CM119: “Why Can’t You Act Like Adults?”
Welcome to the CounterMentors Podcast!
Boomers LOVE to criticize Millennials when they don’t “act like adults”— an observation that is often subjective. Of course, not every Millennial is guilty of childish behavior, but both generations love to generalize!
However, where there is smoke, there is often a fire around somewhere. Some Millennials just can’t seem to draw a line between work behavior and after-work behavior. Sometimes, however, younger employees just have different ideas about workplace etiquette, and Boomers can seem out of touch when they criticize them (“How about you take those headphones out of your ears and focus?”).
So, in an effort to create a great workplace, how much should each side compromise? Should Millennials suck it up and “act like adults”? Should Boomers come out of the dark ages and get with the program? Or is one black-and-white answer not going to work?
“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can
make the difference between damaging your relationship
and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
- Time for Odell Beckham, Jr. to Grow Up (ESPN)
- The Horrible Habit That’s Holding Millennials Back (Geoffrey James)
- 5 Charts That Prove That Today’s 30-Year-Olds Are NOT Adults (MarketWatch)