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Sunday, October 02, 2022

Subtly yet undeniably, as generational shifts tend to go, there's a new crop of employees determining the norms and styles of the workplace.

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...As a millennial with a habit of lurking on TikTok, Jessica Fain understood that skinny jeans and side parts were on the steady march toward extinction. But when Ms. Fain, who works as a product manager at a large tech company, heard that some of her favorite emojis might also be confronting retirement " namely that laughing-sobbing face " she decided to seek the counsel of her junior colleagues.

"I heard that using this emoji isn't cool anymore," Ms. Fain, 34, said she wrote in a water-cooler-type Slack channel.

"Yeah I only use that emoji at work for professionalism," she recalled a younger employee replying. "H8 2 break it to 2 u Jess."

Ms. Fain is old enough to remember when millennials determined what was in vogue: rompers, rose pink, craft beer, Netflix and chill. Now, she gets the foreboding sense from colleagues that her AARP card awaits. Subtly yet undeniably, as generational shifts tend to go, there's a new crop of employees determining the norms and styles of the workplace. And they have no qualms about questioning not just emoji use but all the antiquated ways of their slightly older managers, from their views on politics in the office to their very obsession with work.

"I feel very sure that I'm uncool," said Andy Dunn, 42, who co-founded the upscale apparel brand Bonobos, once the uniform for a subset of millennial men. "I've come to accept that."...

"These younger generations are cracking the code and they're like, Hey guys turns out we don't have to do it like these old people tell us we have to do it,'" said Colin Guinn, 41, co-founder of the robotics company Hangar Technology. "We can actually do whatever we want and be just as successful.' And us old people are like, What is going on?'"...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-10-01 04:28 PM | Reply

It will be a cold day in Hell before I worry about using an "uncool" emoji.

#2 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-10-01 04:48 PM | Reply

Youth is wasted on the young.

#3 | Posted by Brennnn at 2022-10-02 03:21 PM | Reply

I'm practicing saying Like 3X in every sentence..
Them Zees is cool.

#4 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2022-10-03 10:55 AM | Reply

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