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Gen Y's perspective (pun intended) on our journey through work, life, and everything in between.

What are common misconceptions about Gen Y employees? (Pt. 2)

A few days ago I shared a Q&A on the misconceptions of Gen Y employees from someone who manages them. In my attempt to prove a point, I asked a few people the same list of questions.

We now have part two of the series. This Q&A was answered by Angelica Colantuoni. Angelica is currently the VP of Digital at Weber Shandwick in Chicago, and allegedly a reader of Gen Wise Perspective (I’m still not convinced anyone but my mom and Kim read this blog).

So what did Angelica have to say?

1. Does age affect your decision when hiring employees?

Not at all.

2. Do you base an employee’s job role/position on their age?

No.

3. Do you consider someone at a “junior level” less competent than those at a “senior level”?

Not at all. Everyone’s different and brings different strengths to the table regardless if you are junior or senior.

4. What is your overall opinion on age as it relates to an employee’s capabilities/performance?

My overall opinion is that age doesn’t necessarily equal maturity. Lately, I’ve seen more signs of immaturity in those with years and years of experience than I have with people who are just starting their careers.

5. Are there things you think younger generations excel at over others?

I still think that this is an individual thing rather than a sweeping generalization that millenials are more digitally savvy (for example.) We’re all individuals and we all excel in different areas….this isn’t based on age.

6. What is the biggest difference in managing Gen Y employees over others?

From my experience, it’s the desire to get promoted at lightning speed. We all want to get promoted and I suffered from that a bit too as I was starting out but it seems the time frame has gotten shorter as to when they want to get promoted to the next level.

7. is an advantage to assigning junior level employees to projects over senior level employees?

I don’t see an advantage one way or another. Whoever is going to have a smile on their face and make me laugh as we do the assignment together is who I would gravitate towards.

8. What is the number one thing you would say that junior level employees can learn from senior level execs?

Curiosity. I think the most successful execs out there have a natural sense of curiosity…for news, trends, business, etc…This makes your career and life much more satisfying.

9. What surprises you the most about your junior level employees?

I would have to agree with Gini on this one. I’m always surprised on their dependence/relationship with their parents for help with decisions. I’ve seen parents get involved in some reviews because they weren’t happy with the feedback that they received. That’s just crazy to me.

10. Anything else to add on this overall topic? A personal experience you’ve had?

I don’t have one personal experience to share but overall I think it’s all based on personalities and work ethics. I’ve found lately that I tend to have a better working relationship with those that can have fun at their job and not take themselves too seriously whether or not you are 23 or 63. And, honestly, there are very immature and self-absorbed senior level execs out there that take themselves way too seriously. They could take a lesson or two from some Gen Y employees…..

 

And yet again we see it’s about “personalities and work ethics,” rather than age itself. Yes, Gen Y clearly has some flaws (doesn’t everyone?) but they aren’t necessarily ones that make us incapable of performing a job well.

Stay tuned for parts 3 and 4 of this series. I’d love to hear anyone’s thoughts on the subject, so please feel free to share them in the comments.

Also, if you’re feeling ambitious about answering all of these and would like to get involved, just let me know and we’ll extend this into a longer series 🙂

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52 thoughts on “What are common misconceptions about Gen Y employees? (Pt. 2)

  1. I just saw this retweeted by U30Pro and I’m really enlightened by these insights about millenials (Gen Y). It’s great to see that actual age doesn’t seem to matter as much as attitude and aptitude.

    Though the answer to question eight really shocks me. I was always under the impression Boomers and Gen X perceive millennials as fairly curious about the world around them. Since we grew up in an information age without borders, we are able to freely learn about pretty much anything (hurray internet!). I wonder if this causes us to filter out things that don’t specifically relate to what we’re interested in. Are we self-censoring ourselves and losing that curiosity that way?

    I’m looking forward to parts three and four!

    • Jackie Lampugnano on said:

      Thanks for commenting! I’m also glad to see age doesn’t matter as much as attitude and aptitude–that’s pretty much always been my point of view, but it’s nice to see it confirmed.

      I suppose that question 8 isn’t necessarily saying that Millennials aren’t curious about the world around them, but I do think we have a tendency to think we know everything when we don’t. Maybe we have that tendency because we grew up with the ability to access any information we wanted (“information age without borders” as you put it). You’re probably right that we’re just filtering out things that don’t specifically relate to us. Or maybe it’s just that because we can find out what we want to know about particular topics, we aren’t as curious about all of the other things happening around us?

      Hopefully 3 and 4 will be up soon!

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  3. @asandford on said:

    Very interesting series so far. I like the emerging themes of perspective and maturity being attributes at any age. I’ve worked with Gen Y-ers (interns that we’ve then hired) for the last few years and have been extremely impressed with all of them. And it really is their maturity that impresses me. But, it’s maturity coupled with an ability to have fun both in the office and outside. That’s key. Looking forward to Parts 3 and 4. 🙂

    • Jackie Lampugnano on said:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts in the comments. I’m happy to hear you’ve had a good experience with Gen Y employees. I thin you hit the nail on the head about the theme of perspective and maturity being attributes at any age. That’s the argument I always take when I see these Gen Y vs. other generations arguments. It’s not the generation as a whole, it’s the individuals themselves. Although I’m sure there are some characteristics that might define each generation simply because of the time in which we were raised.

      I’m also looking forward to the next parts! Let’s see what other themes start to emerge 🙂

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