Organizational_Behavior_Meets_Generation_X_and_Y

Adaptedfromclairerainesbeyondgenerationxmenloparkca

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Unformatted text preview: (1980 ­ ) now 24 years old and younger • • • • • • Oklahoma City Bombing The Internet Clinton/Lewinsky scandal Columbine High School Massacre September 11, 2001 The popularity of ESPN Generation Y – Values and Work Generation Y – Values and Work Ethic • • • • • • • • Optimism Civic Duty Confidence Achievement Sociability Morality Street smarts Diversity • • • • • • Collective action Tenacity Heroic spirit Multi­tasking Technological savvy Have difficulty dealing with difficult people issues Be prepared… Be prepared… • • • • • • Education and teaching Business Computer related fields Law Psychology Medicine What makes them tick? What makes them tick? • They love a challenge • They function well as team members – a bit different from their older siblings in Gen X • They want to be heroes • They want to be surrounded by bright, creative people • They want it – right now How do you teach, train, and orient How do you teach, train, and orient them? • Allow plenty of orientation time • Create a clear, realistic picture of the work environment – good and bad • Spell out expectations and goals • Take the time to find out their goals and help them define a strategy for meeting them • Take note that gender roles of the previous generations do not apply The Myths surrounding Gen Y The Myths surrounding Gen Y • The youth of today are “going to hell in a handbasket.” – Experts believe this is a fine group of young people who will make heroes of themselves. • Adapted from Claire Raines, Beyond Generation X (Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications, 1997) The Myths surrounding Gen Y The Myths surrounding Gen Y • Today’s kids are getting a great education. – Not all of them. Gregory Schmidt of the Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA, says, “Tomorrow’s haves and have­nots are already diverging in today’s third grade classrooms as they either advance into the information age or fall behind for lack of reading and math skills or access to computers.” (Wall Street Journal, 2/9/97) • Adapted from Claire Raines, Beyond Generation X (Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications, 1997) The Myths surrounding Gen Y The Myths surrounding Gen Y • Kids need to spend more time reading and less time watching TV and playing video games. – Kids are spending more time reading. Business Week reports that surveys show video games cut into TV, not reading time. (4/19/97) • Adapted from Claire Raines, Beyond Generation X (Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications, 1997) Some takeaways for this generation Some takeaways for this generation • They are a unique mix – a very independent group politically • They are not as conservative as their older siblings in Generation X; however, are not as liberal as their Baby Boomer parents were when they were that age • They are religious, but not in a traditional sense Don’t forget… Don’t forget… • These are the children who grew up with Ronald Reagan as “The Great...
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2013 for the course JMC 3363 taught by Professor Yoon during the Fall '13 term at The University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus.

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