A coworker sent me a link to a CBS video segment today titled "The Age Of The Millenials" that was pitched as a warning about an upcoming tide of young, tech-savvy, self-centered job seekers who are about to enter the workforce in the United States.
Point taken, a change is on the way and the world will be a different place when it is run by a generation that doesn't know anything before the CD player, personal laptop with broadband access, and iPod.
But it doesn't stop there. The article casts the generation of Millenials as those born between 1980 and 1995. Needless to say I had a few comments of my own. I just have to say it. Could the contributors in this segment be any more biased and out-of-touch?
One likely did a similar report a few years back on those fiery young whipper-snappers they call the baby boomers. The other makes her living by convincing corporate America that the same communication failings they have with their kids at home will soon risk their professional livelihood as well. That's easy cash.
My favorite line was the stated position that having four different corporate jobs within one year is commonplace among this new generation. If anyone is to blame for this behavior it's the idiots who hire people who held four different corporate jobs within the last year and then wonder why they're not long term contributors.
I especially love their specific mention of fun in the workplace as if it represents the degradation of the values of the American worker. Heaven forbid "the man" become a real leader and head down into the trenches to motivate and engage the troops. Here's to the good ol' days of corporate command and control! :)
Do you sense any bitterness that my birthday falls within the range of the Millenial?