Millennials aren't that different from us, this may be an unpopular position, but hear me out.
I don’t remember when I first started hearing about Millennials, but after the first time, I pretty much listened to the same thing every time.
Concerning those that hold different opinions,
I believe Millennials are not different, times are.
We get mad because they want what they want.
Sure they may not want to start their day at 7 am. So what?
They don’t want to work past a particular time of day. I get it.
They want to feel they can make a difference. Who doesn’t ?
Sure they value their time and their agenda. Don’t you? Insert all the other things you have heard at the sessions about the millennial generation and their work habits…
Here is the thing though…
It is the times that allow these choices.
Maybe we are just mad because we couldn’t get that choice. I grew up in a different time.
I was conditioned by a job environment that meant I couldn’t push back as much on employers to make concessions. Fair enough. I wasn’t mad it was just the way it was. I worked in an industry that expected certain things, and everybody around me seemed to be ok with that. So I got in line.
We all signed up for a great promise. Millennials watched that promise dissolve for their parents in rare, unforgiving financial times. So they drew their conclusions and made their corrections in the way they want to balance the scales.
No, I believe that generations are the same. People are pretty much the same. Same needs and wants. Same desire.
Just the times make us different.
Here’s the thing, we need this generation in the places we work, and we don’t make them feel welcome when we keep using tropes and stereotypes…very rarely does describing differences lead to unity.
I could write more, but I think you get what I am saying…
Let me know your thoughts in the comments, am I wrong, if so tell me, if you agree, let me know.
these are just the thoughts of someone who used to know more but now knows less...
I would love to hear from you on your thoughts and feedback...