Gen Y Workers and the Labor Market: Tables Turned?

Remember how Generation Y workers thought they didn’t have to work their father’s 9-to-5 shift? That they wanted flexibility in their jobs? That they valued friendships and feedback over a steady check? That employers needed to learn new strategies in order to cope with (coddle) these sensitive world-changers?

In this job market we wonder, “Yeah. How’s that working out for them?”

It was this article that got us thinking. It’s another of those “How to deal with and attract Gen Y workers” stories that now seems as if it were written in an alternate universe.

With unemployment on the rise and cutbacks everywhere, shouldn’t Gen Y be lucky to have the job they have, so much so that employers need not sweat catering to their every need?

Just wondering.

(An version of this post also appear on The Ladder at


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