Posted June 8, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: Stop with the Stereotyping
Is Gen Z really so bad as the stereotypes would have us believe? You can probably guess my answer, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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This is The Perna Syndicate, and I’m glad you’re here! This week, we’re going back to the basics on who the younger generations are and what makes them tick. They’re always asking why because they want to make things better. And they’re not so bad as the stereotypes would paint them.
You see, although I haven’t yet hired a Gen Z employee, I do employ quite a few Millennials. And they blow all the negative stereotypes about their generation completely out of the water.
What stereotypes do I mean? Well, how about the one that they’re just plain lazy? How about the entitled one? How about the idea that young people are so wrapped up in themselves that they could care less about anyone or anything else?
Not one of those is true, at least for the vast majority of young people today. Speaking as a Baby Boomer, I can tell you that my Millennial employees are a huge part of our company’s success. They’re innovative and tech-savvy. They love learning and getting better at what they do. They’re always challenging me to take things to the next level. I need their voice on my team, and I’m incredibly grateful to have them.
So…could we please stop with all the negative stereotyping? Can we as older-gen folks see that young people are just different, and that’s not a bad thing? When we embrace them for who they are, we’ll see that they’re so much more than the stereotypes would have us believe.
On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, we’re going to talk about the expectations we set for Gen Z. Here’s a hint: we can set the bar high. Join me then!