There is still a crazy divide between generation X and Y workers. While it seems that everybody is willing to understand each side, nobody can find the direct way to get both sides to see eye to eye. I loved how interactive this panel was at SXSW. Rather than listening to the panelists speak for the entire hour, folks from the audience from both generations got up and asked questions, expressed viewpoints and challenged opinions from everybody in the room. At first, this was a bit awkward, but as the session got more into it, it seemed as if the town-hall like setting of casual interjections and passive aggressive statements were being accepted in a respectful manner.
Biggest takeaway for me was probably the realization that Generation Y may in fact have the biggest internal gap of talent than any other generation. There is a lot of people out there who suck in every way possible when it comes to professional development. Some make me embarrassed to be part of the generation Y category. But acknowledging what great talent is out there within my generation makes we wonder just how wide the gap is...
Best / Worst Quotes
"Rather than a work-life balance, generation Y is seeking more a work-life blend."
"Lack of loyalty happens when uncertainty of why we belong in the bigger picture starts forming." -Response to a question asked on gen Y's issue of loyalty.
"Generation Y doesn't feel 'entitled' but more so 'empowered' today." -Comment made about breaking the resentment carried by Generation X towards Generation Y.
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