While I found the articles on millineals in the workplace enjoyable reads, there were several things that either stood out or bothered me. The first was that everything that the authors stated seemed to be based on generalizations about not just my generation, but every generation. While statistically they are probably correct, they did not do a very good job of emphasizing that these assumptions were generalizations, not facts. For example, they claimed that millineals are more motivated by instant gratification more than other generations. While this is true for some people, I know several people, including myself, who focus much farther into the future and will sacrifice an immediate reward for a better one down the line.
The second major problem that I had with this article was the idea that my generation was raised with a silver spoon in our mouth and that we can not handle criticism. While this is true of some people, this statement just comes off as bitter to me. How could this possibly be measured? Did the author go around insulting people to see how the different generations reacted? Or does the author have a skewed view based on some interactions that he personally had. I do not know but before an author is allowed to slander an entire generation, I truly believe far more evidence of this is needed.
My final complaint with the article was that my generation has been taught that everybody is special as long as they try. The example the author used was that in competitions, every participant gets some sort of prize. Now I found out later that I was clearly the odd man out, but this was never the case in my up-bringing. I remember being on a soccer team that literally lost every game we played and the standings being released for everyone to see. I know for a fact that I thrive with competition around me and one of the big reasons for my lack of effort in certain areas is there is no competitive nature surrounding it.
And It was not just the generalizations made about my generation that bothered me. I am sure there is just as much incorrect characterizations of the other generations. I just did not feel like any of their generalizations were as offensive and down right demeaning as the ones about the millineals.