by Robert Oriti
I’m back to shed some light on a recent post I wrote on managing millennials. The disconnect between millennials, Gen-X and BabyBoomers always sparks a great debate. So, I’m here to clarify a few things:
I am a millennial. I have been stereotyped and I think it’s helpful to use my own personal experiences to let everyone know how ridiculous the millennial stereotype actually is. This is meant to be a humorous way for Gen-X and BabyBoomers to see millennial stereotypes from the millennial perspective.
Why should anyone care about working with millennials? Millennials are the largest group looking for employment. We are the largest group entering the workforce at any time in history. Millennials are more than willing to put forth all necessary effort to deliver results. We may not know everything and that’s why we may need some guidance along the way just like anyone who is starting a new career.
In my last article I compared millennials to puppies and said: “Think of it like training a puppy, with some time and a little patience we will be your most loyal companions.” We (millennials) are seen as young and inexperienced. We are essentially just puppies in a dog-eat-dog world. I will speak for myself in saying I’m inexperienced in the workforce. That’s what it’s like in the corporate world. You start at the bottom and work your way up. We have to be trained (like a puppy) to handle different situations and be the best that we can be. Millennials don’t know it all, but we will never stop learning.
Millennials want to be a part of something; identify with some type of culture. Allowing us to take ownership of a specific task or take credit for a project is something that helps us along the way. With that credit/ownership comes a lot of responsibility. We see that and are ready to take the challenge head on.
This leads me to my next point, go BIG on the praise. We spend more time at work with our coworkers than with our families. We put in hard work day after day to become masters at our craft. Anyone at any stage of their work experience likes to be recognized for a job well done! If we do a good job and work hard, let us know. If we screw up, let us use that as a learning experience. The praise will inspire us to put forth the effort next time around and the constructive criticism will inspire us to take a step back and look at what went wrong.
I am just one millennial giving my perspective on the work world. My goal is to get readers of every generation to think about how to work better across the generational divides. I’m glad its sparking discussion and debate.