Back in May, I posted about an interesting article by Tammy Erickson on the Harvard Business Review blog. Tammy provided an overview of Ten Reasons Why Gen Xers are Unhappy At Work and most of them rang very true for this Gen Xer (yeah, I hate the stupid term too but I’ve accepted that it’s never going away).
Anyway, BusinessWeek picked up Tammy’s story and recently published a selection of very insightful responses from Gen X readers who are rebelling against Corporate America. These are most definitely my people.
Here are a few interesting selections (though it’s really worth reading all of the reader comments):
"If you truly value authenticity and aren’t motivated by ‘increasing shareholder profit,’ and you wind up in publicly traded corporate America, at some point you’ll probably leave."
"Many of us want to do work that we believe in. We want jobs that fulfill us on more than just a financial level. We don’t want to spend our entire lives with our respective noses to the grind[stone] only to retire or semi-retire with small pensions and little or no means to enjoy our later years… We want to work for places that value us as human beings."
"Corporate America needs me? Then I suggest that they, as a group, clean up their act, because as it stands, as my good friends Wayne and Garth say, ‘They are not worthy.’"
And then there’s Amy W., a precocious member of Gen Y who has learned from the pain of Gen X:
"Fortunately, we may be better equipped to set out on our own and avoid the whole sordid mess altogether. I’d rather struggle now at 25 and be reliant on myself for my income at 30, than get a "great job" now and have some corporate snafu rip the rug out from under me at a similar time."
P.S. Critically acclaimed actor Emilio Estevez is a man always in search of new challenges in his life and his work. Read more.