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It has become fashionable to trash millennials. They lack a strong work ethic, have no grit, aren’t respectful or patient, and definitely don’t understand corporate culture. It fits with how people romanticize the 1950s as the golden age of American culture, when everything was just somehow better.
I don’t know whether Gen X is just irritated they’re getting older or people are forming their opinions solely based on Buzzfeed, but I think the stereotype is wrong—dead wrong. In fact, I will go out on a limb and state that millennials may actually be the best generation of workers we’ve ever seen. And I say this having hired hundreds of new college grads—and seasoned professionals—over the past 20 years. Here’s why:
So where some see entitlement, I see greater authenticity and audacity. Millennials will shoot for the stars—and if they fall down, they’ll get right back up and try it a different way.
2. They just don’t communicate the way you do. If you’ve watched Mad Men so far this season, you’ve seen the fast-paced advertising world struggle to become more connected with innovations like . . . the speaker phone. Fast forward to today, where first-time job seekers not only understand and embrace collaborative technologies but don’t know anything different. While many offices struggle to get their workforce to embrace new services like Yammer or Basecamp, millennials have been doing those things for years. They’ve been learning with social classroom tools and chatting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every waking hour. As a result, they actually conceive of communication in a one-to-many paradigm, which is a huge plus for companies that are spread out globally and interact primarily in a virtual environment.
3. They expect things to happen instantly. I don’t know anyone over the age of 50 who doesn’t complain about how fast the world is moving these days. However, in the case of job performance, that’s a very very good thing. Think about it. Thirty years ago everything took a lot more time. The data you needed to make critical business decisions was delivered weeks later by a mail truck. Someone had to physically be sitting in a predetermined location at the right time for you to call them on the phone. Our expectations for accomplishing tasks were, naturally, based on the resources and structures we had in place. Simply put, we moved much slower. And, God bless them, there are many professionals out there who still work the same way. Not millennial workers. With the pace of news, communication, and responsiveness nearly instant, that’s how they approach work. They know nothing else. Plus, they have the necessary tools to support them. Give a millennial employee a research assignment on your competitors and you’ll get the project back in 24 hours. Twenty years ago the same project might have taken a month to complete. One piece of advice: Just make sure you attach a deadline to the assignment.
originally posted by: Metallicus
Actually none of those reasons are good things.
They are good at persistently failing, can't communicate clearly