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Good News: Recession has Generation Y singing a new workplace tune

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."

Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/08/16/99213/recession-has-ge...

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In southeast Michigan it's

In southeast Michigan it's just nice to be employed. I've been looking for a better teaching job and every position opened has almost 1,000 applicants. You don't ask for anything, you count your blessings. You make what you can so you can share it with your struggling family members and friends.

Secondly, as a public school teacher, wrestling coach and councilman - my entire income is from tax dollars - there is no way I am asking for raises and increased benefits my neighbors who are barely getting by.

Get out of the cities and

Get out of the cities and back to the land folks.
Start from the GROUND FLOOR and work your way up.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds”
-Sam Adams

They are up to their armpits in student loan debt

and so becoming good, compliant slaves. I fail to see the good news here. If they adopted a new life ethic, and were bustin' hump growing their own food I would rejoice.

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

What comes after "generation Y"?

I'm guessing "generation Z". The question then becomes, what comes after "generation z"?

. . . generation "sticks and stones"

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
-Albert Einstein

And never forget, “Humans, despite our artistic pretensions, our sophistication and many accomplishments, owe the fact of our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

umm i believe that 'they'

umm i believe that 'they' have chosen the next gen nickname to me generation 'me' (no lie). cant remember where i read it from, and it may have even been a joke. but it would be funny, insulting, but very fitting.

Generation A again.

It rolls around every 26 generations (about 650 years).
I'm Generation X. The "Jedi Politics" generation.


Hmmm - Generation "Zzzzzzz?"

You know they love to let us know ahead of time - is that the plan, to have them be the last generation, then lights out? Why did we start in at "Gen X?" I never heard of "Gen W." Just wondering...

Truth exists, and it deserves to be cherished.

Baby Boomers were Generation W.


rolls eyes

go play with the baby for godsakes

cause right now, she's generation Zzzzzz

Safely swinging in the Neglect-o-matic swing.

just trying to change the habits fostered by the same generation

of this article writer and the persons they bothered to quote from that bankrupted this country, that is all, if the writer really cared to group think in terms of entire generations. guess what, at least generation y has a chance and less of them support social security. wanna engage in group think? how bout getting rid of yourself cus i think the amount of debt is worth many times of your actual output.

good news generation y singing a different tune?

bad news tax and spend dumbass parents of theirs still think more of the same?

always look towards children for change i see. parents sit there and watch tv.

Yep. Gen Y isn't the

Yep. Gen Y isn't the generation that destroyed this country. Hell, they're not even as bad as Gen X; THEY wanted the fast track, and a lot of them got it during dotcom and real estate bubbles. Gen Y is just learning from Gen X and the baby boomers. The baby boomers laid this country to waste.

You think you're one smart dude,

don't you Owl?



Note: the "Good News" is that

Gen Y is "singing a new song" in that they no longer expect to start at the top.

I think it is terrible that the job market is so bad and that people cannot find jobs. Perhaps we can fix this by importing cheap labor from and outsourcing jobs to foreign nations.

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well, yes, IF they have jobs--

I have some Y children--

and . . . they are very hard workers, but the job market is bad--

one is unemployed now--


it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--