Generation Y v. Millennial a new distinction
Last week I attended a training on generations. The trainer discussed the four generations in the workplace (Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y) and how we can all work with the different work styles. During the training, the trainer also mentioned another generation, the Millennials. She described the phenomenon of the division being created between individuals in their 20s and those younger.
She described the two generations as quite similar, but with a few very distinct differences.
Generation Y is tech savvy, optimistic, confident, diverse, individualistic and realistic. Generation Y doesn’t like to waste time in meetings, loves work/life balance, being effective, and multi-tasking when ever possible.
Millennials, as described by the trainer, are tech savvy, diverse, and individualistic, but this generation seems to have different expectations. We are seeing kids wanting something for nothing, putting off work as long as possible, and really being into celebrity. Think of anyone you know who is a teenager or even younger do they fit any of these characteristics?
Although the division isn’t purely formed yet, I can see what the trainer is talking about. Although my brother is over 20 I can see distinct differences between his friends and mine. I also hear from other friends with younger brothers and sisters that they see a difference. There is a strong difference in work ethic especially. I’m not necessarily calling the so called Millennials lazy, but the way they work is different. Everything I do I am thinking about how it will fit into my future plans, how will what I’m doing affect my mission for making a change, will what I’m doing matter. Right now I don’t feel like my brother and his friends have plans for their lives. Many his age are going to school just for fun, and thinking they want to be a star chef or superbowl hero instead of getting a steady job. This is just one example, I am sure there are many more.
What do you think, are you seeing the differences in the two generations? Do you think the trainer is on to something here?