It seems like each day I stumble onto an article, blog post, or special report about the Generational gap in the workplace. It starts out productive for all points of view : how Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers and Millennials can work together… and then it takes a sharp turn and becomes a tutorial for dealing with young people. Typically, these how-to’s are sugarcoated in lots of “compli-sults” (insults shrouded in a faux / weak compliment, e.g. “stuck in their cell phones, but great with technology!”), and generalizations about one of the most diverse generational ranges in history : 1981-2000 covers a lot of ground. Think about that : right now, Millennials range from 14 to 33 years old. Some of us are divorced parents by now, and some can’t even drive. When the recession hit, we were somewhere between 8 and 27.
As a response to these seminars (often lasting several hours) and dime-a-dozen lessons, I’d like to turn the tables for one moment and look at it from the other side of the equation. As a Millennial, how do you deal with Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers in the workplace?