Gen X perceptions a workplace challenge for Gen Y


Gen X perceptions a workplace challenge for Gen Y

Inter-generational conflict is rearing its head in the workplace.

We’ve all heard the adage perception is reality and herein lies challenges for Gen Y because the perception of many of their older colleagues is that they are lazy, expect too much, spend too much time on social media and have a poor work ethic.

With mid-year intakes just around the corner and a fresh pool of Gen Y’s entering the workplace it’s a good time to analyse these perceptions.

Perception one – Lazy. We can blame digital technology for this perception. Historically there was only one way to do anything. Now new technology arrives daily that can streamline most tasks and the work required to be done by any individual is not as onerous as it was in the past. What the Gen Y employee has to learn is that technology can have its own set of challenges. They need to ensure if they implement changes to any existing program that their work is backed-up and they need to continue to look for more tasks once a job is completed, not assume they can sit back for the rest of the morning or day.

Perception two – Is that they are entitled. These young adults have never gone through a year at school when they didn’t win a prize and are used to receiving lots of positive affirmations from their parents and teachers. Employers need to be aware of this and when it comes to correcting their behaviour, to cloak it in the right language…..

Read the complete article from The Age newspaper here.

Clare Maxfield is a corporate image consultant who works with graduates to polish their image and perfect their brand both before and after joining a company. Visit

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