Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on March 24
Sarah Horne of The New York Post recently penned an op-ed column entitled “A Slice of Humble Gen Y,” noting that the economic downturn might be a helpful wake-up call for a coddled generation that formerly “felt secure enough to brashly knock on their bosses’ doors and demand better assignments, better titles, better salaries.”
Now that the economy's crumbled, says Horne, these young employees are getting a stern reality check that hard work involves foregoing Facebook breaks for long hours, unappealing assignments, and little hand-holding. The only kudos this oft-praised generation can now expect? Not getting laid off.
And experts like Jean Twenge, PhD., author of "Generation Me: Why Today's Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled And More Miserable Than Ever Before," say that this downturn could also help overly helicopter-parented twentysomethings finally chart their own courses:
The fact that many of this generation's boomer parents are suffering financially as well could be a positive thing for the youngsters' sense of self, Twenge adds. "The cutting of the apron strings is in some ways a good development. If a parent is looking at their retirement and saying, 'I can't prop up my child's lifestyle forever,' it's a lesson. To have to stand on your own two feet is a good thing."
What are your thoughts? Is Gen Y getting a bad rap? Or is a harsh reality check needed for today's young workers?