Your Childhood Influences How You See Work
The world you grew up in is NOT the same one kids are growing up in today. We know, because you tell us ALL THE TIME how different things are!
Because the U.S. has changed so rapidly and so dramatically (according to some), you might find that you're needing a "translator" to help you understand your teammates.
Don't worry...we got you boo. (that's Millennial for "We can help"!)
Traditionalists 1924 - 1943
Traditionalists were predominantly shaped by the Great Depression (1929-1939) and military influences from their WWI-fighting parents and their own experience with WWII (1939-1945). Many current rules, norms, and policies this generation set in place after their return from war are based on military standards and are still enforced today. It's not uncommon to hear a "just be happy you have a job" come out when asking for a budget increase.
BAby Boomers 1944 - 1964
Boomers were heavily effected by being a part of a massive generation. They not only outnumbered their parents 3:1, but they also KNEW there were a lot of them (80 million births to be exact). Everywhere Boomers looked growing up there were kids! 40 kids in a classroom, 3 baseball teams in the neighborhood, a community pool jam-packed with children needing to cool off. This surge created a level of competitiveness they still struggle with today.
GenX 1965 - 1985
GenXers are "the poster child" for latch-key kids. Most of the time their parents had no idea where they were until the street-lights came on. They lived a very self-reliant life which fueled a hyper-independent and resourceful work-style. You'll find them frequently asking for forgiveness instead of permission and complaining about micro-management in any form. Additionally, a hard divide in the US occurred when the internet became widely available (thanks AOL circa 1995). Suddenly young people didn't have to "ask an adult" anymore, they could simply "Google it."
Millennials 1985 - 2005
In the early 1990s you were cool if you had a drivers license and a pager. Fast forward to 2018, if you don't have a smart phone by age 12 you're completely out of touch. The internet, Google, Social Media--these things are a huge part of the formation of Millennial outlook. However, there is a bigger thing that has influenced their perspective of work, and that is the Participation Trophies that THEIR PARENTS BOUGHT. By watering down competition, many Millennials now find themselves, as young adults, struggling to find how they stack up against their peers, needing more descriptive job descriptions and more frequent feedback.