It’s natural, even inevitable, to have some doubts about the upcoming generation. But the simple fact is that millennials (born between the early 80s and early 2000s) will make up the bulk of your workforce soon, and are probably applying for your positions already. The good news is that much of the bluster about their laziness and selfishness has been either fabricated or exaggerated, and there is no reason to believe they won’t grow into the top talent of the future. To illustrate that point, we’ve debunked some of the most common misconceptions about the millennial generation.
Millennials are Lazy
This is a generation that was raised with internet-connected computers and cell phones. Since an early age, they have learned to utilize the technological revolutions that have changed our world to the fullest. So while they may appear lazy on the surface, they are actually excellent multi-taskers who understand intuitively how to be efficient and productive.
Millennials Have a Poor Work Ethic
In fact, millennials were just the first generation to acknowledge something every previous generation has struggled with – there is more to life than work. For this generation, work is a means to enjoy life. That doesn’t mean they have a poor work ethic, simply that they have priorities that trump working through the weekend. To accomplish that, millennials work smarter, not harder.
Millennials Have No Respect for Authority
To the contrary, this generation has been raised to be inquisitive. It’s not that they don’t respect authority, it’s just that they value smart solutions and effective ideas. Furthermore, compared to generation past (e.g. baby boomers) millennials have shown a deep respect for institutions like family, higher education, government, and communities. No one expects this to be a generation of rebels.
Millennials Have Unrealistic Expectations
What young person doesn’t want it all? Millennials don’t differ from previous generations in this respect, and the reality is that many are more prepared for work than their parents or grandparents were at the same age. This is, after all, the best-educated American generation ever. Furthermore, it’s not that this generation expects to march directly to the top, but they do expect some flexibility in their working lives. When technology makes it possible to be productive in a coffee shop, who wants to languish away in a cubicle?
Millennials Have No Loyalty to Employers
This is not a feature of millennials, but of the American workforce generally. Everyone is jumping between employers, careers, skills, and cities with greater frequency than ever. Adding to that, this is a generation that was raised in an era of downsizing, outsourcing, and management malfeasance. There is no reason to believe the millennials won’t show loyalty to an employer that shows it back.
The coming wave of millennial employees is cause for excitement, not alarm. They will introduce your company to the fresh ideas and new ways of thinking that will be integral to your future success. Start connecting with millennials now by partnering with the recruiters at JH Technical Services.