Gen Xers typically live with their parents longer, have a negative view of the world, want to be "well-off," keep their options open, always question the boss, want freedom and challenging work, have difficulty talking about themselves in interviews, are not trained to give service, and can't handle difficult people and situations.
"For the first time in this country's history, there are four generations in the workforce at the same time," Losyk says. "And the dynamics have changed. In the '70s and '80s, it was the old managing the young. Now we have some of the very young managing the very old. This can create conflict in the workplace."