I heard an observation from a management consultant today that younger employees tend to have a more difficult time with problem solving because they were raised with much more adult oversight in their social growth (as opposed to us that played kickball until dark with our friends and just worked everything out ourselves). In other words they have a framework that says "Solve problems by going to an authority figure" instead of using the resources available to them and figuring out a problem themselves.
I am not intending to bash younger workers, I have a very young staff, and I really like them. I also don't mean to say that my reaction would be different to any ineffective behaviors they display no matter what their age. But I'm really interested if you all have found that observation to be true.