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Busting Millennial Workplace Myths

What attracts millennials to a company and job role? Opportunities for growth and progression? A cool office environment? A flexible work schedule? Or all of the above? Millenials have been stereotyped into being entitled, demanding, job hoppers. Which can be off-putting for potential employers when they considering hiring a millennial. We want to break the stigma and demonstrate the positive impact hiring a millennial can have on a company. We’re going to discuss the workplace myths and transform them into positive attributes!

Entitled ✕    Sense of purpose ✓

There is the perception that millennials are entitled especially within the workplace. They want the world to revolve around them and receive special privileges along the way. More often than not, this just simply isn’t true. Millenials don’t want a ‘well done’ for arriving into work every day, what they want is a sense of purpose within their role. They seek a job that interests them and will make them feel like they are making a difference. Which from an employer’s perspective demonstrates the importance of valuing their employees, regardless of their age.

Internet addiction ✕    Tech savvy ✓

It has been presumed that this generation are ‘addicted’ to their smartphones. To which some believe that it stops them from focusing on their work and communicating with the people around them. However, it’s worth remembering millennials have grown up with the revolutionary changes in technology. They are fully aware of all social media platforms and life online is just second nature to them. Instead of taking this as a negative, understand how someone with these capabilities can be beneficial to a company. Particularly in digital, social media and marketing roles, these skills can be very valuable.

Demanding ✕    Eager to learn ✓

A common misrepresentation of millennials is that they are demanding and expect a lot from a workplace and the people around them. However, a millennial has more to prove in comparison to the experienced candidate when starting a new role. They want to show they are capable of taking on the new challenge. Which can result in the candidate asking more questions and making a greater effort to gain a grasp of their new role and workspace environment.

Job Hopper ✕    Drive to succeed ✓

Some employers believe that the millennial is unlikely to stay in one position for a long period of time. Due to their eagerness to advance within their role and move into a higher position sometimes in a different company. But dependent on the outlook you have on this, it can help you retain millennials within your workplace. For example, due to the millennials drive to succeed and advance, it would be beneficial for you to offer training schemes or the opportunity for growth to encourage the millennial to stay within your company. Having an employee who wants to learn new things and make a difference, will be a real advantage within the company.

Bored easily ✕    Fresh perspective ✓

There is a presumption that millennials have trouble focusing on things and consequently get distracted more easily. However, millennials can bring a fresh new outlook to a workforce. Introducing new ideas and sometimes even a different way of doing things. If their input is valued by their employer and coworkers the millennial will gain a sense of purpose and be less likely to grow tired of their role.

Prioritise personal life ✕    Work-life balance ✓

A distracted employee can result in a lower standard of work, particularly if they focus on their personal life in work time. To which is a widely believed stereotype of the millennial. They are unable to concentrate and distance themselves from their life outside of work. However, this is an extreme assumption and what the millennial really seeks is a healthy work-life balance. Where they are fulfilled within their workplace but are also happy outside of work.

 

Millenials can make a great addition to any workplace and shouldn’t be discriminated against due to preconceived perceptions. As with any individual, how you treat your employees is what will affect their work ethic and happiness within their role. 

 

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