The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households....
Have you heard this before about “kids these days?” Jim and I have the benefit of working with clients of all ages, and we find that it truly enriches our experience. We do better work when we nurture relationships from A-Z (Baby Boomer to GenX to Millenial (Gen Y) to GenZ ). But we hear many colleagues lamenting the fact that Millennials are lazy, entitled, untrustworthy, disrespectful, yadayadayada. And we’ve actually found the opposite to be true. We BENEFIT from the creativity, diversity, flexibility, and let’s face it – technological prowess – that they bring to the office. It’s an infusion of energy that is harder to muster the older we get.
Maligning entire populations is not new, but it is unhealthy, and you miss an opportunity to have the gift of broader insight that will make your team better. Adults have been complaining about “kids these days” for years. For decades. Actually, for centuries. I think we should blame it on the Greeks. After all, the author of the now famous phrase quoted above…was Socrates.
And because we love the number “7” we will now share 7 Facts about Millennials.
- Millennials will compose one of every three adults by 2020 and will make up 75% of the workforce by 2025 (Brookings Institution).
- 63% of Millennials want their employers to contribute to social or ethical causes they feel are important. About half of older Gen Xers and Boomers feel the same (LifeCourse).
- 83% of Millennials agree with the statement, “there is too much power concentrated in the hands of a few big companies,” more than all other generations (Boston Globe).
- The Baby Boomer generation is commonly thought of as the largest generation, but there are 11 million more Millennials than Baby Boomers (NPR).
- Millennials represent the most racially diverse generation in American history. 43% of Millennials are nonwhite compared to 28% of Baby Boomers and 39% of Generation X (NPR).
- 80% of Millennials prefer onthespot recognition over formal reviews; 69% believe office attendance on a regular basis is unnecessary (Inc.).
- Millennials stay with employers longer than Genworkers do (Inc.).
(If 1-6 doesn’t convince you, #7 should!)
Happy Friday. Happy Weekend.