Old Timer warns Gen Y
One day during a training session on a Friday morning (where the weekends began Thursday night) one too many people were snoozing off or passing notes, and the trainer teed off.
After getting everyone's attention, he said, "Up until now the world has revolved around you because your parents paid people to pay attention to you from babysitters through your college professors. It isn't all about you anymore.
So long as you want us to pay you, you're going to have to at least pretend to act like you deserve it." Point. Taken.
My suspicion is that workplaces will be "consumer oriented" and cater to the whims of gen-Y employees right up to the point that they start interfering with getting things done, and then a hammer will fall.
And like every generation before them, Gen Y will grow up a little.
Previous generations did this in high school, or college, but since they've largely abandoned that role it will fall to employers to polish off the rough edges.