I have to begin by saying that I'm a Gen-Xer. At one time, that meant that I was a slacker, or a rebel of some sort. And, admittedly, I have rebelled at times against institutions such as "Corporate America," even though those institutions have provided me with tremendous opportunity and reward. Now being a Gen-Xer means I'm getting older and looking at the next generation with wonder (as has every generation before me). What will become of the world with this so-called "generation me?"
Well, Julie Hanus has an idea. In the November-December issue of the Utne Reader, Julie's article "The Kid in the Corner Office" asks "Are Gen Y workers worth all of the coddling?" In the end, the answer may well be a resounding "Yes!" Julie contends that Gen Y is "a generation that wants to get feedback, have input, and engage in meaningful work. They want the companies to which they commit to be environmentally, socially and personally accountable."
I have to say I'm excited about this! A whole generation who is looking for LEADERSHIP in their institutions, and who want to be leaders. I believe they may just change those institutions that I and my fellow Gen-Xers rebelled against!
Posted by Renee Harness.