The "slacker myth" is following Generation X to work. Many small-business owners polled by KeyCorp say younger workers are lazier and less apt than their forebears. Of 400 polled, older owners held the worst images. That's bad news as 42% of the respondents' workers are under 30 and the workforce includes 42 million people born from 1964 to 1977. "A very small percentage fit into that stereotype," bristles Bruce Tulgan, the young author of Managing Generation X. "It's what I call the slacker myth."

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