Yes it's true millennial's continue to ruin everything
If you ask many baby boomers they are in solid agreement that millennial’s are lazy, no work ethic, and demand everything be handed to them. It’s no surprise baby boomers and millennial’s do not see eye to eye on many things. Because while their generation see a lazy youth, we see a generation that needed no college degree to get a well paying job, one income provided you a nice roof over your head and supported a family of four, and social net programs to provide for them in their old age. Unfortunately us Millennial’s were not handed such luxuries, we work hard to get what we deserve, and we do not settle for less as we know our worth and are willing to find others that will appreciate us for our strengths.
What baby boomers consider a lazy generation, is really them not understanding how much work it really is to achieve your goals, and to know you have value.
As millennial’s continue to enter the workforce and rise through the ranks, it is becoming more and more obvious that Millennial’s look at employment differently, and that’s not a bad thing, check out our list below on some of the main differences!.
Done are the days of the dreaded 9-5 in the office, well at least for millennial’s. Everyone knows that you only really put in about 4-5 hours of work a day, the rest is either busy work, and pretending to be busy while you scroll Instagram on your phone. It seems so archaic to have to sit in an office building, not because you are needed, but because someone long ago decided 8 hours is needed 5 days a week to accomplish your tasks. (I am guessing this is most likely before computers) So like children we sit and wait.
Be stubborn about your goals, but flexible about your methods
Millennial’s value a good work life balance, and when you are sitting in an office twiddling your thumbs for no reason, it doesn’t really make you feel great. Studies have even proven that a person working from home 3-4 days out of a 5 day week perform better and yield greater results, but Karen in accounting will throw a fit if that is uttered……because you know facts don’t matter.
Self-care isn’t selfish.
Now I am not talking about a juice bar in the lobby, or a gym attached, even though I wouldn’t say no, millennials are looking for quality of life perks. A la health insurance, 401ks, and vacation/PTO.
These are important benefits that many millennials’ will walk away for, and rightfully should. It’s 2018, people should be able to get a decent health insurance plan through their employer, they should be able to save for retirement, and taking time off should not be a hassle.
Yet unfortunately it is, at least in the United States of America, we spend our whole life working, only too be given two weeks of vacation. 261 working days in 2018, and 10 days seems reasonable to managers. The same managers that take many more than ten days off a year.
It’s a toxic belief that hopefully one day will be replaced by those who understand how important it is to have a life outside of work.
2 YEAR ITCH
My mother worked for the same company for over thirty years, gone are the days where loyalty worked both ways in companies. Employers new that if they treated their employees well they would have dedicated workers that would stick with the company through thick and thin. Employees recognized how well they were being treated and appreciated it and rewarded the companies with their continued service and loyalty.
Sometimes all we need is a fresh start.
Those feelings are no longer shared, you can wake up one Friday morning, and be fired by 4 pm (because you know they have to get one last day out of you before kicking you to the curb). This has led to millennial’s reciprocating, why should we be loyal to you, when you are not loyal to us.
We are not afraid to leave a job, most of us do after two years anyway. We are confident in our skill set and are willing to find a company that will appreciate what we bring to the table, a company that has a purpose we can get behind. It is that confidence that baby boomer employers are afraid of.
Many of us have student loans, we are not here to play, we are here for reasonable pay and we expect it. This is one of the main factors in our two-year itch, we know we can negotiate a pay raise at the next place that hires us on. Why stay at a job you do not like, when you can shop around and find one that peaks your interest and puts more money in your pockets.
Also, eventually we hope we can collect enough of our money, you know after dropping everything into student loan payments, to afford a house, you know those buildings that people go home to at night…and own…not rent, we want those things.
The moment you feel like you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.
Now this one maybe a little more specific to the tech field, but still definitely applies. Although we are one of the best-educated generations, we can still appreciate experience over degree. While a baby boomer will only look at college educated applicants, millennial’s are willing to meet with those with no formal education
Experience: The most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you
For example in the tech field there are many individuals working in large companies with no formal collegiate training, they are self-taught, which to baby boomers may seem ill fit, but to other millennial’s you have an individual that is performing the same if not better then someone taught, and they have a true passion for the job. They dedicated their time to teach themselves this subject, so it must be something they truly care about, and will continue to educated themselves on, that type of self-motivation is inspiring, and a sign of a great employee.