Life stage is important in the way that people think and behave. Baby Boomers (people born between 1946 and 1964), Generation X (born between 1965 and 1976), and, Generation Y or the Millenials (born between 1997 and 1998) indeed have values and work styles that are different from each other. These can lead to (sometimes) misunderstandings between people.
Baby Boomers and Generation X view long hours as evidence of loyalty and hard work. They feel that you have to “pay your dues” to your company, that, if you hate your job, that’s just part of life.
Now, let us take a closer look at the “Millenials”, the Now Generation.
Millenials try to have more work/life balance. They are independent, creative, and forward thinking. They celebrate cultural diversity, technology, and feedback, and they prefer more of an individualized approach to management. They also value teamwork and open communication. They encourage collaboration. They have an open understanding of their peers and other people’s perspectives.
Generation Y spends more time building relationships with their teams. They value their family time. They also give their staff enough time for personal lives. As a result, corporate culture becomes less rigid, bringing more flexibility and a sense of fun.
The Now Generation totally differs from their predecessors. If you are a Millenial and you want to make it big in your area of expertise — to be among the best and brightest leaders, you need to look for an environment that’s geared to your values.