What challenges can Baby-Boomers expect in dealing with Generation Y colleagues in the workplace?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There might be some fundamental challenges present because the Generation Y workers could wind up being the age of the children of the Baby Boomers.  By definition, this is a challenging set of conditions in how one worker might seen another as the age of their children.  On one level, a theoretical complementing force between each generation is how each views the notion of community and progressive solidarity in finding solutions to problems that exist.  The Baby Boomer grew up with the idea that social change comes from banding together and seeking a sense of what can be as opposed to what is.  The Generation Y is a "millenial," someone who believes in a similar idea but replaces social cohesion with technological advancement or finds technology as a means to accomplish the same social good- driven end.  Whereas the physical experience of community and solidarity is something that the baby boomer believes in as part of their social fabric, the experience of individualized action through technology is a point of differentiation in the Generation Y-er.  This might reflect both a point of convergence and simultaneous divergence.  Another significant point that defines both in different manners is the use of paradigm recognition in solving problems in the workplace.  For the most part, the baby boomer has become accustomed to a paradigm in solving problems.  Yet, the malleable nature in the worker from the Generation Y aspect, one who moves from paradigm to paradigm as the tools of work change, is another point where there can be significant divergence or complement, depending on one's frame of reference, in how each stereotypical group member works together or with another.