Do Gen Y ac­tu­ally lis­ten at all?

The Northern Star - - NEWS - OPIN­ION DAVID KIRK­PATRICK Ed­i­tor

I’M not the type of per­son to bag out the younger gen­er­a­tion of work­ers com­ing through, as I have chil­dren in the same cat­e­gory.

But I re­ally do think Gen­er­a­tion Y or Mil­lenials, or what­ever you want to call them, lack a cer­tain emo­tional re­silience.

Whether that’s be­cause they have grown up with their par­ents telling them their ev­ery ut­ter­ance, draw­ing, song, sport­ing or aca­demic achieve­ment has been fault­less, I will leave open for de­bate.

I’m guilty of prais­ing up my kids just as much as the next bloke.

And ev­ery par­ent sim­ply wants to en­cour­age their kids. That’s nat­u­ral.

This is a gen­er­a­tion who’ve been brought up be­ing told their opin­ion counts.

But if you grow up be­ing told ev­ery­thing you do is good, and then you go to work and your boss hap­pens to think the job you did is de­cid­edly medi­ocre, where does that leave Gen Y or Mil­lenials?

Curled up in a cor­ner, storm­ing out of the of­fice or hav­ing a sick day per­haps?

That’s if they are lis­ten­ing at all.

Af­ter all, this is a gen­er­a­tion who’ve been brought up be­ing told their opin­ion counts and to speak their mind when­ever they want.

That’s doesn’t al­ways go down that well in the work­place, es­pe­cially if you don’t have much as ex­pe­ri­ence as the per­son teach­ing you.

Be­lieve me, as a young per­son who was taught to re­spect his elders and speak only when spo­ken to, I know it’s hard to take crap from on high.

Re­spect needs to be earned, it doesn’t sim­ply come with a ti­tle. In re­verse, in or­der to re­ceive re­spect a worker needs to earn it as well.

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