I visited my parents this weekend.
My family is pretty crazy, so I usually limit my visits to holidays and birthdays. However, my sister just had a baby, and everyone was getting together, so I had to come up.
During dinner last night, my father went into a rant about how our generation is lazy and doesn’t want to work for anything. This offended me, because I support myself and I’m certainly far from lazy. Yet, this is a huge generalization that a lot of people make about Generation Y, without batting an eyelash.
Here are a few others that come to mind:
- Generation Y expects constant praise and a gold star for ”effort”: We don’t expect to be babied and constantly praised. Positive reinforcement works for employees of all generations. Aside from money, it’s a great motivator. Life is hard. We all need assurance and a pat on the back from time to time. That’s it!
- Generation Y mooches off their parents: Yes, it’s very common for Generation Y to move back in with mom and dad after graduating. The good ol’ days, when a college grad would get a middle-class income, buy a house, AND have a family, are long gone. The point of moving back is to save money while Generation Y desperately
clings to its youthlooks for a job and pays off student debt. Sounds practical if you ask me. The lazy, mooching college grad isn’t the rule, and should stop being used to label the rest of us.
- Generation Y expects to make at least $80,000 / year right out of college: This is funny. I expected to make at least $60,000 out of college. Then I got a really sobering reality check. That was it. Guess who else got a sobering reality check when they entered the job market? Everyone else. Mind you, we were misguided by our parents! We were told that if we studied hard, got good grades, and graduated with honours, employers would be hounding us down, practically begging us to work for them. Or was that just my parents?
Baby Boomers are quick to point their fingers at us and scold us for not having our shit together. To this I say, Tell me good sir, how am I to fill a position that doesn’t exist? Moreover, why won’t you fucking retire already?
The thing is, every generation has a bone to pick with the one right after it. When we reach 40, we’ll look at the new generation and judge their choices, abilities, and taste in music.
How have negative Generation Y stereotypes affected you?