The Low-Self-Esteem Generation

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For years I have been reading and hearing about how Generation Y-ers have overdosed on self-esteem. Born in the 80s to the early 2000s, these young people are also sometimes called Millennials. And there have been increasing complaints in the workplace that this generation has an undue sense of entitlement.

Is it true?  Maybe.

Research certainly seems to point that way. In 1982, one third of the students taking the Narcissist Personal Inventory scored above average. In 2006, that number was 65%.

This is the generation where every kid got a trophy, no one ever failed, and no answer was ever wrong… just a “good try.”

At work, these Millennials require constant praise. Some companies have gone from an “Employee of the Month” program to  ‘Employee of the Week’ awards – dozens of them every week.

I’ve seen evidence of this myself. Several years ago, when I was still working for…

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