Times have changed, it doesn’t matter which end of the generational spectrum you represent. The seismic shift occurring in today’s workforce is complicated to say the least. Our generation of young individuals, dubbed the “millennials” have no doubt faced more scrutiny than any other generation before us. We have gained the reputation that we are lazy, unfocused, and unmotivated couch potatoes that sit and watch Netflix all day long. However, this is not the case. According to an article published by CIO regarding this topic, by the year 2020, over 46% of the U.S. workforce will be made up of millennials. As more and more companies are understanding this reality, the have slowly begun to adapt their leadership styles in order to accompany the future leaders of
the business world. Because 2016 is just getting underway and it will be another few years until the millennial generation becomes the workforce majority, it is up to us to change our current reputation and challenge the older generation’s perspective on millennials as a whole. Fortunately there are many ways for our generation to accomplish this feat.
While it may be true that we a millennials don’t quite fit into the professional landscape that exists today, that is not necessarily a negative thing. Of course we care about the bottom lines of the companies that we work for, but that’s not all. Most of the young people making up this generation actually care about a lot more than just money. The idea of “people, planet, and profits” is the bottom line for the millennial generation. By forming a triple bottom line, we are focused not only on the money we can generate, but also the good we can generate to those around us, and the world we live on. We have voiced these outlooks to the individuals of older generations and have made major headway into getting the practices we as millennials care about put into action.
A survey conducted by Bentley University revealed that 95% of millennials said a company’s ethics are very important to them, including 22% who cared the most about a company’s policies toward the environment. This focus on the environment has pressured many companies to amend their existing programs in favor of stronger sustainability policies and practices. In addition to the environment, we’ve also seen leaders embrace a stronger commitment to diversity, flexibility, and work-life balance. These are all significant and constructive changes that have been influenced by the millennial workforce to prove that we are not what we are pointed out to be by the generations before us.
As we go on changing the environment of today’s professional sphere, there are also some important rules for us to follow as well which will make the transition for us millennials a lot smoother. Luckily for us, Business Insider has compiled a list of 14 different rules for us to follow and really use to our advantage. One of their tips for our generation is to make sure we can develop the “soft skills” needed by today’s competitive job markets. This means that not only do we need to be proficient at all the technical “hard skills” which we learn in our college classes, but also leadership, organizational, teamwork, listening, and coaching skills we’ll use in our jobs on a daily basis.
It is our responsibility to start pulling our weight in keeping the world turning. Join me in making the needed changes for the good of the people around us, the planet we live on, and the businesses we will eventually lead.
Each generation goes further than the generation preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.
– Ronald Reagan