Millennials have changed the game in the workplace. Technology has been constantly present through every aspect of life for us, most importantly in communication and education. We now have the capability to share and demonstrate an idea with a person across the country. Take the concept of this class, for instance. An entire college course is accomplished through the use of a blog. Although there is the missing aspect of physical interaction with people in an online class, new ideas are spread quickly and across a larger audience. The ability to share the complete opinions and ideas of 30 different people through the blog would not be possible through in-class discussions. There is simply not enough time for everyone to outline his or her every thought. A blog makes that possible. Millennials can use this method in a workplace and more people can communicate at the same time. Past generations are used to a different company culture and that is not necessarily a bad thing in the broad picture, it just causes some negative stereotypes.
Stereotypes go both ways. No one is ever going to completely understand someone from a different generation because there is no firsthand experience. This article shares stereotypes of both millennials and baby boomers. Millennials are “lazy, entitled and think they know everything” and baby boomers “don’t get new tech” are some of the most common stereotypes for the generations. The study conducted by CompTIA indicates how millennials are proactive and eager to learn through channels of technology. Baby boomers are eager to learn, but use more traditional channels, such as classroom training. The key point here is difference in method. Outcomes are still successful by both groups of people and learning is achieved. The path to achieve it is just different among the two generations. Therefore, do not feel discouraged due to a difference in learning style or approaches to accomplishing a goal. If the work gets done effectively, use the method that you prefer. Just collaborate with other people and compromise when necessary.
An important thing for us to do is take these stereotypes and spin them around to be a competitive advantage. Millennials are ambitious, seek challenges, and solve problems. The mindset of past generations, to “pay dues” before climbing the workplace ladder, are overlooked in the minds of millennials. But is that a bad thing? If the younger generation can achieve goals quicker, learn faster, and stay efficient, then companies can reach new heights and develop future goals that bring the company to a new level.
The stereotypes have been put on the table and millennials are aware of this challenge. However, there are even greater obstacles to be ready for. Finance major here, so let’s look at some numbers. Millennials are the most educated generation in history, yet median earnings are $33,883, significantly less than in the past. A struggling economy, fewer jobs, higher expectations, and higher cost of living, have created more obstacles in the workplace game. College tuition has inflated 234% since the year I was born, so it has doubled in price… twice. Just sit with that for a minute. There are many other difficulties in terms of numbers, but what can millennials do to combat this additional issue? Here are a few more ideas, from a fellow millennial.
Stay ambitious. By being driven and motivated to succeed, the promotions will come. Hard work, quick learning, and innovation will make the obstacles weaker. Therefore, use every resource available and ignore the stereotypes. Technology is a wonderful tool for everyone and creates new possibilities for companies. Take our knowledge of technology and new forms of communication to accomplish goals more quickly. Use the tool of technology to change the game of the company in a positive way. However, if this approach does not work, there is another advantage that millennials possess. Millennials are capable of adapting quickly. Learn the style of communication that works best in a situation. If email or instant messaging is not getting the message across, schedule a meeting to explain in person. Adapt to the communicative needs of the workplace. Last but not least, be a game changer.