Gen Y and the "entitlement" thing | Lindsey Pollak's Blog

Gen Y and the “entitlement” thing

This article appears on the WORKS by Nicole Williams website — thanks to the team at WORKS for making it a featured story!

Here’s an unfortunate news flash: Current twentysomething career women—part of Generation Y—don’t always have the best reputation in the workplace. Perhaps you’ve heard some of the following comments made about your generation (not you, of course…just, um, other people your age):

“They don’t want to pay their dues.”

“They’ve been overly coddled and want instant feedback and instant gratification.”

“All they want to do is play on Facebook.”


No stereotype is ever 100 percent true (and lots of people have good things to say about today’s young workers), but it’s important to know that this perception is out there. Why? Because if you’re aware of it, then you can learn and benefit from it…

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  1. Kendra Crispin says:

    It’s not just Gen Y/Milenials/Cententials who can act like the world owes them everything. I believe the Baby Boomers (my parents’ generation) are responsible for a lot of the entitlement mentality. A lot of the governmental “support systems” contribute to the problem. (I want to make enough money to make sure my parents will never have to go into nursing homes. Or need Medicaid. But I digress.)

    Unfortunately, there is also a mentality against achievement. I’ve been mocked on the job for wanting to get things done correctly, and I know the same has happened to co-workers. Lindsey, if you ever have the chance, please read a book titled, Resentment Against Achievement. You may have to hunt for it, but it’s worth reading. I used it as a reference in my senior history seminar paper.

    I hope that seeing things like this motivate more people to amaze employers by rising above the stereotypes. I sure wish I’d seen more mature behavior in college from fellow students. (And do not mention the social side… I still cringe sometimes.)