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.