Hello SOTGC community,
Recently Millennials have gotten some pretty bad press. I have read that Millennials are lazy. Millennials are entitled. Millenials are “the worst generation.” I have even read that employers should offer regular naps to their Millennial employees to increase their productivity. No wonder many Millennials think they are worthless.
In fact, Duke recently conducted a study of Millennials. When CEOs were asked about how Millennials affected their business they said,
“More than 70 percent of CFOs say an advantage of hiring millennials is the technology savviness they bring to the job and 21 percent of CFOs say millennials are more creative and innovative than other workers. They also work for less. Nearly half of the surveyed CFOs acknowledged that millennials are less expensive to employ.
There are also negatives. About 53 percent of CFOs say millennials are less loyal to the company, 46 percent say the group exhibits an attitude of entitlement and 31 percent believe millennials require more intense management. More than a quarter of firms say young workers are more interested in their own personal development than they are in the company.” (bizjournals.com.)
Researchers and writers have all taken a turn at this generation. And, I have seen the effects for myself. I am at the end of Generation X. My husband and I went to college and were employed almost immediately thereafter. I have had a great job my entire career, and even in the economic downfall of 2008, I had enough tenure under my belt to continue working and making money. However, I have watched my younger sister and cousins struggle with their livelihood. I have watched them as they read the articles about their generation, look inward, and subsequently think that they are insignificant to society.
You see, the Millennials were given a promise by their parents: Go to college, work hard, and a job will be waiting for you when you graduate. What they got was a downturned economy and very little hope of achieving the life their parents dreamed of for them. Of course, they were also told that they are special and unique, as many writers lament. But, what’s so wrong with that? Confidence is a trait that links directly to leadership.
So I say to Millennials: Don’t let anyone tell you that what you have to offer is not worth something. More than likely, you know more about technology than the CEO of the company you are interviewing with. Stay humble, but don’t despair in your situation. Work hard so that the next generation has what you did not. You are our future, and we should support you vehemently.
What is your opinion on the plight of the Millennial? Continue the conversation with me on Twitter @ryangreenonline
References: deBruyn, Jason. “Duke Study concludes Millennials are more creative but too entitled.” Bizjournals.com. 12/10/14. Online. Accessed 1/16/15.