Read Jessica's take on Forbes: Why Millennial Stereotyping In The Workplace Isn't Funny

Saturday Night Live premiered a skit in October called “The Millennials,” which portrays 20-something new hires at a traditional workplace. They’re casually obsessing over smartphones, touting their technical superiority, demanding immediate promotions, and expecting time off to “get some perspective.”

The fact that this stereotype has made it to SNL demonstrates how deeply the myth of the millennial has sunk into the zeitgeist. We love to laugh at the things that make us uncomfortable, and millennial coworkers make many older employees feel threatened, so much so that when a millennial in the SNL skit follows his smartphone out of the office window, the traditionalist employees are relieved.

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Listen to Jessica Kriegel on "Women Who Lead" with Lesley Southwick-Trask

Millennials, Generation X, Baby Boomer are generational labels, each of which brings specific characteristics to mind. They are indeed stereotypes used by organizational leaders, product developers, and marketing gurus to create products. employment strategies, marketing pitches and so much more. But are they accurate, or even appropriate for determining such critical features associated with organizational success?  My guest this week, Dr. Jessica Kriegel, not only says “no”; but tells it like her research says it, in her Forbes magazine article, Millennial Stereotyping Is Hurting Corporate America. While her focus in this commentary refers to the newest generation found in the workplace, Dr. Kriegel’s book, “Unfairly Labeled”, available on Amazon and coming out at the end of this month, provides extensive evidence on the dangers associated with generational stereotypes across all age groups. Join me for this week’s program in which Jessica and I explore how we, as leaders, undermine ourselves with the all-too-common practice of type casting people by the year they were born.  

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