In late 2006 and early 2007, a resurgence of articles began appearing about Generation Y. This generation, born after 1980, is also called Generation Next (my preference) and the MyPod Generation. As it has always been, organizations must continue to learn and adapt when generational changes take place in the work force. The next generation of workers now entering the organization promises to "rewrite" the rules for those of us in information technology.
The following is a research paper I wrote in late 2004 as a middle-aged graduate student originally titled, "The New Workforce: A Study of Generation Next" that the reader may find informative. The fact is that my generation, Generation X, is starting to show a little bit of gray hair and are now part of the "establishment". Sometimes it is just plain hard to realize that you are no longer the "newbie" in your workplace. My own difficulties in acknowledging the generational change in organizations and the need to understand better became my inspiration to write this paper.
The New Workforce
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Bryan E. Ruby, "The New Workforce: Generation Next (Generation Y) in your Organization", CMS Report, February 1, 2007
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