Putting Millennial Stereotypes To a Stop

In today’s workforce, millennials are slowly starting to take over and become a vast majority that makes up the working population. With new innovative technological improcontrversialnialsvements happening daily, millennials are being relied on in some way since they have grown up in a tech savvy generation and world. The problem with that is there are many stereotypes about millennials in the workplace that are denying them the opportunity to help or give each individual a bad reputation. According to this Forbes article, “59% of business makers and 62% of higher education influential give recent college graduates a C grade or lower for preparedness in their first jobs.”This means before a college graduate even steps foot into an office, more than half of the workforce and professors believe they are not prepared for this job, which puts them in a bad position without even starting the job. With this mindset that people seem to have about millennials, it is easy to see why there are various stereotypes about them. This is one reason why millennials have trouble receiving promotions or why it takes so long for them to even be considered for a promotion. No matter what school they graduated from, or what degree a that graduate has, there was a lot of time, work, and effort that went into receiving the degree and has got them to where they are today.

According to this Radio Boston article on 6 Stereotypes About Millennials At Work, out of the six stereotypes given, “They’re not loyal” is the one that stands out that needs to be addressed first in my opinion. I somewhat understand why people may think this because of the atmosphere millennials grew up in, but I believe in order to get respect in the workplace this stereotype needs to be addressed and fixed. If people believe you are not loyal, there is no trust in that individual and it will be hard for that employee to receive that promotion or let alone receive respect from their coworkers. Millennials need to earn coworkers respect from day one in order to be seen as trustworthy and is crucial in order to a stereotype like this to go away. Earning coworkers respect by always being in communication with them about projects and such and showing that you are willing to be a team player and help in any way can be a great way to show that you are loyal to the company and all coworkers. “Millennials lack experience” according to this article is a major stereotype and fits right in with the stereotype mentioned earlier about not being loyal. Millennials have high standards and goals for themselves just like every person should have for themselves, but balancing those goals with helping reach the goals of the firm is crucial. If millennials show they are dedicated to the firm and help in any possible way, that is a key step to achieving the personal goals they have set and shows they are not just interested in their own personal goals.

To help stop these stereotypes, this Inc. article explains what millennials want at work and I believe are very helpful facts. “Let millennials sit at the big-kid table” is the best point made in this article and can help business functions today and in the future. To help millennials feel important and feel they are a true member of the firm, letting them sit in on big meetings or decisions helps them stay in the loop of what is happening is important and will be helpful in the future if someday those millennials are key members in meetings like those. If millennials know they are needed and are a key member to the firm, just like every other worker out there, they will work as many hours as it takes to get the job done.

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7 thoughts on “Putting Millennial Stereotypes To a Stop

  1. I really like(or don’t like) how you brought up “more than half the workforce and professors believe they are not prepared for the job.” Having such a poor perception of the millennial generation, even before they even see our work, is pretty ridiculous and setting us up for failure. This shows how it is ever more important that millennials show their worth through their work in an attempt to rid themselves of these stereotypes. I also like how you brought up “millennial’s lack experience.” With all these stereotypes it is hard for millennial’s to gain valuable work experience because all the employers are wary to hire them. Millennial’s need to prove to their employers’ that the stereotypes that have been cast upon them are invalid, and the best way to do this is through their work.

    1. I could not agree more. As millennials, we need to take into account that we will be the majority of the workforce sooner than later. Working hard, being a team player, having the ability to communicate with others, and being a problem solver are key traits that I think all millennials need to strive to have in order to be successful and beat all the stereotypes.

  2. Hey Jacob,

    I really like some of the points you made about many millennials not being ready for their first job right out of college. I’ve always thought it’s interesting that you get onto a job and immediately go into an extensive training program. Not sure if that says something about schooling, or millennials as a whole. I really like your last paragraph talking about how they need to let kids sit at the big boy table, and I think its completely true and companies are definitely putting it into action. You have some great points!

  3. I think that you make some great points here, Jacob. You are spot on with “let the millennials sit at the big-kids table”. I think that a lot of times, people in our generation think that they are just working to work and they just do what is handed to them. By letting the young workers sit in on bigger meetings it makes them feel like they are actually doing something to contribute to the success of the company and that inspires us to do better and work harder.

  4. Although I never actually knew that fact about the number of employers that assume millennials are not prepared for their jobs, I kind of always a weird hunch about that. You bring up some great points and really showed how each of these stereotypes and facts are connected. You bring up the great point about how the trust issue stems from the stereotype of “Millennials lacking preparation”. I definitely agree that getting involved early on in meetings and functions is a great way to prove you are a team player from the beginning.

  5. Jacob,
    I thought you did a great job demonstrating points throughout your blog post, and liked the connection you made between our generation and the stereotypes associated. I think we just need time to prove ourselves, it doesn’t make sense for older generations to assume what our generation will turn out like in the professional world. Either way, I think we will do great and exceed expectations!

    -Aaron Berns

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