Pew: Millennials lack a strong work ethic

The wealth gap between young and old is wider than ever, and members of the Millennial generation- those born roughly between 1983 and 1994 – are living at home longer than any time since before World War II.

Census data suggests that a typical household headed by someone over 65 earns 47 times more than those headed by a person under 35.

Analysis by the Washington, D.C.-based Pew Research Center suggests that the generation’s weak work ethic could be to blame for the disparity.

“Millennials are the only [generation] that doesn’t cite ‘work ethic’ as one of their principle claims to distinctiveness,” Pew found in its report titled “The Millennials: Confident, Connected, Open to Change”.

Pew points to a 2009 study it did that found that three-fourths of respondents thought that older generations such as the Gen-Xers, Baby Boomers and Silent Generation, had a better work ethic and moral values.

This perception of the 50-million member Millennial generation is typified by a quote in The Washington Post   from Jared Rogalia, 25, a Hertz rental car manager-trainee in Alexandria, Va. He describes his generation as “spoiled and lazy.”

“We’re free-spirited,” Rogalia said. “[T]hey’d rather be poorer and have free time and have free time than have a lot of money.”

Rogalia is not along in his observations about the Millennials being spoiled.

Business owners interviewed by the Post slammed their Millennial employees as not wanting to put in needed time and energy to succeed.

“The younger candidates start talking about how their shifts need to fit into a predetermined schedule, rather than working around whatever the hospital needs,” Jennifer Miller,director of talent acquisition at Washington,D.C.’s Sibley Memorial Hospital said. “They say, ‘I can’t work evenings.’ I was schooled in you don’t put up roadblocks in an interview.”

Others say the generation’s tech obsession undermines its work ethic. Pew found that Millennials are more technologically engaged than any generation in history and also more likely to be involved online with social media and to use electronic gadgets.

Drs. Joanne Sujansky and Jan Ferri-Reed even wrote a book titled  “Keeping The Millennials” about how the Millennials are costing corporate America billions in turnover costs because of their poor work ethic.

Millennials are also the most likely of any generation to classify themselves as liberals and voted for Barack Obama by more than a two-to-one ratio (66-32 percent).

This contrasts with their predecessors, the Gen-Xers who are the most likely to be Republicans due to Ronald Reagan’s lasting generational influence.

Why the contrast?

According to the Aspen Education Group, this trend can be traced back to the self-esteem movement that was the rage back in the 1980s and 1990s, which refused to let them taste failure.

“Unconditional love and being valued ‘just because you’re you!’ was the prevailing philosophy. In practice, it involved constantly praising children, not criticizing them under any circumstances, emphasizing feelings, and not recognizing one child’s achievements as superior to another’s. At the end of a season, every player ‘won’ a trophy,” Aspen found. “Instead of just one ‘student of the month,’ schools named dozens. Teachers inflated grades from kindergarten through college: ‘C’ became the new ‘F.’ No one ever had to repeat a grade because staying behind caused poor self-esteem.”

Parents likewise grew to cover for their Millenial children’s mistakes, even going into debt to pay for their speeding tickets or increased insurance premiums.

Researchers have found that this has led to an epidemic of narcissism and self-centeredness that has created an overwhelming sense of entitlement.

This also has led to a different view of the older generation among Millennials that is unshared with Gen-Xers and Baby Boomers who had acrimonious relationships with their elders.

Where staying at home with parents well into adulthood formerly was looked at a sign of failure, Pew found that Millennials lack such a sense of shame.

“Among adults ages 25 to 34, 61 percent say they have friends or family members who have moved back in with their parents over the past few years because of economic conditions,” Pew found in its study titled “The Boomerang Generation – Feeling OK about Living with Mom and Dad”.

“Furthermore, three-in-ten parents of adult children (29 percent) report that a child of theirs has moved back in with them in the past few years because of the economy,” Pew wrote.

The study also found that Millennials are more dependent on their parents’ finances than those in their early 30s.

Comments

Comments

  1. I really like what you guys are up too. This kind of clever work and reporting! Keep up the amazing works guys I’ve added you guys to my blogroll.

  2. test1234 says:

    I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a designer to create your theme? Great work!

  3. [...] recent story citing Pew Research suggests that the dismal employment numbers among young Millennial workers have more to do with [...]

  4. I don’t actually understand how how this is much different between the San Diego Tribune getting this out this or some online site. Content like this must to be released out more often. I wished that people in America would want to take a stance like this.

  5. Never you get it, We need to clearly show our resolve with these men and women and enable them know that there shall be strong action from any attacks on our nation and embassy’s.

Polititainment

Billy Joel smoked with Obama

According to one of The Hill's sources, Obama invited Billy Joel to have a cigarette with him when the musician made a recent trip to the White House.

Beckham's catch = Obama's executive act

You know it is.

'SNL' remakes Schoolhouse Rock
“Saturday Night Live” hit today’s political process right on the nose during the show’s cold open. Spoofing Schoolhouse Rock’s “I’m Just a Bill,” Kenan Thompson as the bill tried to explain how he becomes a law. But before he can make his way  to President Obama’s desk to be officially signed into law, Obama beats him […]
Foxx talks dancing with Christie, McCain
Who could possibly forget this epic photo? Late night host Jimmy Kimmel certainly hadn’t, so when he had the chance to interview actor Jamie Foxx Wednesday night, he simply had to get the back story. Foxx has been the host of this annual charity event for several years. “What’s interesting is that every year that […]
Jon Stewart on Christie's 'pig problem'

Jon Stewart got into Chris Christie’s “pig problem”—which wasn’t quite what Stewart thought it was at first.

White House

Poll: Americans split on Obama’s immigration order
Americans are sharply split on their reaction to President Barack Obama’s recent executive actions on immigration that will essentially give amnesty to about five million undocumented immigrants,according to a new poll. The latest Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday found that 45 percent of voters support the president’s move, while 48 percent opposes it. Support for […]
Eric Holder stresses that federal investigations in Ferguson are not over

Attorney General Eric Holder released a statement Monday night assuring rioters that the Justice Department still has two investigations to complete in Ferguson.

Obama appeals for calm after Ferguson decision

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama appealed for calm and understanding in Ferguson on Monday after a grand jury decided not to indict in the death of Michael Brown, pleading with both residents and police officers to show restraint.

Obama defends his flip-flop on immigration executive action
President Obama may have denounced the very executive action on immigration he ended up taking  more than 20 times in his presidency, but that’s not stopping him from ardently defending his actions. Obama appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and host George Stephanopoulos grilled the president about his the contradictions in his words and actions. “You […]
Obama: Voters want ‘new car smell’ in 2016, Hillary would be ‘great president’
President Obama still has two years left in office, but with the GOP overhaul in the midterms and his waning popularity, most people are already looking to 2016. Including, it seems, Obama himself. He said the best part of running for president after a two-term president is that “you can stake out your own positions” […]

Congress

Rand blames 'politicians,' drug war in Ferguson

Sen. Rand Paul’s Time op-ed on Ferguson Tuesday blamed politicians for creating “a culture of violence” through the War on Drugs, and urged Ferguson protesters to “channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change.”

Why are House Members exempt from ethics training?
Two U.S. representatives are questioning a curious practice on the Hill that exempts House Members from ethics training. But it doesn’t look like they are getting much support from their colleagues that enjoy this perk. Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), and Scott Rigell (R-Va.), are urging congressional leaders to end the House exemption on the annual ethics […]
Paul calls for formal declaration of war on ISIS

Sen. Rand Paul wants Congress to formally declare war against ISIS.

The fallout from Boehner not owning a dog

President Obama's offer to smooth over an immigration reform compromise with Speaker John Boehner has turned out to be a case of barking up the nonexistent tree.

Sen. Graham: Benghazi report 'full of crap'
Despite a new House Intelligence Committee report clearing the Obama administration of wrongdoing in its response to the Benghazi attack, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not backing down. “I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” He said that the report did not take into account the members […]