Do Gen Y actually listen at all?
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.