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Gen Xers in Suits!

February 17, 2012

As an Old School guy, mentored in the mindset of “Dress for Success” by John T. Molloy, I always respect and relate well to people in suits – at least most of them.  In my world, how one looked, acted, walked, talked and sounded had everything to do with how they were perceived and received by others.

I’m also a “younger” Baby Boomer, or what these days is referred to as a member of Generation Jones, thanks to Jonathan Pontell who coined the term for those of us born between 1954 and 1965 (age 47-58).   And, as a Joneser, I’ve always wondered why Gen Xer’s chose not to dress up and professionally in the workplace.

Was it a form of leverage that conveyed, “Hey, I’m tech savvy and you need me so I can come to work with a cowlick and in wrinkled play clothes if I want?  Who else you gonna get to back up your hard drive?”

Or was it because the only jobs available for young struggling Gen Xers when they first came into the workplace (besides hi-tech options) were low paying service positions?  And, those being jobs that either didn’t call for a suit and tie or for which employers issued you an ugly brown or green uniform (including a paper hat)?

Perhaps Gen X was just finding their own unique way to express themselves like other generations have done.

I always enjoy seeing younger people, especially Gen X’ers dressed up for work.  Perhaps it’s nostalgic of me, but it reminds me of a time when work was work and play was play and we didn’t mix the two as much as we do today.   It also makes me think of Gen Xers as grown up, professional, accomplished and part of the business workplace tradition.

As they continue to take more and more places of leadership and authority in the workplace and (as already noted in research) put in more hours of overtime than the other generations, and aim to be there for both their families and employers, I think they deserve to look, act, walk, talk and sound the part they have now certainly earned.

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One Comment
  1. Well said! Learned and earned. Family and work balance. It is a group with a lot going for it. Thanks for pointing out what lots of others need to know.

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