Technology is something that I have grown up with. For me, it all started with all of the toys that were double-a battery operated. We had fake cellphones and real telephones that hung from the wall with curly cords that were attached to them. As I grew older all of my friends began to receive cell phones from their parents. I was the last one in my grade to get one, of course. At first, everyone that had a cell phone could only text from it. The lucky kids got on the internet to play games sometimes. As the years went on, internet became an actual thing we could surf while on our phones. When I got my first iPhone was when I discovered email, apps and social media. Once this happened, everyone including myself only looked at our phones and relied on our devices greatly.
We are always on our phones
The older generations call us millennials. There are many stereotypes that we have, and I must say they are not the nicest of words. One stereotype that may be true for most of us is that we use written communication on our phones a lot every single day. When I want to talk to my mom, I just text her. If i don’t have someones number to text them, I will send them a Facebook message. This is a common way of communicating for us millennials, but it seems as though it may get in the way of us getting jobs.
Should we conform
In an article called Why Millennials “Can’t Communicate,” it is explained that, “American Express and marketing firm Millennial Branding, a full ⅔ of managers prefer to communicate with their employees in person, while far fewer millennials see in-person communication as essential to accomplishing the task at hand.” The older generations grew up with nothing but face to face and oral communication. They did not grow up with the technology that we have at our fingertips. Whether that is a good or bad thing, most people that hire in this day in age are in an older generation. Therefore, millennials should conform to this style of communicating when it comes to being in a workplace.
Ways to improve millennial communication
Since it is so easy to communicate via email and texts, people are developing more technological skills instead of verbal skills. A way that millennials could improve on verbal and face to face communication is to join community organizations to develop real-world communication. It is never a bad idea to join an organization that betters your future.
One of the biggest fallbacks that a millennial could face is that since we are so used to communication through technology, we may not practice our skills of how we present ourselves. Some might say that we sit in our houses all day and text and do things on our computers. As this may have some truth to it, the millennials that do not have enough human interaction need to get out of the house. Getting out more is imperative with the recruitment of jobs because the recruiters will often have several rounds of interviews that require potential hires to be dressed nicely, be polite, and have good communication skills. For those of us who are in college, many schools offer fake interviews for people to get great practice in!
Millennials need special hand-holding and are high-maintenance
A common stereotype is “millennials need special hand-holding at work and are high-maintenance.” This workplace stereotype makes millennials seem as though they need praise, a lot of guidance and do not do well with harsh criticism. Whether this is true or not, for most millennials need to break this stereotype by adapting fast in the workplace and learn how the job works at a fast pace. It is important for us millennials to voice their opinions about the learning curve that every person has and that it is a normal thing.
Millennials are great at social media
It is said in an article called 5 Workplace Stereotypes About Millennials That Aren’t True that, “millennials are great at social media.” While some may think this is a true statement, it is actually difficult to tell who is good at social media or not. Just because millennials are young and have grown up with Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter does not mean that they know what content to use or who to have follow the content that is being said. Everyone needs some sort of training when it comes to technology, especially when having to communicate something through it. That is why it is important to use verbal communication to employers if they need help posting something online.
We have no concept of privacy
Since millennials grew up with Internet and social media, they have no concept of privacy? Most (sane) people do not post on social media about everything they are doing every second. Yes, millennials post pictures of cool places and tell the world about where they have been, but so what? This is how we communicate to people our age! This gives people a glimpse of who they are as a person. In this day in age, employers do look at applicants social media and thats a good thing! They get to know more about who millennials truly are and what they are willing to show about themselves to everyone who is curious. Millennials should be careful with their social media though, and clean up anything that is not professional.
Millennials are lazy
We as millennials are also seen as being lazy. It’s crazy that millennials need more than a college degree to be fairly successful these days. The older generations only needed to graduate high school or have some college experience to find a job in the workforce. When told that we are lazy, older generations need to hear the difficulty that school is now. Older people need to be reminded of how intelligent millennials are and our knowledge keeps on expanding with all of the schooling that we go through. A good way to communicate this to the people who think we are lazy is to share our knowledge on certain subjects that older generations do not know much about. Being called lazy is an insult and should not be taken lightly! Prove to everyone we are not lazy!
Ending on a positive note
A scholarly article, Millennials and Technology: Addressing the Communication Gap in Education and Practice, said, “The millennial employee can help teach colleagues on effective uses of cutting edge technology. This can benefit the organization in multiple facets, as well as demonstrating flexibility and adaptability.”