Sixth Century Values for Twenty-First Century Careers: The Practice of Humility for Generation Y

By Cheryl Crozier Garcia.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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As Generation Y enters the workforce, older, more experienced workers are noticing significant differences between themselves and millennial workers in the areas of perceived work ethic, perceived ability to postpone gratification, and willingness to accept constructive criticism. These assumptions, true or not, create obstacles for individual millennials in attaining their career objectives and cause friction between millennials and their senior colleagues and supervisors. Additionally, HR professionals involved in recruiting and selection report increasing numbers of applicants lying on their resumes, adding to the negative assumption that Generation Y is unwilling to “play by the rules”. This paper suggests the practice of monastic humility as an antidote to the challenges faced by millennials in securing meaningful work and building credibility with their superiors, peers, and subordinates. The paper defines the practice of humility, provides guidelines, and proposes a teaching and learning technique which has been used successfully for generations with monastics in formation, as a way to help Generation Y learn to practice humility in ways that will contribute positively to their, and their organizations’, success.

Keywords: Generation Y, Monastic Spirituality, Humility, Master-Disciple Relationship, Desert Spirituality, Desert Monastics, Rule of St. Benedict

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.239MB).

Dr. Cheryl Crozier Garcia

Associate Professor, Human Resource Management, College of Professional Studies, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, USA

Dr. Crozier Garcia is a graduate of Waipahu High School, Antioch University, Hawaii Pacific College, and Walden University. She joined the Hawaii Pacific University faculty in 1990. Since 1996, she has been a full-time faculty member in the College of Professional Studies, teaching classes in Human Resource Management. Currently, she is an associate professor and program chair of the MAHRM program. In this capacity, she develops curriculum, recruits and mentors faculty members, and represents the program on a number of university task forces and committees. Her research interests include workplace ethics, spirituality in the workplace, gender and leadership, and personal development. She is a Studium Scholar at St. Benedict’s monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a member of the American Benedictine Academy.


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