My chops for penning this blog are that I am both a baby boomer and an employer. The social media biosphere is replete with (mostly) well-intentioned advice for what millennials need to do to excel in the workplace. These “rules” are usually handed down by older people who are well-established in their careers and hold positions of power and authority–in short–by baby boomers, who constitute a large majority of today’s professional power brokers, successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, etc.
Boomers are notoriously work-centric, goal-oriented, self-reliant, and competitive. Too often they find millennials self-absorbed, lazy, entitled, and narcissistic. Is it any wonder that the two generations might butt heads in the office? I think not–and that’s assuming a millennial can win a job from a boomer hiring manager in the first place.