Read more about what Dr. Jeff Bailey has to say about Generation X, their workplace stress and what it means to be sandwiched between two “self-absorbed generations.”
You know what has stressed me out more than anything in my career? Being bored. So much has been written about a lack of commitment Generation X has to the organization. Bailey writes that Xers are “willing to migrate from one job to another without regrets or a sense of obligation.”
That may be true, but Generation X’s lack of loyalty is not the genesis of the problem. It is merely symptomatic of a much larger issue, one that is corrosive and negatively impacts the long-term success of organizations.
Based on nearly two decades in the workplace, I think Gen Xers disconnect and move on because they lack sufficient career-building opportunities. They may have the job title and the job description, but their careers can be summarized as collection of cameo appearances (small, non-speaking, uncredited roles) in the Boomer career trajectory. The walk-on roles get very old, very fast. As if anybody wants to spend years as a brooch – some “lowlife carving of a person’s head or bust.” Eventually, Xers leave for opportunities to be the doctor, not just play one on TV.
What do you think? Is Gen X is stressed out in the workplace? If so, why?