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Generation X and Y in the Workplace
In an age of hard economic times, two income families, and the offspring of the baby boomers, Generation X and Y learned to adapt to changes very early in their lives. Instead of coming home to mom sitting in the kitchen with cookies and milk, children were shuffled off to daycare facilities or baby sitters. Others called “latchkey” children, came home to an empty house with instructions to get their homework done, never answer the door, and wait until “mom and dad” came home. These individuals are independent, resourceful, and extremely clever with technology. As they enter the workforce the need to be extremely self-sufficient is a key to success and job fulfillment. The downturn of the current economy combined with corporate buyouts and layoffs, Generation X and Y find themselves working alongside an aging workforce with the belief that corporations do not value their contributions and hard work. This concept makes it difficult for these individuals to attain projected financial goals and be successful. Seeking to retire at an early age to enjoy life, Generation X and Y are optimistic of the future and thrive to find balance in their professional and personal lives.
Expectations and Influences
The expectations and influences of Generation X and Y impact the workforce differently in many ways because of life experiences and backgrounds. Generation X, born between 1965 and 1980 grew up in the shadows of the boomer generation. Generation Y, born between 1981 and 2000 were raised by parents who wanted more for their children. Parents of both generations wanted to see their children go to college and attain careers they could enjoy rather than enduring the same work cycle as generations past. Generation X and Y were the first generations to come in contact with computers in school. This explosion of the technological age…...

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