One of the biggest stereotypes about Millennials or Generation Y, is that they only want to communicate through technology. GenY’ers don’t like meetings, they’d rather collaborate via shared Google Docs whereas Baby Boomer colleagues feel work is better done via Outlook-scheduled meetings in windowless conference rooms. GenY’ers are embracing all that is technology to the fullest, while babyboomers are often described as technophobes, hesitant to adapt to the rapidly advancements in technology. Both at work and at home. A very interesting story at Forbes.com by Meghan Casserly.
Millenials and boomers dont’t have the same attitude towards technology and on what’s “cool” as boomers have, fair enough, we know that by now and: we can even challenge this (my father, a typical boomer, has got himself an iPad from WORK, I mean, wow, I cannot say the same. He’s totally hooked on Wordfeud, has a Gmail account and is definetely on Twitter with 31 followers and on Facebook to check my photo’s of his granddaughter).
This said, one other big stereotype about the millenials and GenY’ers, is work ethic. Casserly: “Millennials, we’ve heard, are coddled, entitled and expectant of a trophy for showing up at work every day. Conversely, Boomers are micro-managers who don’t respect the talents of young employees. Unfortunately for both cohorts, there is undeniable truth to these particular generalizations. More unfortunately for the Boomers, they’ve got only themselves to blame. Helicopter parents, it seems, have become helicopter managers at work.”
At Forbes, Meghan Casserly is at the end of her story asking the question I’ve adapted and chosen as a title for this blogpost. Do Millennials and Gen Ys butt heads in your organization? (I think she meant GenX instead of GenY). Are the differences between the generations on the workfloor that huge, that it almost stands in the way of a good collaboration between colleagues of different generations? Do the generations understand each other?