The Differences Between a Gen X and Gen Y Boss

The Differences Between a Gen X and Gen Y Boss

I come from a generation of millenials, and with individuals of similar age taking over the economy, the work place is rapidly shifting and evolving from what it once was. Time waits for no one, and entrepreneurs are quickly taking over the world with their 6-figure entry-level profits one day at a time. Growing up, I was a definitive example of the millenial work force, I started working as soon as I was old enough to (15) and funded almost everything that I own. Besides covering for my tuition (which I am extremely grateful for and will forever appreciate), my parents instilled in me that anything that I wanted and didn’t need, would not be covered. Through trials and tribulations in the work force, I’ve noticed obvious differences between the Gen X and Gen Y boss.

The Differences Between a Gen X and Gen Y Boss

Work Hours

Gen X
If working full time, everything was a strict 9-5. Punch in’s and out’s are used to measure time, and tardiness is considered an infraction. Your comings and goings are noted and lunch/coffee breaks are cherished. They also keep track of all of your vacation days that you’ve used and count the days that you’ve called in sick. Monday’s and Friday’s can never be sick days since they’ll just assume that you want to extend your weekend.

Gen Y
Full time hours are a little bit skewed, they may or may not start at 9 AM. Depending on your personal schedule, you set your hours as long as you’re present for the requisite 8. You don’t mind staying after work hours to complete a task, and don’t seek OT. You lunch with your managers and may sometimes even forgo the lunch completely if something exciting is happening at work.

 

The Differences Between a Gen X and Gen Y Boss

Goals

Gen X
Your boss knows that you as the millenial is a threat to their position within the company. Young blood is highly sought after and doesn’t necessarily go out of their way to guide you through growth.

Gen Y
Your ethic and hard work is value, although you may be stronger in some aspects, your manager understands that it is a cohesive team that helps hold down the fort. Without fostering growth, the company itself will never grow.

 

The Differences Between a Gen X and Gen Y Boss

Hierarchy

Gen X
There is a strong feeling of a hierarchical ladder in the work place. Your uppers look down upon you because you’re yet to be at their level. You’re expendable and just another employee number. Your superiors may not even know your name regardless of the countless meetings you’ve had together.

Gen Y
Everybody knows their place, but no one is looked down upon. You were hired for a reason and your superiors know that. If they could do the work that you do, your position wouldn’t exist anyways. They cherish your work and don’t hesitate to give you recognition.

The Differences Between a Gen X and Gen Y Boss

Kitchen

Gen X
We all know that the most important route to a happiness is through the belly. But with strict lunch hours and sometimes forced adherence to specific foods not being allowed in the office, Gen X bosses lord over the kitchen with their rule. That delicious but pungent curry? Oh no, lid back on and back to the fridge it goes for dinner home. You want to have a meal at your desk? Nope, that’s an indicator of slacktivism. You must wait for lunch hour and converse with the others in the office.

Gen Y
On the other hand, Gen Y bosses populate the office with delicious freebies such as pop, chips, munchies and maybe even cake! Did you know that you can have unlimited ice cream at the Facebook offices? Talk about an inspiring work environment! I’d definitely show up to work willingly everyday if that was what it’s like all the time!

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[quote_center]What boss do you prefer?[/quote_center]

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