Millennials have been the talk of the town.
For a long time, companies were trying to figure out what attracts them and, more importantly, how to keep them. After being placed on a pedestal for a significant amount of time, it seems like the business world has begun to do a 180. Now, all I see is ‘6 Things Millenials Are Doing Wrong in the WorkPlace’, ‘Mistakes Costing Them The Promotion’ and statements claiming that an entire generation can be labelled as either lazy or having a sense of entitlement.
Now, while I know that all generations are subject to some criticism, some of these stereotypical depictions just don’t sit well with me at all. Technically, I am considered as a millennial (whether I like it or not) and while it looks like we’re now being labelled with a negative stereotype – that doesn’t mean that we have to accept it.
So, here’s my take on millennials and why this habit of painting everyone with the same brush needs to stop:
1. We Don’t Think That We’re Special
Contrary to popular belief, millennials do not think that they’re the best thing since sliced bread. Everyone has something to offer. A lot of us are just trying to figure out what that is.
2. We Don’t Believe That We Have More Challenges
We are, like all generations before us, trying to find our way. Our challenges are no bigger. Some of them aren’t even that different (as they say, history repeats itself). We are just searching for the solutions with the tools and experience that we have.
3. We Do Not Hate Work – We Just Want To Work Differently
There is a fine line between working hard and working smart. Putting in the hours, rolling up your sleeves and producing quality work is all a part of proving your worth. I believe in earning your stripes but I think what millennials seek is balance. They don’t hate work culture, they’re just trying to find new, productive ways to enjoy living and work.
4. We Don’t Abbreviate EVERYTHING
I have conversations with people my own age every day and can honestly say that Bae, JOMO and TBH are NEVER used in conversation. This is one of the most painful assumptions that people make. To the point that I’ve even been complimented on how articulate I am both in person and when messaging others…
5. We Don’t Want to be Bribed… We Just Take Company Culture Seriously
Bribing people is not a productive way to keep them motivated. In fact, more often than not, this just leads to bitter disappointment. Yet, you will see companies offering ridiculous benefits because they think that this is what everyone is looking for.
Millennials do not just consider work as a means of making money. They take pride in their work and want to feel a genuine affiliation, not just with the job description, but also with the company. They don’t want to turn up and realise that this was an offer to suck them in.
Admittedly, that does sound very idealistic, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible.
What are your thoughts on the behaviour of Millennials in the workplace? I would love to hear your take on this. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below or drop me a line on Twitter!