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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Generation Gap

Yesterday, I went to a seminar on employee retention, and no, we aren't talking about PMS or Dams. One of the major points that they brought up was that many of the problems between employees are due to the generation gaps. Baby Boomers don't understand Gen X (think Reality Bites) or Gen Y (aka: Echo Boomers). I was surprised to find that my birthyear marks the start of the Echo-Boomers (god, that sucks).

Anywho, the Baby Boomers, at 76 mil., are the largest generation in the workforce today and their attitudes are quite different from me and my buds. They are mostly about company loyalty and consistency. zzzzzzzzz

Us Echo Boomers, on the otherhand are impatient and into change and instant gratification. Which really triggered some fun discussion amongst the participants at the seminar.

One bitch-woman who found it important to wear shades indoors said, "but you aren't loyal to companies, how can companies trust you? What happened to loyalty?"

To which I responded, "Well, we've grown up with IBM's back-peddling on their "employment for life" concept, the loss of pensions, the removing of retiree benefits, and down-sizing. Why the hell would we be loyal to companies? Compile that with the dot com bubble bursting, Enron/WorldCom, and out-sourcing, and you think we would trust an organization? Fuck No, we won't! We've seen few organizations worth trusting. We've seen no loyalty from companies and therefore are into self-preservation."

Think about it.



At 10/20/2006 4:21 AM, Blogger Amanda's whiny, bitch-ass comment is...

Being loyal to a company is fine if you're working for the family business, but how can you feel connected to a faceless corporation? It's an outdated concept. Like listening to people who wear sunglasses indoors who aren't Stevie Wonder.

Today's verification word is "basijp," which is also possibly the name of some outsource victim's replacement.

Oh, snap, that was well-executed.


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