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Baby Boomers: Play Nice With Gen Y [WSJ]

Baby Boomers, you’d better learn to get along with Generatio...
Casa Gozo  07/02/12
lol just lol at Boomers calling us entitled
man o' ween  07/02/12
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.,,..,..,.,..:,,:,...,:::,.,.,:,.,.:.,:.,:.,:,  07/05/12
Not bad but lol at "diversity consultants"
.,,.,...,,......,,.,,,.,.,.,.,.,.,,.  07/02/12
Lol @ millennials thinking "clothes, tolerance, and tec...
and when i started to squeeze the bar brother  07/02/12
cr
Carl Spackler  07/02/12
tbf, those sound like survey answer options that boomers put...
'"''"''""  07/05/12
Do they publish a version of this every fucking day at this ...
The Senator  07/02/12
LOL at dumbcunt boomer Carly Fiorina taking a break from run...
.....,.,,,,,....,,,.,.,  07/02/12
cr lol boomers just lol
rot13dood  07/02/12
yes, because she has nothing to learn from her experience at...
.,.,,..,,,..,,.,.,,..,,,..,,.,.,.,..,.,.,.,,.,,.,.  07/02/12
(house millennial) fiorina is a failure wherever she goes...
Dsummertime Unchained  07/02/12
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.,,..,..,.,..:,,:,...,:::,.,.,:,.,.:.,:.,:.,:,  07/05/12
article reminds me of that great scene when poot tells herc ...
.,.,...,..,.,.,:,,:,...,:::,...,:,.,.:..:.,:.::,  07/05/12
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An alpha male strutting through your high school  07/05/12
oh yea. Real good business sense to show loyalty to any par...
PauliePorsche  07/05/12
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.,,..,..,.,..:,,:,...,:::,.,.,:,.,.:.,:.,:.,:,  07/05/12
Companies are ENRAGED that the labor market is becoming more...
Coriolanus  07/05/12
looks like Shirley Engelmeier's PR firm is earning its fee. ...
.,,.....,.,.,.,:,,:.,..,:::.,,.,:,.,.:..:.,:.::,.  07/05/12
There were a lot of anti-Gen Y articles during the recession...
Coriolanus  07/05/12


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Date: July 2nd, 2012 2:43 PM
Author: Casa Gozo

Baby Boomers, you’d better learn to get along with Generation Y.

Now in their teens through their early 30s, millennials are expected to comprise half of the workforce by 2020. As a group, they are bold, ambitious and demanding — qualities that many Boomers, eyeing retirement after years spent paying dues and diligently moving up the ladder, find enraging.

“I hear a lot of Baby Boomers say, ‘Who do they think they are?’” says Shirley Engelmeier, a diversity consultant who advises Fortune 1000 companies on employee engagement.

That tension can affect workplace morale. Many Baby Boomers describe their Gen Y colleagues as “impatient” and “entitled,” and treat them as such, she says. (One example: Not long ago, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina penned an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ahead of the company’s IPO, urging him to “be patient,” among other nuggets of wisdom.)

Others resent Gen Y-ers for moving up the ladder more swiftly than they did, says Engelmeier, who is also the author of a new book, “Inclusion: The new competitive business advantage.”

But rather than griping about the millennials in their midst, she says Boomers can learn from their younger cohorts. For one, the young generation is “more broadly competent than any previous generation that has entered the workforce,” she says.

Gen Y-ers, meanwhile, often feel they’re unfairly dismissed as gadget-savvy kids who know little about dealing with customers and building relationships. They feel companies put seniority ahead of ability, which explains why many young workers gravitate to startups, where ambitious workers are rewarded more quickly.

Both groups, it seems, would benefit from a little mutual respect. Here, according to Engelmeier, are four advantages that millennials bring to the workplace:

Gen Y is superior at technology. Millennials grew up with technology, so they’re more comfortable using it. Some tech and media companies are pairing managers with younger employees in a practice known as reverse mentoring. Engelmeier, who is 59 years old, says she recently learned how to use Twitter with the help of a younger staffer.

Gen Y isn’t loyal to one company. Blame it on the entitlement, but they’re more likely to hop from job to job. Compared to older generations, Gen Y has no problem leaving a job in search of a more fulfilling gig. That could explain why workers in that age group seem far more likely to launch companies and fearlessly switch careers.

More racially diverse than generations that preceded it, Gen Y is comfortable with ethnic diversity. That generation’s daily use of email, texting and social networks has also made it an interconnected social group, which can translate into more and better workplace collaboration.

Gen Y is impatient with the status quo. Sometimes dubbed “Generation Why,” it has learned to question almost everything, making it less than accepting of business as usual. Incidentally, this impatience is perhaps one reason why Facebook’s Zuckerberg succeeded in building a multi-billion-dollar company in under a decade, Engelmeier notes. “His impatience is what got him to where he is,” she says.

Gen Y, too, can stand to learn a few things from their Boomer forebears – like how to sell clients on a concept, earn their trust and close a deal, Engelmeier says. There’s also basic business protocol, such as what not to say or wear in a particular situation. (Though according to a 2010 Pew Research Center study, millennials cited “clothes” as one of the qualities that distinguish them, along with tolerance and technology use.)

It’s not certain that accepting these lessons would ease tensions in every office, but sticking to stereotypes and assumptions will only “get in the way of what could otherwise be great working relationships,” Engelmeier says.

http://blogs.wsj.com/atwork/2012/07/02/baby-boomers-play-nice-with-gen-y/

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003058)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:27 PM
Author: man o' ween

lol just lol at Boomers calling us entitled

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003255)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:12 AM
Author: .,,..,..,.,..:,,:,...,:::,.,.,:,.,.:.,:.,:.,:, (guy with Ryan Gosling haircut)



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019021)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 2:59 PM
Author: .,,.,...,,......,,.,,,.,.,.,.,.,.,,.

Not bad but lol at "diversity consultants"



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003125)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:04 PM
Author: and when i started to squeeze the bar brother (service guarantees citizenship)

Lol @ millennials thinking "clothes, tolerance, and technology use" make them special and unique.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003148)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:08 PM
Author: Carl Spackler

cr

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003168)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:25 AM
Author: '"''"''""

tbf, those sound like survey answer options that boomers put together.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019129)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:12 PM
Author: The Senator

Do they publish a version of this every fucking day at this point or what?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003189)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:18 PM
Author: .....,.,,,,,....,,,.,.,

LOL at dumbcunt boomer Carly Fiorina taking a break from running HP headfirst into the ground to give a millennial who basically invented a new media paradigm any business advice. Who does she think she is?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003214)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:21 PM
Author: rot13dood

cr lol boomers just lol

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003233)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:23 PM
Author: .,.,,..,,,..,,.,.,,..,,,..,,.,.,.,..,.,.,.,,.,,.,.

yes, because she has nothing to learn from her experience at HP. you seem like a dumb.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003238)



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Date: July 2nd, 2012 3:30 PM
Author: Dsummertime Unchained

(house millennial)

fiorina is a failure wherever she goes. It's laughable that she would think she was important enough to advise one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21003270)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:12 AM
Author: .,,..,..,.,..:,,:,...,:::,.,.,:,.,.:.,:.,:.,:, (guy with Ryan Gosling haircut)



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019024)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:07 AM
Author: .,.,...,..,.,.,:,,:,...,:::,...,:,.,.:..:.,:.::,

article reminds me of that great scene when poot tells herc that every year the police say this group of kids is far worse than the last.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21018968)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:30 AM
Author: An alpha male strutting through your high school



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019165)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:11 AM
Author: PauliePorsche

oh yea. Real good business sense to show loyalty to any particularly company in these days of cost cutting and getting shitcanned without reservation. Right. Real smart.



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019010)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:12 AM
Author: .,,..,..,.,..:,,:,...,:::,.,.,:,.,.:.,:.,:.,:, (guy with Ryan Gosling haircut)



(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019025)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:19 AM
Author: Coriolanus

Companies are ENRAGED that the labor market is becoming more fluid and competitive

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019076)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:20 AM
Author: .,,.....,.,.,.,:,,:.,..,:::.,,.,:,.,.:..:.,:.::,.

looks like Shirley Engelmeier's PR firm is earning its fee. remember when someone made that thread about "don't link to Forbes articles?" yeah, paid placement in media is the norm, not the exception.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019089)



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Date: July 5th, 2012 1:21 AM
Author: Coriolanus

There were a lot of anti-Gen Y articles during the recession, preceded by a lot of fawning pieces like this one during the boom. Does this mean detente? Are the boomers finally ready to go, and acclimating themselves to the idea of handing over the country's treasure to us snot-nosed brats?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=1984735&forum_id=2#21019094)