Millennials Have Their Cake and Eat It Too

Combating Stereotypes               


Millennials have an incredibly bad rap of their workplace behavior. Some call millennials lazy, entitled, self-absorbed, uninterested, and lacking diligent work ethic. In addition, some may feel that millennials spend too much time online and using social media and no longer know how to communicate face-to-face. Millennial Myth Busters is an article that gives a first-hand glance at the common stereotypes of millennials today. Included in this article are the stereotypes that millennials need constant affirmation, are “dreamers”, and are “know-it-alls”. Thankfully, Michelle Shea, is able to see beyond those stereotypes and even see the benefits of a few of which millennials may or may take part. There is more to millennials and their workplace behavior than these stereotypes have to offer. Millennials do not always, if you can believe it, have their cake and eat it too. There is hope for you, millennial, to succeed without these stereotypes.

Generational Communication gives a breakdown of how they believe communication exists between Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials. The breakdown explains that Millennials feel the need to be connected to their peers and friends constantly, through text messaging and various forms of social media, even at work. It also suggests that millennials prefer to work in groups than alone on work projects. While some of this information may be accurate, it can actually be useful to a workplace. Working in groups has the ability to get projects done faster, allowing groups to begin a new project and get more work done. Working in groups also allows for more creative ideas, as the more people you have, more ideas flow. And who says that while working in these groups, constant communication over social media or social networking within the group is detrimental to the project?  Take these assumptions, millennial, and make them work in your favor. Work in groups and make the work the most creative and professional it can be. Communicate constantly and show the world that your screen time is helping the company you are working for. Combat this stereotype of use of technology and group work to make positive changes in your company.

Techniques for the workplace

Millennials are looking for one thing, and that is a stable job. Whether you are a millennial in college awaiting a career, an individual with a full-time job, or looking for a job, you want stability. Millennials are told that as long as they work hard and network well, a job of interest will be found. Therefore, millennials must work to make themselves hirable, and once hired they must work to keep their jobs. UrbanBound has provided tips for millennials entering the workplace. Among these tips, I found 2 things to be incredibly important for a millennial to follow.

  • Get off your cell phone: When working, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter should be the last thing on your mind. Nothing screams lazy millennial like a selfie in your cubicle or a tweet about how boring work is. Your social media reputation will follow you. That being said, use your social media expertise to tweet positive things for/about your place of work and post pictures on your company’s Instagram to show the world the exciting things that are taking place.
  • Watch your language: You are no longer attending a laid back, college-like environment daily, millennial. Once you have been hired, you must act and speak in a professional manner. There should be no slang, vulgarity, or profanity in company meetings, lunches, or in any email. Write your emails as if the executives of the company are going to read it. Keep your conversations with your boss and co-workers formal, and try to stay away from text message language. Each sentence of an email should be full and grammatically correct.

So there you have it, millennial. You have the power to combat stereotypes and get yourself a strong, stable job that you are able to keep for years. Persevere and show the world that millennials have the power to make change and help businesses succeed. Work hard, work extremely hard, and do not let anyone believe that you constantly have your cake and eat it too.


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Hi there! My name is Ella Stapp and I am currently a Junior at the University of Colorado. I am in the Leeds Business School and am majoring in Operations Management. I am hoping to obtain a career in restaurant ownership and management. I have started this blog for an online class I am taking, but am looking forward to add professional as well as personal experiences on here. Happy reading!

5 thoughts on “Millennials Have Their Cake and Eat It Too

  1. Hi! I really liked it when you went in to the specifics of certain techniques in the workplace involving ones behavior on social media and the transfer from the “college state of mind” to the work place. Both of these habits are ones we are all largely in tuned to because we live it every day. But those simple behavior changes can help us millennials combat those ugly stereotypes that older generations believe that we fall under. I also really loved how you went in to the communication differences between generations and how we all differ so drastically. Instead of showing a way to combat these stereotypes, you showed a way for us to work it in our favor. Great job!

  2. I was immediately pulled into your post simply from reading your title. It caught my attention and dragged me further into the information provided within your article. I enjoyed the fact that you quickly stated the destructive characteristics surrounding the millennial stereotype so the reader had a clear picture of how these rumors can be harmful. Later, you introduce the idea that the stereotype is merely an assumption and that the “negative” aspects of millennial communication can actually be beneficial. I also appreciate how you clearly state that we need to get off our phones and watch our language in order to combat the stereotype we face each day.

  3. Hi Ella!

    Thank you for writing such an insightful blog. I especially enjoyed reading it because you touched briefly on stereotypes about the millennial generation then dove deep into both how to effectively communicate between different generations in the work place and how we as millennial can improve our communication at work. By exploring the idea that generations will inevitably work together, it was helpful to read about how to best communicate with baby boomers. Your mention about how millennia’s have shown to work best in groups and pros to why group work can be extremely beneficial in the workplace was AWESOME to hear. What a great point you had there! In addition, I think the techniques you offered are tips that our generation cannot hear enough. I would say that there is a time and place for everything but being on social media and using harsh language is not the time or the place while at work.

    I look forward to reading some of your other blogs in the future. Hope you have a nice week/weekend!

    Tessa Snow

  4. Hello! This was an awesome post to read. You kept me very engaged the entire time by continuously addressing myself and other readers by “millennial.” Doing that made me feel much more connected to this post while reading it, and helped me enjoy it much more. All the points that you make throughout this post are very true and easy to agree with. I think that strongest point you made was to watch your language while in the workplace. It is very easy to forget that and to use slang or sometimes vulgar language while at work, so that is why it is so important to consciously make an effort not to do that. I feel that if people of our generation make an effort to monitor their language and social media presence like you said, it will help to make a much better impression on older generations. Great post!

  5. Wow great work on drawing in your readers. I was very interested in the section about group work at your job because I completely agree that putting more brains together tackling a project will create the best outcome for the company. I also enjoyed reading the tips on ways to keep a job that you’re in. The language we use is something that does not get brought up enough. When I go home and see my parents I realize how different our generations speech to one another. Overall this was a very beneficial post to read because it helped me realize different approaches to combat the stereotypes put on Millennials. Keep up the good work!

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