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Generation Y Brings New Demands to the Workplace

Are the Demanding Descriptions of Gen Y Accurate?

New surveys and conversations among human resources execs make it seem like employees under the age of 29 (also known as Millenials and Gen Y) are a bratty bunch. A new CareerBuilder survey shows that we supposedly expect our employers to provide more benefits and other perks than our older colleagues — namely, better pay, a flexible work schedule and company-provided BlackBerrys and cell phones. Additionally, 87 percent of hiring managers say we exhibit a sense of entitlement that older generations don’t.

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nicachica nicachica 7 years
and yes, i was one of those students who took on loans (30k) to go to college and worked my way through school so it made me very appreciative of the value of hard work and working your way up from the bottom.
nicachica nicachica 7 years
gbrsgirl, if you're in d.c. and your company is hiring, please PM me! hehe, anyway, i'm a Gen-Y gal and yes, i do agree that there is a sense of entitlement in my generation but i think that applies more to the people who had everything paid for and didn't have to work during high school/college. frankly, i think it has more to do with class than generation. i went to a school with a high concentration of the country club set and they had a very entitled air to them even though they never worked. they were able to take internships without having to be paid and thus got a leg up on students who had to be paid (and thus couldn't take those highly coveted internships). am i way off base here? i think that there's something to be said about class distinction in this discussion.
nicachica nicachica 7 years
gbrsgirl, if you're in d.c. and your company is hiring, please PM me! hehe, anyway, i'm a Gen-Y gal and yes, i do agree that there is a sense of entitlement in my generation but i think that applies more to the people who had everything paid for and didn't have to work during high school/college. frankly, i think it has more to do with class than generation. i went to a school with a high concentration of the country club set and they had a very entitled air to them even though they never worked. they were able to take internships without having to be paid and thus got a leg up on students who had to be paid (and thus couldn't take those highly coveted internships). am i way off base here? i think that there's something to be said about class distinction in this discussion.
cubadog cubadog 7 years
gbrsgirl we were all told that LOL.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Jrosenberg02, I feel you on what you said about those who actually put in the work vs those who haven't done the work. I have worked with individuals and know ones that want a job paying a certain amount but have no experience, qualifications, or education but they feel they deserve the job It's weird. My hats goes off to you and other ladies that went into debt to put themselves through college and did it alone. I know what you mean with the ridiculous debt - I wonder will there ever be a law that will dismiss this ---LOL, I guess I can dream.
mandy_frost mandy_frost 7 years
Here, here ashcwebb. If they are going to ask for more from us, of COURSE we will ask for more from them. And a higher salary than the last generation... duh. Of COURSE. Prices are higher. We aren't psycho brats. We just want to be compensated for our efforts.
jrosenberg02 jrosenberg02 7 years
I think there's a BIG difference between gen. y-ers who feel entitled because they've put in a significant investment on their education, and gen. y-ers who feel the same sense of entitlement because they see other people getting these perks, even though they haven't done jack shit. If you put in the time and the money I don't think it's wrong to expect certain things from your job (especially a retirement account and salary level), but to want it from nothing is ridiculous. I know people who didn't go to college, or went to community college, and still think they should have high salaries and all the perks. Believe me, if I hadn't gone into $140,000 of personal debt (my money, not mommy and daddy's) and busted my ass to get into a good school and do well once I got there, I wouldn't feel comfortable asking for ANYTHING beyond a paycheck at the end of the week. You should get what you put in, and if you don't want to put the time and money into school up front you should have to work your way up, just like the older generations who didn't necessarily need a degree. That said, I work in a very transparent industry where starting salaries and benefits are public and competitive, so most places have pretty similar deals to offer. Which was nice, because I didn't pick the job that gave me the most perks, I picked the one I loved the most.
jrosenberg02 jrosenberg02 7 years
I think there's a BIG difference between gen. y-ers who feel entitled because they've put in a significant investment on their education, and gen. y-ers who feel the same sense of entitlement because they see other people getting these perks, even though they haven't done jack shit. If you put in the time and the money I don't think it's wrong to expect certain things from your job (especially a retirement account and salary level), but to want it from nothing is ridiculous. I know people who didn't go to college, or went to community college, and still think they should have high salaries and all the perks. Believe me, if I hadn't gone into $140,000 of personal debt (my money, not mommy and daddy's) and busted my ass to get into a good school and do well once I got there, I wouldn't feel comfortable asking for ANYTHING beyond a paycheck at the end of the week. You should get what you put in, and if you don't want to put the time and money into school up front you should have to work your way up, just like the older generations who didn't necessarily need a degree.That said, I work in a very transparent industry where starting salaries and benefits are public and competitive, so most places have pretty similar deals to offer. Which was nice, because I didn't pick the job that gave me the most perks, I picked the one I loved the most.
VennieB VennieB 7 years
I'm under 29, so I guess I'm technically part of Gen Y. While I don't think it applies to everyone, a LOT of Gen Y-ers do feel entitled. I'm a graduate assistant (like a teaching assistant, but a graduate student) and the undergrads at my school are RIDICULOUS. The things they feel entitled to! I've had students not show up for an exam without any sort of valid excuse, just assuming that they'll be allowed to do a makeup. And THEN not show up for a makeup, because they decided they wanted to go out to dinner with friends. Then they have the nerve to get upset with me when I say "tough, you can't write another makeup". A professor of mine describes it as the 'Instant gratification' generation. People are so used to getting what they want, when they want (text messages, email, etc.) that they don't want to wait for anything. I'm not sure if it's the same in the US, but in Canada, they don't fail people in school anymore. They will pass ANYONE because they feel it would be more detrimental to their psychological well-being to fail them. I think that's absolute crap. If you don't fail them, they don't realize that they're doing anything wrong, and they'll keep doing it wrong! Anyways, sorry about the rant...but YES, a lot of us Gen Y-ers do feel FAR too entitled. You have to work for things people!
VennieB VennieB 7 years
I'm under 29, so I guess I'm technically part of Gen Y. While I don't think it applies to everyone, a LOT of Gen Y-ers do feel entitled. I'm a graduate assistant (like a teaching assistant, but a graduate student) and the undergrads at my school are RIDICULOUS. The things they feel entitled to! I've had students not show up for an exam without any sort of valid excuse, just assuming that they'll be allowed to do a makeup. And THEN not show up for a makeup, because they decided they wanted to go out to dinner with friends. Then they have the nerve to get upset with me when I say "tough, you can't write another makeup". A professor of mine describes it as the 'Instant gratification' generation. People are so used to getting what they want, when they want (text messages, email, etc.) that they don't want to wait for anything. I'm not sure if it's the same in the US, but in Canada, they don't fail people in school anymore. They will pass ANYONE because they feel it would be more detrimental to their psychological well-being to fail them. I think that's absolute crap. If you don't fail them, they don't realize that they're doing anything wrong, and they'll keep doing it wrong! Anyways, sorry about the rant...but YES, a lot of us Gen Y-ers do feel FAR too entitled. You have to work for things people!
freegracefrom freegracefrom 7 years
Yeah, I've worked nonstop for a paycheck (except for a few months in my senior year in high school) since I was 16. With an abundance of internships and volunteer work thrown in there as well. Can I ask what industry are you all hiring for? If you do end up hiring said obnoxious and demanding Gen Y/Millenials, why do you do it? I'm just trying to understand.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Tiff58, I totally agree with you, working at this time was the best experience in my life and gave me a great foundation.
tiff58 tiff58 7 years
I also wanted to add that we were talking about Gen Y in my MBA class today. My prof. said that many of the top companies recruiting undergrads today are sending offer letters to both the student and the parents--SERIOUSLY! To me, this is something that should not be acceptable.
tiff58 tiff58 7 years
Sweet as Sugar, I totally agree with you. If you are not entry-level, you should not be paid an entry-level salary. Same goes for those with degrees from very intense programs, and those who have high GPA's. The top companies recruiting out of college often have GPA requirements, and they pay for those candidates. Bella, I also worked all throughout my college career (and most of HS for that matter). My last two years I worked full-time. This is by far the most important experience of my life, and led me to the job that I have now. They were impressed with my work ethic.
tiff58 tiff58 7 years
Sweet as Sugar, I totally agree with you. If you are not entry-level, you should not be paid an entry-level salary. Same goes for those with degrees from very intense programs, and those who have high GPA's. The top companies recruiting out of college often have GPA requirements, and they pay for those candidates. Bella, I also worked all throughout my college career (and most of HS for that matter). My last two years I worked full-time. This is by far the most important experience of my life, and led me to the job that I have now. They were impressed with my work ethic.
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 7 years
As someon both in this generation and hiring from this generation I find Gen Y people to be very demanding and impatient. I have had so many employees work for me for a month or two and then demand (not ask) for a raise, a promotion, a credit card, an office, and on and on. All of them tell me that they feel like they deserve it. What they don't seem to understand is while they may have worked hard in school and at their internship, they've only worked for me for a month! What have they done to prove to me they are worth that type of investment? I work for a company that gives excellent raises, pays entirely for the employees health coverage and is very understanding if there are schedule issues or changes that need to be made. Yet even with this I have some emplployees (mostly of Gen Y) that feel they are not getting what they feel entitled. In defense of this generation, we were told that if we went to school and got a degree we all could have the nice car, corner office and big salary and that's not the case either. In how people are hiring right now it's coming down to experience then education.
gbrsgirl gbrsgirl 7 years
As someon both in this generation and hiring from this generation I find Gen Y people to be very demanding and impatient. I have had so many employees work for me for a month or two and then demand (not ask) for a raise, a promotion, a credit card, an office, and on and on. All of them tell me that they feel like they deserve it. What they don't seem to understand is while they may have worked hard in school and at their internship, they've only worked for me for a month! What have they done to prove to me they are worth that type of investment?I work for a company that gives excellent raises, pays entirely for the employees health coverage and is very understanding if there are schedule issues or changes that need to be made. Yet even with this I have some emplployees (mostly of Gen Y) that feel they are not getting what they feel entitled. In defense of this generation, we were told that if we went to school and got a degree we all could have the nice car, corner office and big salary and that's not the case either. In how people are hiring right now it's coming down to experience then education.
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 7 years
*way = weigh. Long day at work! :p This generation Y topic fascinates the heck out of me! I think it's so interesting to hear all the different views.
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 7 years
*way = weigh. Long day at work! :pThis generation Y topic fascinates the heck out of me! I think it's so interesting to hear all the different views.
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 7 years
Hey LadyGypsy, My investment, mom's investment, whatever. For pickiness sake let me edit to add my mother's investment. I totally agree with you, good grades don't guarantee you a wicked entry-level salary. BUT I think that it's a chain of events - good grades lead you to good opportunities like volunteering and interning where your eligibility may way heavily on your GPA. Those activities should buff up your resume and give you experience before you settle into your actual career. That experience plus reviews from references should surely result in fair compensation in an entry-level position - if you're not totally green in your field that should be recognized and paid for accordingly. Am I wrong?
Sweet-as-Sugar Sweet-as-Sugar 7 years
Hey LadyGypsy,My investment, mom's investment, whatever. For pickiness sake let me edit to add my mother's investment.I totally agree with you, good grades don't guarantee you a wicked entry-level salary. BUT I think that it's a chain of events - good grades lead you to good opportunities like volunteering and interning where your eligibility may way heavily on your GPA. Those activities should buff up your resume and give you experience before you settle into your actual career. That experience plus reviews from references should surely result in fair compensation in an entry-level position - if you're not totally green in your field that should be recognized and paid for accordingly. Am I wrong?
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Cuba, I am on the cusp-28. I have been working since I was 15 1/2. It wasn't always pretty jobs but it was steady work and flexible when I was in HS and college. I think working and going to school and gaining experience is different from saying I deserve this and that. I have had people come into an office and don't even know how to work a copier. I am sure none of you ladies have that problem.
sweetpeabrina sweetpeabrina 7 years
If they think that we're demanding and feel entitled wait until the next generation to come up. They're worse!
cubadog cubadog 7 years
Bella you bring up a great point I am considered Gen X but I have had a job since I was old enough to work and worked the entire time I was in college. Looking back I would say it was the best thing I ever did.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I came back to read what others wrote and I have a question: When you all were in school did you work? I actually had a full time job while I attended school and I worked at junior college and I worked in an office pt on the weekends. It was no treat but it was experience and taught me work ethic. It was not easy but I made it through college and grad school, I even picked up a internship and volunteer work during grad school when I negotiated with my job --telling them it was a class but really an internship I did twice a week. I was just wondering what everyone situation was when they were in school.
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