Generation Y for Dummies
eWeek has a great article on the emergence of Generation Y into the work market. As Baby boomers slowly start to retire, management jobs are left opened, and we, of Generation X, take advantage of this situation to move up the corporate ladder. Generation Y is then there to fill in the gaps created by our promotion. As pointed out by the article, companies will have to treat this new generation of workers in a completely different way if they want them to be loyal and productive.
Generation Y, made up of those born between 1977 and 1990, goes by innumerable names—"The MyPod Generation," for their penchant for social networking sites such as MySpace and their surgically attached iPods, "The Baby Boomlets," referring to their status as children of the "Baby Boom" generation, and "The Boomerang Generation," in reference to the hordes who have moved back in with their parents after living on their own for a while—that tell you a lot about what to expect.
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