Shiraz Maher, a former British Islamist says the violence we have seen recently in London does not come out of a vacuum. It is born of a wish to fulfill an ideology of extremism that exists in a broader culture. Therefore he advises that the British government not focus on acts of violence alone but on addressing the ideas that give rise to it.
Likewise, in the case of Gen Y workers, many people have identified the ideas afloat in the culture that generate their behaviour:
Parents' Bad Work Experience
1. My parents sacrificed all for the job and it wrecked our family. So I recognize that my personal life and family need time and I am not going to give that much time to the job
1b. My parents were were downsized whenever it suited the firm. I don't owe my employer anything long-term.
Job Hunters' Market
2. It's a job hunter's market. The Boomers are retiring. Companies are going to be desperate to replace them. That's my safety net. I'll ask for exactly what I want and if a company doesn't want to please me, I know that another one will.
2b. This job hunter's market gives me lots of room to experiment with different jobs and different companies. I can move around without negative consequences.
2c. I am well educated. I can do more than the normal drudge work that is given to beginners. And because of the boomers retiring I have them over a barrel.
2d. I was raised to think that everyone has value so I deserve to be treated well.
And because of the boomers retiring....
3a. I was raised by doting, business-savvy parents and I can rely on them to take care of me for a long time to come.
3b. I can get them to help me find a job with their friends or negotiate my salary with my first employer when I am inexperienced.
3c. And I can live at home until I am 30.
Am I missing anything? Are these ideas for real or just what I've been reading.