Gen Y in Corporate America

I was in Borders during my break (shocker right?) when the new Fortune magazine caught my eye. It was about Generation Y-ers in Corporate America and how companies have no choice but to accomadate them.

Found the article on the ‘net:

Attracting the twentysomething worker – The baby-boomers’ kids are arching into the workplace, and look out: This crop of twentysomethings really is different.

The article offers up a Disclaimer that I wasn’t sure to be amused with or to feel a bit insulted: “This collective portrait does not represent all Gen Yers, some of whom are complicated enough to choose the road less selfish – getting married, starting nonprofits – and some of whom can’t afford to be this entitled. While parents were consulted, they spoke strictly on background, in the interest of their mental health.”

In the magazine, they showed a picture of one guy and a list of how to “Spot the Gen Y” (this is also in the link) I was reading it and got to “Hipster Clothes – Jeans, sneakers, hoodie – and a jacket? Behold, the new corporate uniform.”

I looked down at what I had on – Jeans, sneakers, and a hoodie. And a hijab of course.

Another choice quote from the article: “When it comes to Gen Y’s intangible characteristics, the lexicon is less than flattering. Try “needy,” “entitled.” Despite a consensus that they’re not slackers, there is a suspicion that they’ve avoided that moniker only by creating enough commotion to distract from the fact that they’re really not that into ‘work.'”

I think the writer is trying to be funny.

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