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Generational Gyrations

The business cycle gives rise to generations of haves and have-nots: How do "jealous" Gen Xers manage "arrogant" Yers?

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Over the years, there's been much written about Generation Xin the workplace. Only 10 years ago, Xers were turning corporatepolicy on its ear. Baby Boomers saw young Xers as brash andunmanageable, and Xers saw themselves as self-reliant individualswho didn't need (or trust) traditional corporate structure.

As they say, what goes around comes around. Now in their 30s andlate 20s, those Gen X upstarts are finding themselves in asituation they've never faced before: managing a youngergeneration-the new group of employees in their early 20s known asGeneration Y, which has a different outlook on life and work.

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