The backlash begins.
Remember how the hippies were going to change the world? All that stuff about love and peace? Well, the hippie dream lasted only a few months.
Lots of world-changers came to San Francisco and didn't know how to take care of themselves so they went home or degenerated and soon the world of psychedelia gave way to glam rock, disco, punk and rap.
The heyday of Gen Y hasn't lasted much longer. Their cheerleaders have barely begun to bray about how great they are and how they're going to change the world and, kaboom, the Wall Street Journal publishes a story that claims they're just spoiled sissy creeps.
Apparently, they've been raised by soft parents with very low standards who praise them for every inconsequential thing they do. Here's how a Gen Y renegade sees it:
"Employers and professors are finding it necessary to compliment every little thing that students/young workers are doing.... major corporations, like Bank of America, are hiring consultants to teach older managers how to deal with the sensitive younger crowd.
"The majority has been raised so weak that as soon as something doesn't go their way, they fold up like a cell phone. The strength of character is extremely low."
Is it possible that deranged boomer business men have been mistaking Gen Y's sensitivity for weakness when it is, in fact, normalcy? I don't know. Here at The Recruiting Animal, we're not taking any chances so a psychologist has been coming in to teach us how to deal with the new generation.
She has us role-play a scene in which one person gets angry. The victim shows a very sad face and the aggressor realizes something has gone wrong and shouts, "It's huggie time!" and gives the person a big hug. But it's only an air-hug to avoid any claims of harrassment. And I have to say that it's working. I feel much more confident when dealing with the younger people.