Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gen Y Stereotypes

At the Annual Summit in March at Eaglewood Resort & Spa, I attended a workshop entitled "Get Wise With Gen Ys."  It was a great class that centered around the three main generations currently represented in the workforce -- Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y (or Millennials). 

The facilitator went through a series of Powerpoint slides that showcased the major social, technological, and cultural impacts that influenced each group.  Later on, we discussed stereotypes that the generations are associated with.  Stereotypes for Gen Y were that we are lazy, do not react fast enough to problems, and do not seem to show enough emotion or care in the workplace.  Being a member of this generation and knowing my own work ethic, I disagreed.  But, many of the Generation X'ers and Boomers alike continuously mentioned these descriptions, so obviously there must be some truth behind them.

This blog post, "Do We Get Gen 'Why?'",came out on May 20th in the Harvard Business Review and divulged other Generation Y stereotypes.  Please read through and leave some comments as to whether you agree or disagree with the sterotypes presented.  I know that many IACC properties now have Gen Ys working at their properties, and I am curious to hear about how they come across to other generations.

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