We’re here for you and we’d love to be asked.
Gen X has been in the workplace for over two decades - through the first Bush recession to the first dot-com boom and bust, and the massive 2008 implosion that essentially wiped out our hard-won 401Ks. We started out in the mailroom, at the reception desk, scraping by for under $20K a year and deferring our student loans until the very last second. Now Gen X is in middle management. Patiently waiting for the boomers to retire. Or we got wise and started our own companies so that we can finally get our souls back from the corporations that refuse to get on the work/life balance train, and have no problem laying you off right before maternity leave.We feel your pain. Since the early 80s, it’s getting harder and harder to get by. And we admire Millennials - we may not admit it, but we do. You speak up, you participate, you walk into a room and feel like you deserve to be there. You’re forging your own paths and living your best lives - and all before you get too bogged down in family commitments. And we thank you for making remote work a more common reality. I’d like us to work together, to bridge the gap - and to ensure a better working future for those who will come after us. In the spirit of détente, I’m asking you to consider getting a Gen X mentor. We’re everywhere and we’re dying to be asked.
What you might learn from Gen X:
Rules matter, but they can be broken.
When we were coming up in the professional world, Gen X was promised that if we followed the rules and “paid our dues," we’d get ahead. For the majority of us, that never happened, at least not at the pace we wanted. So we intimately know the rules of the rat race - and know how and when they can be broken to get what you want.
You can’t have it all - not at the same time.
But you can get close… You always need to focus on one thing at a time - work, family, side hustle. And when you’re focused intently on that one thing, the other things need to take a back seat. It’s just practical. Multitasking is a lie. We started flex time and foosball tables when Web 1.0 was coming up in the late 90s. Gen X are masters at time management and personal productivity - since we have to get it all done in such limited time. Ask us more...
Fly solo with control.
Millennials are fabulous collaborators - Gen X are unrivaled independent workers. We have devised and implemented individual workflow systems and accountability checks to keep things moving solo. Let us share this knowledge with you so that you’re a powerhouse contributor and leader both on a team and on your own.
I’m not talking social posts, you’ve got that down. As a rule, Gen Xers tend to keep our heads down and just bust out work, but we do know how to effectively advocate for ourselves and to spread the word about our professional achievements to the right people at the right time. We know we won’t be rewarded for showing up and fulfilling our job duties. But, going above and beyond, and then marketing ourselves accordingly is a skill we can pass on.
Gen X, in general, have great relationships with our life partners. This is a product of learning what not to do from our multitude of divorced boomer parents. We chose the guys who Lean In with us, support our professional ambitions, and happily take on as many (if not more) household responsibilities. Increasingly, Gen X women are the breadwinners - and we are navigating this new frontier together with our loving other halves. We’re happy to share our struggles and provide some clarity as you move through your journeys.
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XO, Gen X