Gen X,Gen Y,baby boomers in the work place - page 3

What are your experiences at work with your co-workers from different generations? As a Gen Xer I try very ,very hard to remain energetic and flexible. I really don't want to be labeled "the old... Read More

  1. Visit  camoflower} profile page
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    So funny a co-workers "message received BONG de la BING" went off at work today and the Nurse Manager got on to her pretty heavy reminding her (again) about the cell phone rules (and here we are talking about it). Rules are rules - follow the rules, don't try to bend them to suit yourself. Our cell phones must be turned off. That coworker looked at me as the NM was venting and said "hey, that might have been...was that your phone?". I frowned at her projection and said "you know I don't even bring my phone in the building - if my teens have a problem as in "emergency only" they can call me at work only then. Ages of those involved: Nurse Manager 38, guilty party 62. lol Its the person. The problem I have with being older, as in 55, is listening to the younger nurses talk about how old their parents are *I cringe* esp. when they are younger than myself. Somewhere around the age of 48 I've started becoming invisible the Paula Dean look doesn't work for me. I don't care for the younger nurses calling me "Mom" because it's an insult, when I'm not their mom. Patients whatever ails them bring em on. I have not a preference usually. But I am highly allergic to mean people..I break out in a chapping rash. luv my job.
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  3. Visit  VivaLasViejas} profile page
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    Hey Camo, there's one thing worse than being called "Mom" by younger staff, and that's being called "Dear" and "Sweetie" by store clerks in their 20s and 30s! I'm 53 and this has recently started happening to me. I am not the least bit fond of it! It's OK for someone in their 70s and up to use those terms of endearment, but someone young enough to be my kid.......not so much.

    Next thing I know, they'll start saying things like "Oh, you're just so CUTE!" and then I'll know I really am old. :uhoh21:
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  4. Visit  Multicollinearity} profile page
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    Quote from VivaLasViejas
    Hey Camo, there's one thing worse than being called "Mom" by younger staff, and that's being called "Dear" and "Sweetie" by store clerks in their 20s and 30s! I'm 53 and this has recently started happening to me. I am not the least bit fond of it! It's OK for someone in their 70s and up to use those terms of endearment, but someone young enough to be my kid.......not so much.

    Next thing I know, they'll start saying things like "Oh, you're just so CUTE!" and then I'll know I really am old. :uhoh21:
    I feel the same way. It feels odd when teenagers and 20-something clerks in stores call me "sweetie."
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  5. Visit  fiveofpeep} profile page
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    Ugh. On the flip side, I bought a twelve pack of beer today and the clerk made a big to do about where my mom was and if that really was my id.
  6. Visit  hiddencatRN} profile page
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    If I'm 31 does that make me Gen X or Gen Y? Gen X.2?

    At any rate, I agree with those who say they see personalities. I work with a wide range of ages and experience and most everyone is hardworking and supportive. There are a couple of folks who I do cringe to see as my partners or signing off to me (and they span multiple generations) but they are in the minority. As a new nurse, my more experienced coworkers have been nothing but supportive and on my side.
  7. Visit  brainkandy87} profile page
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    Well, I'm a Gen Y'er. And I have a B.A. in Sociology. I'll try not to get on too much of a soapbox here...

    I don't consider myself lazy or want others to bend to my needs. I work with another Gen Y'er that I graudated with and she is the same way. I think far too much is put into generational lines in the workplace. It all comes down to personality and work ethic, especially in nursing. I consider myself a hard worker and I pride myself on taking care of my patients. I see older nurses who do the same, yet I also see older nurses who are lazy and feel completely bothered whenever they have to do anything for their patients. I think it's unfair to label someone based on their generation, no matter if it's a positive or negative stereotype.

    These generalizations that get thrown on generations are just delusion; a complete distortion of reality that is placed by the culture in which we live. Each generation, in it's adolescent stage, is labeled as independent, technologically adept, fun loving, etc, by the previous generation. It was said about the Baby Boomers, they said it about Gen X, Gen X said it about Gen Y, and now my Gen Y's are saying it about Gen Z.
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