We’re not sure what it is with Generation Y Americans—the 22- to 29-year-old population—but no one seems to be warming up to them. Corporate America despises them not only as workers, but as bosses, too.
While Gen Y workers look up to their bosses as mentors, figures who are wise and experienced, bosses have a less favorable opinion of their younger employees as having “unrealistic compensation demands, a poor work ethic and poor concentration and focus,” BusinessNewsDaily said.
A study conducted by Millennial Branding, titled “Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success,” finds that the miscommunication between Gen Y workers and their bosses stem from their stance on social media. While young workers are more comfortable in connecting with their managers on Facebook and LinkedIn, “[j]ust 14 percent of managers say they are comfortable connecting with their employees on Facebook, while 24 percent say they are comfortable connecting on LinkedIn,” BusinessNewsDaily added.
Speculatively, bosses might assume that younger workers are much too consumed in the distractive social media realm to be diligent and efficient employees at their company. However, there is one good quality about the Gen Y worker: They are more ambitious and are more likely to see promotions as a perk. Older generations see promotions as a burden.
And corporate America can’t seem to stand Generation Y as bosses either, according to new research released from Ernst & Young LLP. A startling 68 percent of workers view their younger managers as “entitled” and only concerned with self-promotion, Today said. “Entitled workers, those who feel they are owed things from their organization and that their excellence is a given, are less likely to lead teams effectively and advocate for subordinates.
The perception of Gen Y management is alarming since the younger population is moving up the corporate ladder at a rapid pace. A survey discovered that between 2008 and 2013, 87 percent of Gen Y bosses took on a new management role compared to only 38 percent and 19 percent of Gen X and baby boomers, respectively.
“Part of Gen Y’s management problem may just be inexperience. The next older cohort, Gen X, ages 33 to 48, were perceived as the strongest managers by 70 percent of survey respondents,” Today explained.
Fortunately for Millennial bosses, not all the feedback is harsh. In addition to being tech-savvy, workers describe younger bosses as being leaders of diversity in the workplace.
Ever had a Gen Y boss or are you a Millennial worker? Do you agree with how young corporate America is perceived?