A friend who works in HR for a large association is organizing a training session looking at how to manage four generations in the workplace. One of the participants actually sent in the below with his RSVP. I thought it was a particularly funny and apt way to characterize the stereotypical response from each generation:
Silent: Will be there at 14:00 hours prepared to identify opportunities to downsize costs.
Baby Boomer: Sounds great; we can combine it with a fun run and a community project. However, we need to make sure that this is morally pure.
Generation X: Another requirement for my calendar. I’ll be there, but I don’t get any reward for this extra work (as usual), and I’ll never have a decent standard of living. We’re only starting to get respect, now that we are the 2/3 star flag officers.
Gen Y (Millenial): DUDE! Sounds cool, and I will work it in between the company paid advanced computer training and my revision of my resume for my continuous job hunt.
[The Millenials might also organize an after-session cornhole tournament in the parking lot.]