or relevance once it has been submitted for the group's approval.
They also seem to believe that living vicariously through the exploits of a video game, movie, or tv character is analogous to having a real life experience. They even appear to gain a false sense of accomplishment from such passive activities.
It also doesn't help that no one explained to them that part of life is dealing with other people who have an equally valid right to exist. People who have done more, know more and have certainly earned more respect than they have.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with the last post of Saturday, June 11, 2011. I'm a Baby Boomer and have yet to see but one Gen Y be worth a darn in the workplace. We have several now in ours and they lack respect, not only for their bosses, their coworkers, the company in general and the clients we serve. We are in construction and our work is and should be of the highest quality in the workforce but it is not because of the Gen Y's we have working for us.

I have had no less than 4 discussions with our newest employee about the quality and accurateness of her work - it is deplorable. She just bats her pretty little eyelashes, says OK and continues to screw up the work. I wish I were her superior - she can find another "menial job" elsewhere. And if they cannot or do not want to do the menial jobs, how in the heck can anyone expect them to perform a job of higher quality correctly?

I can give them menial - slopping the hogs or mucking out horse barns! If any one of them that came out of college and hit the business workforce had to do either in order to eat they would most assuredly starve to death.

I am thankful retirement is close - my tongue is almost bitten completely off daily. And the language used in the workplace? Ebonomics? Texting acronymns? The latest version of "Valley Girl" speak? Seriously? The only acronyms acceptable when I started indicated intelligence and allegiance - DoD, USA, UMC. One now needs the Internet to look up and understand what the Gen Y is even talking about. I understand now why the English cringe at "Americanism" - LOL! (Everyone knows that one, right??) And I am extremely computer and technology saavy as I've kept up the schooling over the years, so Gen Y - you are not the only ones who know anything in this business world.

Anonymous said...

That Generation Y post said it all - "We don't EXPECT to be paid, we EXPECT to be appreciated..."

EXPECT in one hand and sneeze in the other, and see which one fills up first.

The rest of us WORK to be appreciated, WORK to be paid, and WORK to be respected. Sorry Gen Y doesn't "take kindly" to menial tasks. I guess they EXPECT to start at the top. And this poster has the nerve to call someone else's view "skewed"?

Anonymous said...

I am from Generation Y and proud of it.

I find this generation the most hardworking yet. We live hard lives going to school for 35 hrs a week, working 15 hrs. a week, and playing every sport and club imaginable in order to get into the college of our choice. It is so competitive just to find a job. I know I may seem tired at times during my register job at a pizza restaurant, but it is not intentional. It is because I woke up at 6 a.m. got out of school at 2 p.m., went straight to drivers education until 4 p.m., then straight to work from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting my home work at 10 p.m.

I'm not saying life is harder now then it was of younger generation. Each generation has its set backs. I am just saying, try to understand where we are coming from. We are lazy by no means.

Thank you for taking the time to read my position.

Anonymous said...

I am from Generation Y and proud of it.

I find this generation the most hardworking yet. We live hard lives going to school for 35 hrs a week, working 15 hrs. a week, and playing every sport and club imaginable in order to get into the college of our choice. It is so competitive just to find a job. I know I may seem tired at times during my register job at a pizza restaurant, but it is not intentional. It is because I woke up at 6 a.m. got out of school at 2 p.m., went straight to drivers education until 4 p.m., then straight to work from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting my home work at 10 p.m.

I'm not saying life is harder now then it was of younger generations. Each generation has its own set backs. I am just saying, try to understand where we are coming from. We are lazy by no means.

Thank you for taking the time to read my position.

Anonymous said...

Great blog! I'm a Gen-X woman who is sick and tired of dealing with the problems of Gen-Y employees. This year alone, I've had to fire five women (all ages 20-24) for substance abuse (it ranged from huffing to Adderall addiction. The fact that we're a small business (under 25 employees), we found that statistic hilariously sad. All interviewed well but when it came down to actually working, none could (or would) actually WORK for a paycheck. On top of that, two of them needed rides to/from work because they were too lazy (or stupid) to get a driver's license. I just hope, for Gen-Y's sake, that posting lame partially nude photos becomes financially lucrative. LOL

Anonymous said...

wow, you all need to give your heads a shake. Gen X raised Gen Y, and you have the nerve to call them spoiled?

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

You all are acting like a bunch of fools. You raised and spoiled them, how the hell do you expect them to turn out? Enough of this bullshit and blaming the youth of today, because they are our tomorrow.

Rather than sitting at your little office desk job at your software company bashing the youth, turn the other cheek and see the good that they have done in the world.

Get your head out of your asses and recognize and accept that gen Y is the future, and you will all be grumpy old hags while we continue to prosper and better the world.

Anonymous said...

I'm GenX. I worked in Daycare observing Gen Y for over 25 yrs. Sadly they disintregated into
lazy, foul-mouthed people,with a very short attention span. Their mannerisms echo 10 year old boys and girls, even if they are 15 to 20 yrs old. They sit on the bus and stare in one direction, showing
no awareness of movement around them. They believe they are aware of their surroungings but they miss
a great deal of relevant information. They believe they do a good days work but in reality, objectively, they do very little of their job description. And yes,
they have to pee every 10 minutes, but this is an excuse to go and check their email in the washroom.
True hipocrites, they tell kids not to swear, but they are the most foul-mouthed generation on the planet...sadly they do not even know (or care?)that their gutter language is upsetting to other people who prefer not to hear it.
True, some Gen Y are useful members of society...but as Gen Y replace an aging Gen X, we can clearly see that the calibre of work in all fields will drastically decling because of the total lack of common sense and brain power of Gen Y. No wonder the world will end soon!!! God...get them off the planet and start over with the kids born after 2000AD!!!

Joseph Menard said...

The thing that bothers me, and I know that others must have mentioned this, is that it was generation X that paved the way for Y... So if we're spoiled and lazy, wouldn't that reflect on poor teaching and preparing us for the future.. Unless we've somehow Devolved as people, there is a reason why some of us are so clueless. And it's honestly a very technical world to be apart of these days, much more complex and full of distractions.. It's not a simple black and white society as it would have been previously. Things are changing faster than ever, and with everything being so half assed and guidance being lost it's hard to keep up and adapt. Let alone be positive about a glorious future. Also, trust in Honor is hard to find. Moral Values are not apart of lessons taught to our generation, and that is likely why the world doesn't quite feel like it used too... Some things have improved, but people feel distant in life and to each other. And if you don't have faith in the world and it's people, why would you get up in the morning and work your ass off for a boss who likely cares more about the money that you make him/Her than he/she does about the quality of your life or a fair salary. It's a discouraging time, and I'm sure that people can understand that this is not an easy time to step into the world. If we can trust Moral over the so called mighty dollar, than we can have a chance at a strong generation. If we were cave people and the only thing that we had to worry about was having shelter, working to feed a family and teach lessons for a new generation, and being good to your neighbour. Wouldn't life be simple, and very enjoyable. Except for disease of course, which wouldn't be LOL.

Joseph Menard said...

The thing that bothers me, and I know that others must have mentioned this, is that it was generation X that paved the way for Y... So if we're spoiled and lazy, wouldn't that reflect on poor teaching and preparing us for the future.. Unless we've somehow Devolved as people, there is a reason why some of us are so clueless. And it's honestly a very technical world to be apart of these days, much more complex and full of distractions.. It's not a simple black and white society as it would have been previously. Things are changing faster than ever, and with everything being so half assed and guidance being lost it's hard to keep up and adapt. Let alone be positive about a glorious future. Also, trust in Honor is hard to find. Moral Values are not apart of lessons taught to our generation, and that is likely why the world doesn't quite feel like it used too... Some things have improved, but people feel distant in life and to each other. And if you don't have faith in the world and it's people, why would you get up in the morning and work your ass off for a boss who likely cares more about the money that you make him/Her than he/she does about the quality of your life or a fair salary. It's a discouraging time, and I'm sure that people can understand that this is not an easy time to step into the world. If we can trust Moral over the so called mighty dollar, than we can have a chance at a strong generation. If we were cave people and the only thing that we had to worry about was having shelter, working to feed a family and teach lessons for a new generation, and being good to your neighbour. Wouldn't life be simple, and very enjoyable. Except for the diseases which all would be vulnerable and helpless too, which wouldn't be fun LOL.

Anonymous said...

As a member of Generation Y by birth, having been born in 1992, I will attempt to represent my own, unbiased opinion here.

Sadly, I find that much of the stereotype regarding my generation is true. Many of the people my age or younger are spoiled, opportunistic brats and philistines who haven't bothered to educate themselves properly and expect to land a high paying job without putting in some hard work first. Texting and piss poor grammar are rampant, and our attention spans as a whole seem to range from about 1 to 3 seconds maximum.

I'll use my workplace as an example. Roughly 2 years ago, a sports bar opened up in my area. I, a new college student with no current job (I had been working from 13 to 16, more on that later), went to apply for a lowly busboy position and got it. I watched the restaurant get built and showed up on the first day it opened, fifteen minutes early. Most of my fellow employees were fellow GenY members, with a few Gen Xers thrown in to the mix.

Over the next few months, it became immediately apparent that Generation Y was not a capable or even willing workforce. Servers hid in the back to text or hung around in the kitchen to talk and joke with the cooks while customers waited expectantly to be seated or helped. I, as the busboy, actually did more serving than most servers. Some were fired, others kept, but most never caught on.

They complained when I was promoted from bus boy to floor manager after a year and a half of hard work; I painted the bathroom floors, changed the lightbulbs, scrubbed the toilets, served, did whatever was asked of me by the boss while they pissed around. All while showing up 15 minutes early, every day. To this day, I still have trouble getting new Generation Y employees and old employees to listen to me or work in any meaningful manner.

You're lying, you're probably thinking. I'm just like any other Generation Yer; lazy, irreverent of elders and authorities, and lacking even a basic grasp of proper grammar and vocabulary. I cannot stop you from thinking so, but I will present my own case.

My parents are Baby Boomers; at the time of writing this, they are 63 and 61. My father was raised by parents born in Oklahoma, who moved to California, and retained an old school country mindset. As a child, when I misbehaved, I got a good spanking with a belt or a hand. I learned quickly to respect my father's wishes, and began to learn his values. When other kids my age were listening to Green Day and Fallout Boy, I was listening to Garth Brooks and George Strait, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole. I was the 'strange kid' ostracized for liking old music.

I started martial arts when I was 5, and got my black belt at age 11. By 13, I was working as an instructor at my dojo, getting paid under the table by my boss. From this, my father's values were reinforced.

I'm not without my problems. I have a horribly addictive personality and have struggled numerous times in the past with drug addiction, and even I'm not immune to the attention-seeking ways of Generation Y. But I wish to point out that we're not all that bad. There are always exceptions. And we've made some tremendous achievements in reducing racism, women and civil rights, and technological and ideological progression.

So, give at least some of us a chance to break the stereotype. We're trying, but we're simply outnumbered and outgunned.

Generation Y by birth.
Baby Boomer at heart.

Anonymous said...

To the last poster - I feel sorry for you and other Gen Y members who don't fit the typical mold. I don't lump everyone together, but you are right that you are an exception. I am a late Boomer (1958), and I appreciate young people like you. I don't want to dislike your generation, but what I see out there offends me and my values to the core. Then to add insult to injury, a lot of these young people blame MY generation for their bad attitudes. Somehow it didn't get through to them that WE didn't create this world we're living in. We did our best to change it, but since when has life ever been that easy? Perhaps all we're guilty of is not giving them enough preparation for the real world. Unfortunately we gave them unrealistic expectations of life. Now all they can do is sit back and act all entitled and snotty.

Like what do they think it was like when we were young? I have news for them - It was a lot HARDER. We actually made it much EASIER for them than it was for US, and we sacrificed a lot for them to give them that. When we were young, not only was it harder but the older generation put us in our place and we knew better than to act like spoiled brats. We put in our hard work and if we were lucky or fortunate, we reaped the reward. We weren't handed a reward when we didn't do something to deserve it. Oftentimes we put in the hard work and then didn't get get a reward. But we don't complain about it or blame our parents' generation for it because we know that's how life has been for thousands of years, and it's not about to change any time soon because of one little thing called HUMAN NATURE.

Do these spoiled rotten Gen Y kids really think they are above all of this? Actually, I have news for them, they are more beneath it than my generation.

I also blame the education system for making these kids expect unearned rewards. They got used to it in school and then get out there and expect it in real life too. They don't realize that this is not how it EVER worked, even for their parents' generation. Life has never been fair and it is showing no signs of ever being fair. This is reality and the sooner they learn to face it, the sooner the older generations will begin to like them, and the farther they will go in life.

If they don't like society as it is, instead of blaming the older generations, why don't they do something to make it better? At least the Boomers and earlier generations made real changes to society that now Gen Y-ers are now taking credit for. Who do they think paved the way for racial and gender equality? I have news for them - It wasn't them. If they want to make a difference they have to stop acting spoiled and change their negative attitudes into positive ones. Instead of expecting the world to be different, do your part to MAKE it different. BE the change you want to see in the world.

Bastet said...

If you accept the job then you do the job. If you're not prepared to do the job then get out of the way. There's plenty of people who will.

No-one likes menial labour. So what? Gen y thinks they're above it but everyone else can do it. Again, don't accept the paycheck if the work is beneath you. That's fine. No-one needs to cover your work for you because you refuse to do the job you accepted and agreed to.

I agree that employers offer no loyalty and thus cannot expect it back. They can, however, expect you to honour your contract. That's the absolute minimum, not an optional, if I feel like it choice.