Growing Enmity for Generation Y's Expectations of the Workplace

The most recent crop of college graduates has been called many things: narcissistic, lazy, impatient, unrealistic and (most commonly) entitled. But guess what? The Millennials, Generation Y, Generation U, or whatever you want to call them, are rapidly becoming the largest age demographic in the American workforce. By 2020, roughly half of the workforce will be comprised of this so called “doomed” generation. This means, whether you like it or not, everyone is going to have to learn to work with each other. For Millennials, the next decade will probably involve many a reality check and a great adjustment of expectations. For those who already possess tenure in the workforce, the challenge will be one of more hands-on management and allowing for a greater degree of flexibility. In an article from ERE.net, Raghav Singh discusses the drawbacks and advantages of this fresh batch of potential employees. One of the stickiest issues that he raised was an apparent generational tendency to expect rewards outside of the line of their abilities. Maybe there just needs to be a little growing up across the board: a little more realism from the kids raised on Harry Potter, and some more understanding from the former 8-track owners. To read the article from Singh, click the link below.

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