Like all workplaces, mine has one particular challenging coworker. On Thursday this individual stated that, “as you’ll know if you’ve taken any HR training courses, this new group of young adults is just horrible to work with.” She went on to explain that she dislikes working with me and others like me Gen Y-ers. That I have usurped a position that I don’t deserve Gen Y-er’s sense of entitlement leads them to take on more responsibility than they are prepared to handle.
Without rehashing details, our 20-minute conversation was incredibly uncomfortable. I’m proud to say I kept my composure during our chat, speaking from my brain rather than my defenses.
Since the beginning of time, each generation has chastised the next. The “kids these days!” curmudgeon stereotype grew out of truth. My hypothesis: we’re raised to uphold particular values and bristle when a large group of people succeeds by flouting these same values.
The best way to work between generations, IMHO, is to interact with each coworker as an individual rather than a member of a subgroup. But what does one do when she’s already been pegged as a token subgroup member? I’m stumped.