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Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on October 06
Career site Jobfox has surveyed over 200 recruiters about their perceptions of employee performance based on generation. And for the workforce’s youngest members—often referred to as Generation Y or the Millennials—the results weren’t pretty.
Only 20% of the recruiters classified the Millennials as "generally great performers," while a full 63% of Baby Boomers (43 to 62 years old) and 58% of Gen Xers (29 to 42) were given this distinction.
The only demographic that rivaled the Gen Yers for unexceptional performance was their book-end generation, the Traditionalists (63 and older), who were only considered "generally great performers" by only 25% of the recruiters surveyed.
Furthermore, 30% of recruiters went so far as to say the Millennials were generally poor performers. JobFox CEO Rob McGovern, for one, thinks it's the corporate leaders (not the young professionals) who need the attitude adjustment though. "Businesses must shed negative perceptions and learn new ways to incorporate Gen Y views into the workforce," says McGovern.
Do you agree with him? Or are Gen Yers the true slackers of the workplace rather than their Gen X predecessors, often assigned this very same label?