Wednesday, November 09, 2005

More Non-Health Care Blogging

This Yahoo News piece on Generation Y and the work place is highly hilarious, especially for those of us in said generation. Says Yahoo:
"I knew what a Roth IRA was at 17. I learned about it in economics class," says Hudson, an assistant account executive in Atlanta and a University of Alabama graduate. "My generation is much more realistic. We were in college when we saw the whole dot-com bust."
I can promise you that's not typical. I only learned what an IRA is during the SS-privatization debacle, and most of my friends still don't know what the hell that is.

"Generation Y is much less likely to respond to the traditional command-and-control type of management still popular in much of today's workforce," says Jordan Kaplan, an associate managerial science professor at Long Island University-Brooklyn in New York. "They've grown up questioning their parents, and now they're questioning their employers. They don't know how to shut up, which is great, but that's aggravating to the 50-year-old manager who says, 'Do it and do it now.' "
Are we really that annoying? God, I hope not.
"The millennium generation has been brought up in the most child-centered generation ever. They've been programmed and nurtured," says Cathy O'Neill, senior vice president at career management company Lee Hecht Harrison in Woodcliff Lake, N.J. "Their expectations are different. The millennial expects to be told how they're doing."
And that's a great thing, if you ask me. Everyone needs to be told how well/badly they're doing, it imporves morale and makes expectations clear.

The bottom line is the article is 100% personal anecdote, 0% research. But I got a kick out of it -- go read if you're interested in how our generation is being stereotyped.


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