November 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm #116028
Check out the graph and sidebar discussion. So Millennials are better at following orders?
November 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm #116052
A person born in 1982, graduated from college at the age of 21 or 22 would have roughly less than 10 years of work experience. What comparison would they have between a good boss or a bad boss?And what is the point again? More marketing to show why employers should hire those under the age of 25? Cheaper labor?
November 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm #116050
Fascinating…maybe those new to the workforce have lower expectations?
November 22, 2010 at 11:26 pm #116048
Perhaps the economy plays a part. I would imagine that college graduates (or those opting to join the ranks of the employed) are happy to have a job in these scary/crazy times. There’s so much competition for jobs these days, and I think colleges/universities are trying to prepare and assist graduates (better than they have in years past) with the tough job search. This includes educating them as to how the workplace is in this tough economic climate — there’s so many overqualified people willing to take positions they wouldn’t ordinarily cosider, which makes it tougher for those entering the workforce (or with 3 or less yrs. of work exp).
November 23, 2010 at 1:10 am #116046
What surprised me about this were two things:
1) The lowest scores of approval were from the Baby Boomers.
2) Everything I have read on this subject says that Millennials and Boomers would get along better than Generation X and the Boomers. But the scores are almost the same for Xers and Millennials.
November 23, 2010 at 1:14 am #116044
@Michele – The actual point of the article is that over-qualified folks will start switching jobs once the economy improves. Not a very profound point but I was attracted by the poll which seemed to contradict conventional wisdom on the generations. What does it mean? I have no idea.
Good point on if Millennials have enough experience to determine what makes a good boss. I can say that from my personal experience working my first few jobs, I could quickly tell what makes a bad boss! 🙂
November 23, 2010 at 1:25 am #116042
More baby boomers are probably in positions where they are over qualified or maybe have seen there life savings take a serious hit.
November 23, 2010 at 2:19 am #116040
It really should not be too surprising to find data that contradicts conventional wisdom on generations since 1. generations themselves are artificial constructs with little real meaning (ex. Boomers cover roughly 1945 to 1965 so they hardly have common life experiences) and 2. most “conventional” wisdom regarding generations is nonsense developed by advertisers and consultants trying (successfully) to sell marketing campaigns and HR seminars to gullible clients.
November 23, 2010 at 12:08 pm #116038
I meant “their” life savings, not there.
November 23, 2010 at 12:15 pm #116036
@Peter – I agree with you on your two points. I just find it ironic that when actual research is applied to the issue the results contradict the conventional wisdom as promulgated by the popular books and consultants. But I am certain there will be an explanation and I can attend a seminar to set me right on how to think about the generations. 🙂
November 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm #116034
Bill — Thank you for reminding me about the books. Can’t forget critical sources of revenue when developing BS theories of generational interaction.
November 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm #116032
I would be curious to see a longitudinal study that asked these questions of the various generations over, say, a period of 60 years.
Is there just something about being young that allows a person to see the world through a more positive lens?
Not enough time for decades in the working world to get a person down?
As for the Boomers, I suppose many are feeling disappointed by the sour economy as they approach retirement and a little bitter that their retirement dates have been pushed back a few years?
November 30, 2010 at 5:57 pm #116030
Laura A. HallParticipant
Maybe it’s because we GenXers are the bosses of the millenials?! And clearly we are great bosses!
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