Nearly every businessperson over 30 has done it: sat in his office after a staff meeting and - reflecting upon the 25-year-old colleague with two tattoos, a piercing, no watch and a shameless propensity for chatting up the boss - wondered, What is with that guy?! We all know the type: He's a sartorial Ryan Seacrest, a developmental Ferris Bueller, a professional Carlton Banks. At once a hipster and a climber, he is all nonchalance and expectation. He is new, he is annoying, and he and his female counterparts are invading corporate offices across America. 

Generation Y: Its members are different in many respects, from their upbringing to their politics. But it might be their effect on the workplace that makes them truly noteworthy - more so than other generations of twentysomethings that writers have been collectively profiling since time immemorial. They're ambitious, they're demanding and they question everything, so if there isn't a good reason for that long commute or late night, don't expect them to do it. When it comes to loyalty, the companies they work for are last on their list - behind their families, their friends, their communities, their co-workers and, of course, themselves. But there are a whole lot of them. And as the baby-boomers begin to retire, triggering a ballyhooed worker shortage, businesses are realizing that they may have no choice but to accommodate these curious Gen Y creatures....

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Do you think 20-somethings are apathetic workers?
Nearly every businessperson over 30 has done it: sat in his office after a staff meeting and - reflecting upon the 25-year-old colleague with two tattoos, a piercing, no watch and a shameless propensity for chatting up the boss - wondered, What is with that guy?! We all know the type: He`s a sartorial Ryan Seacrest, a developmental Ferris Bueller, a professional Carlton Banks. At once a hipster and a climber, he is all nonchalance and expectation. He is new, he is annoying, and he and his female counterparts are invading corporate offices across America.

Generation Y: Its members are different in many respects, from their upbringing to their politics. But it might be their effect on the workplace that makes them truly noteworthy - more so than other generations of twentysomethings that writers have been collectively profiling since time immemorial. They`re ambitious, they`re demanding and they question everything, so if there isn`t a good reason for that long commute or late night, don`t expect them to do it. When it comes to loyalty, the companies they work for are last on their list - behind their families, their friends, their communities, their co-workers and, of course, themselves. But there are a whole lot of them. And as the baby-boomers begin to retire, triggering a ballyhooed worker shortage, businesses are realizing that they may have no choice but to accommodate these curious Gen Y creatures....

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14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/29/07 - 4:23:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
Some of them are, but not all of them.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/29/07 - 4:33:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that's a generalization-it depends on upbringing and personality type. I think that 20 somethings are less career focused than their older counterparts though.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/29/07 - 4:37:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I've heard people used to work for the same company for life. Supposedly companies would take of their employees and employees were loyal to their companies. Its changed since their isn't much loyalty on either side. This has been going on for decades, not just Gen Y
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/29/07 - 4:47:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think you can stereotype a whole group of people this way. Some are, some aren't. The same can be said of any other age group.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/29/07 - 5:08:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/29/2007 4:33:31 PM QandA wrote:
I think that's a generalization-it depends on upbringing and personality type. I think that 20 somethings are less career focused than their older counterparts though.
I agree with the first part- not the second part. 20 somethings are more career focused because they have more life ahead of them, older workers have their career already and are more looking forward to other benefits. But I think that the reason they may be construed as apathetic is because they are bored with the board meetings and want to do something exciting.
14 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Tuesday 5/29/07 - 5:22:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think that twenty somethings often have feelings of entitlement because they were raised being told that they could do absolutely anything. The downside is that they were never told that they have to start at the bottom and work there a**es off in order to attain their "anything". This reflects in their work ethic, they expect a huge paycheque and big bonuses or promotions for doing minimal work.

Just a note, this is in a strictly stereotypical sense, I know that there are plenty of twenty somethings that are not like this in any way, shape, or form.

14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Friday 6/22/07 - 3:58:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like the age breakdown on this.
14 yrs ago - Wednesday 4/30/08 - 2:49:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
Since the article seems to be reffering to white-collar business jobs, no. I think at least a little dash of apathy for a person is that feild is healthy. Its stupid to burn yourself out trying to climb that ladder.



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