ABC’s Good Morning America ran a segment on the trials and tribulations of working for a younger boss. The segment featured a 54-year-old woman who just couldn’t adapt to working for a 29-year-old boss.
“These days it’s not about time served – it’s about technological skills,” was the message.
Author and Career Specialist Tory Johnson suggested “open communication.” Identify your beliefs. Gen Y – workers born 1977-1991 – constitute the largest segment of the work force. These folks, says Johnson, believe authority comes from expertise and accomplishment – not time served.
“Older workers,” Johnson says, believe in the value of “time.” But younger workers argue, “If I am a stronger performer, I can leapfrog.”
Frankly, I think the issue is more complex. There *is* something to be said for perspective. The challenge comes not just from “resentment,” as the program suggested, but from a sense of feeling devalued. After investing so many years, we’re hearing, “Who cares what you did?”
It’s the corporate version of “So what have you done for me lately?”
which can be heard as, “Your life is meaningless.”
And who wants to hear that message?