Managing Boomers’ Children At Work

Is this what we’ve wrought?

What!?!  Outrageous! Mean! Death to curmudgeons!!!

Before anyone else gets there, the top ten slackoisie responses to this video:

    • 10. That’s not me; it’s wrong to stereotype and you hurt my feelings.
    • 9. Boomers had it easy, people threw jobs and money at you; you would never make it now.
    • 8. You ruined the planet, overspent our inheritance and left us the bill.
    • 7. You fired my dad after 30 years, so I hate you and don’t need you.
    • 6. We care about more important things than work, like family and friends.
    • 5. You can’t even turn on your computer without us, you Luddite fool.
    • 4. We must follow our passion, and won’t be slaves to your rules that make us sad.
    • 3. Did you seriously think I would waste my brilliance, beauty and youth on a douchewad like you?
    • 2. I got Cheetos. I don’t need you. My parents still love me.
    • 1. You won’t live forever. Then it’s all mine!!!

My reaction: It’s satire. Get over it. Learn to laugh at yourself and you’ll live longer.  Feel free to explain how mean I am in the comments.

But just to show you what a swell guy I am, here’s your tummy rub, kids.

Don’t forget to be thankful.
H/T Pat Roden

7 comments on “Managing Boomers’ Children At Work

  1. Lurker

    The baby boom was 1945-50 on so. The boomers proper were born then. Their children are more than 30 years old now. The millenials are mostly children of those born in the sixties. The comparison of boomers and millenials makes sense only if you use the completely artificial 20-year generation titles. This is particularly erroneous when you talk about boomers. The boomers were a distinct cohort. They were unusually numerous and many of them were children of returned servicemen.

    Millenials, on the other hand, make sense only if you define then as persons born after 1987 or so. Older people still have memories of a time when the Internet was not ubiquitous and telephones were mostly landlines.

    1. SHG Post author

      The baby boom ran from 1946, following the end of WWII, through 1964, so you’re only off by 15 years. Millennials may be the children of younger boomers or older Gen-Y, but it’s really not terribly important to any material issue. But this is important:

      Older people still have memories of a time when the Internet was not ubiquitous and telephones were mostly landlines.

      Let me guess: you’re 12 years old, right? It really wasn’t that long ago. To the extent we don’t suffer from senile dementia, yes, we still remember the “dark ages.”

      1. Lurker

        I’m a bit over 30. It astonishes me to notice that colleagues who are just a few years younger dont’t remember a world without the Web and mobile phones. More still, I feel like a dinosaur when I make a slip and talk of Soviet Union when It’s Russia I’m talking about.

        You are right about the baby boom. In Europe, the baby boom was shorter and even more pronounced. I checked the US data and I was indeed mistaken.

        1. SHG Post author

          My apologies. I completely misunderstood your perspective and thought you were suggesting that only us dinosaurs remember such things as a world without internet or landlines. I can well remember when I bought my IBM Selectric III and a ton of carbon paper to make copies of documents. Things are easier now in some ways, but I’m not convinced they’re necessarily better.

  2. LTMG

    Damn! I exited the regular workforce too soon! I love melting snowflakes with a glance, then watching the water sizzle and pop with a glare. Gotta enjoy your work.

  3. roger lang9

    This discussion highlights the importance of mutual respect so that each generation can learn from the other. Being older (I’m a boomer) doesn’t give me the right to treat younger people as if they were my kids. And being old doesn’t mean I can’t offer experience and contacts to help take new technology to market, for ex. The skits are a bit mean but they might get a conversation going.

    1. SHG Post author

      The conversation has been going for quite a long time. Welcome to it. Whether it’s about mutual respect is another matter, but given that you find the videos “a bit mean” suggests that you have a lot of catching up to do. You might want to start with considering whether the question is treating “younger people as if they were [your] kids” or treating them like employees getting paid to do a job rather than be treated as your kids.

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