Get any employer started talking about the problems he or she faces in hiring and retaining good employees and the conversation is inevitably going to turn to the generation of the applicants and new hires as a significant factor in the job success of an employee.
The general perception by the “people in power” in business these days is that people under the age of 30 have a lousy work ethic. I hear about entry-level employees who aren’t interested in paying their dues, convinced they are entitled to move into the corner office on the day they are hired. I also hear about inappropriate dress, lack of loyalty and attendance woes among young people.
Baby-boomer managers are disgusted by the attitude of entitlement they perceive in younger employees. Capitalizing on this conflict between the generations has spawned a whole new area of specialty in business books.