Its time to stop thinking 'them vs us'. We are all the future of business and industry whether Baby Boomer, Gen X, Millenial, Post-millenials, Lizard illuminati ...whatever!
Pointing out the differences in order to decide who is better or worse is missing the point entirely. Yes we are all different from our parents generation but one individual is different to the next regardless of generation. We must be adaptive and inclusive even if it feels uncomfortable; you can't stop the march of progress so why not get involved-be part of the change, steering it in a positive direction.
I was at the seminar this article was based on and much of the feedback was around the frustration that millennials don't stay around in one job for long. I tried to explain that it's not a choice, its a need. If your living expenses are high, you are saving for a near impossible mortgage deposit etc. you can't hang around one company waiting to be recognised and rewarded-you have to move on when opportunities arise. Millennials joined the world of work during a recession and as such (I may potentially be biased here...) most millennials don't know the meaning of laziness despite the stereotype of being entitled.
I myself have worked 7 days a week to pay the rent while I was starting my career, and I'm certainly not the only one. To me this is not a 'class' issue either, I was raised in a middle class home and had friends at school from varying degrees of wealth from poor working class up to well off and we are all on much the same economic level now and all have similar strong work ethics.
So...let's recognise and reward the next generation instead of excluding or stereotyping-they will be the bosses soon!
Does anyone else have thoughts about the codification of the generations and the implications for HR?