Hiring young "Generation Y" financial planners has its challenges, as today's generation of new financial planners have some fundamentally different views regarding work/life balance and work expectations that will shape how they navigate their careers. While this may simply mean that Gen Y planners make different decisions when faced with some of their life/career trade-offs, an associated challenge is that Gen Y is often viewed as having an "entitlement" attitude - that they want the benefits, without the trade-offs.
In this guest post, Gen Y planner and NAPFA Genesis founder Dave Grant shares some of his experiences with the difficulties of dealing with Gen Y entitlement issues, reflecting on some of his recent challenges with his own entitlement demons that crop up from time to time. From the perspective of someone dealing with the issue themselves, Dave then shares some of his insights about how firm owners can try to handle and address Gen Y entitlement issues, from the perspective of someone who would be on the receiving end of the message!
Of course, ultimately generational stereotypes are just that - a stereotype that does not necessarily represent every unique individual of the generation - so it is not a 'guarantee' that the problem will present itself just because you're hiring or working with young planners. Nonetheless, if you're an advisory firm owner struggling with some younger planners in your firm - or perhaps you are a Gen Y planner dealing with these issues yourself - today's guest post should be helpful for you in trying to think through ways to tackle the issue!