Good News: Recession has Generation Y singing a new workplace tuneSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 12:58
It was only five years ago that Miami accounting firm director Richard Berkowitz thought he had a problem during tax season relating to his younger workers. "When I told them it was mandatory they come in on the weekend, they looked at me like I was out of my mind."
Today, his younger workers are much easier to manage. The recession has brought a shocking reality to Generation Y professionals who stumped baby boomers when they first entered the workforce with their desire for work/life balance over the corner office.
Stunned by a barrage of pink slips instead of promotions, Generation Y — people between ages 18 and 30 — has swallowed a piece of humble pie. Those who still have jobs are adopting new workplace attitudes and making themselves more valuable.
They still want a chance at career development but they are no longer demanding that it happen on the fast track.
"This is the generation that dreamed they wanted to be CEO of a public company but didn't have an idea what to do to get there," Berkowitz says. "What's happened is that realization set in. They've discovered you have to be on the ground and working hard to accomplish great things."