Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Generations Declare War

The title is perhaps an overstatement. Perhaps.

In Generations Declare War at Home and on Work Fronts, we learn that the generational issues among Boomers, Gen X, and Gen Y exist in Australia too. The survey, authored by Mark McCrindle, interviewed small focus groups and reached these conclusions:

"Generation X, now entering their forties, is waiting their turn for senior leadership roles and may have to wait longer as the older generation of baby boomers is still going strong," Mr McCrindle said.

"People are retiring later in life and generation X-ers are feeling frustrated at their lack of advancement up the career ladder. But baby boomers don't like the idea of being dismissed."

The older members of gen Y (aged 13 to 27) are struggling to get a stable foot in the workplace.

Forty per cent of working gen Ys are employed on a casual basis and resent their elders, who grew up in a "job for life" environment. If that wasn't complicated enough, the baby boomers and gen X are getting riled by gen Y's demands for more flexible conditions and increasing work-life balance.

I have to say that I hear these sorts of descriptive statements a lot when I talk to people about their work: frustration on all sorts of levels.