If you’re in your late 20s or early 30s I’m pretty sure you can’t relate 100% to the Millennial generation. You probably feel like a young tito or tita of Manila when you’re with younger co-workers but you feel out-of-place with your friends who are in their 40s. Turns out you’re not feeling alone because you’re neither a Millennial or Gen X. According to Sociology expert you’re part of a micro-generation called Xennials, people who are born between 1977 and 1983.
What makes them different to Millennials and Gen X? The upbringing. The DailyMail article captures the generation perfectly with this description:
Xennials grew up in a time where landline phones were used to organise catch ups with friends, and people read the newspaper and watched the nightly news to keep up to date with current affairs. Professor Woodman said Xennials have a unique experience when it comes to technology, enjoying their childhoods without the worry of social media posts to gain Instagram popularity.
As a “Xennial” myself, yes, I can still remember the “Telebabad” days in High School and the “Patintero” and “Agawan Base” games outdoors during Grade School. Most importantly, I clearly remember the time of having no social media. It was all living in the moment because there was no pressure or need to take photo or video of anything. It’s a good place to be in, to be honest. It’s like being a witness to how to world changed and getting a taste of the “old world” and living in the “new world”.
You’re a Xennial, So What?
I think from a management perspective, Xennials are in a unique position to understand, manage, and mentor the Millennial workforce. Unlike Gen X and Baby Boomers, Xennials have one foot in the door of the Millennial world. They’re immersed in the digital world but still have a firm grasp of how the real world works. That said, it might be a good idea for you to take stock of your Xennial leaders in the organization and provide them with management and mentorship training so they can have a more prominent and empowered role in your organization.
So are you a Xennial? Hit us up in the comments section below if you agree with the description!
You might also want to read the following articles we’ve written about Millennials:
- Millennials Hit Their Prime Earlier
- Why Filipino Companies Should Change the Way They Pay Their Employees
- What Filipino Millennials Want in a Job
Read more about the Xennial generation and study here.