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  1. Where I work it's really funny because they give all this training to Gen-X middle managers on how to manage Millennials. All of this gross generalizing can be silly, but that said from my experience at least, it's actually a lot easier to motivate younger people: they seem to value stability more than previous generations, are usually good team players, and want to be part of something greater than themselves. On the other hand, if they don't feel personally fulfilled they walk, which a lot of boomers and Gen-Xers interpret as entitlement or laziness. You can actually dump huge amounts of work and responsibility on them without a pay raise, and they eat it up, provided you convince them it's important. They also seem to be relatively frugal, which I troll them about endlessly.....they'll probably have the last laugh though.
  2. I’m 37 as well, so I guess I’d be considered a “cusper” or the “Oregon Trail Generation” as some people call it in the US. I was enormously lucky: generous scholarships from well-off alumni paid for my undergraduate education and my graduate schooling was free (as it still is for the sciences in the US). I graduated in 2008 and found a job right before the economic downturn. Right after that the scholarships disappeared and tuition at my alma mater has since doubled. The places that were hiring in 2008 had stopped in 2009 and so many graybeards in my field had their 401ks wiped out that they stuck around a few extra years and I benefitted enormously from their knowledge and mentoring. I’m old enough that I give the “kids” we hire a hard time, but I do recognize they had it a lot harder than I did. They’ve got all this debt I didn’t have and now they’ve got a far less competent mentor (me) than I had. While I’d never admit it to them, I pretty impressed by how they’ve handled themselves. Just my impressions from my limited experience.....

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