My Message to Gen Y


The 60 Minutes Segment has ‘workforce bloggers’ buzzing about Generation Y.

Penelope Trunk and Employee Evolution are great bloggers who wrote about millennials, this week. Their thoughts are insightful and kindhearted — but I thought Generation Y was all about ADHD and text messaging while driving?

Turns out that most workforce bloggers believe that THIS GENERATION IS THE GENERATION THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORKFORCE. FOREVER.

(Although the media will say that about every generation, right??)

As a woman born at the tail-end of Generation X, I have key messages to deliver to anyone born after 1981:

  • Stop asking me for praise. If I wanted to spend time with the needy, I would volunteer more frequently.
  • You don’t get a parade for going to work and doing a good job. You get a paycheck.
  • Who told you that it’s okay to buy stuff you can’t afford?
  • If you live with your parents, you can’t afford an iPhone.
  • You can’t change the world if you don’t vote or don’t do your own laundry.
  • Do me a favor and read a novel or visit a museum, this weekend.
  • I know the education system failed you, but I’m tired of talking about Halo 3.
  • When in doubt, take some initiative and figure it out.
  • I’m not personally invested in your success unless your potential failure impacts my own salary or performance review.
  • Don’t rely upon the team to bail you out of a project or an assignment unless you give us part of your salary.
  • Stop trusting upper-management.
  • The CEO is not your father, and he’s not going to look out for your best interests.

I’m exhausted by all this Gen Y talk. Mama needs a martini. Class dismissed.

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