Why Millennials Are Having a Hard Time as Employees
Influential technology analyst Mary Meeker confirms that millennials are currently the biggest generation in the workforce. They’ve surpassed the baby-boomers and now hold the future of our companies in their phone-occupied hands. However, this could change since they’re also the generation having the hardest time keeping those jobs. Many employers agree millennials are falling behind in the work force for more reasons than you’d think.
Millennials want the pay-off now.
Millennials went to college because college equals riches and success in the not-so-distant future. Due to the United States’ outdated education system, millennials are conditioned to work only when there is a reward offered. Millennials want their reward before they’ve done the tough work to earn it.
They do not see the work in the middle, but the end result. In the work force, millennials see perks, amenities, and extra bonuses being offered and want to instantly reap the benefits.
Millennials want entertainment at work, they want rewards, and they want them immediately. This generation grew up with instant information on the internet, instant answers to their unending questions. It’s only normal for them to want instant reward at work.
However, an employer doesn’t want a selfish-thinking employee on their payroll. An employee like this could destroy integrity in the workforce. This instant pay-off mindset is hurting millennials because employers are not hiring to give out free benefits. They want hard-working individuals willing to sacrifice a little for the greater good of the company, not people only looking out for themselves.
Millennials are obsessed with personal aspirations.
Millennials would much rather put extra effort into their personal goals than worry about goals at work. Unlike their parents’ generation, they will put themselves before their career. Their parent laid everything aside. Hobbies, travel dreams, and weekends to complete their tasks at work, but millennials are willing to sacrifice their free time. It’s important for them to still have an active social life, like they did in college. Putting emphasis on themselves instead of the company shows employers they aren’t serious about their job. An employer wants to see a committed worker, spending time dealing with the company’s problems. But millennials would rather work the bare minimum at work—focusing on their personal goals and objectives.
They are independent thinkers.
They expect their employer to be there for them, just like their parents, teachers and counselors. Most millennials were coddled growing up. Overprotected from the feeling of failure and given chance after chance to correct their mistakes in school, they have developed an attitude of I-can-do-no-wrong in work situations.
They were told by their teachers that everyone is a winner and nobody has to suffer 2nd place. Now, this conditioning has turned millennials into overconfident workers who also expect every resource to be available at all times for them to succeed. They not only want their hand held at every corner, they need their employer to be nice and warm, they need to be shown the ropes extensively, they need praise for their work, and they need unlimited help and advice to avoid mistakes.
These demands give employers a headache. Employers are not babysitters or mentors. Long gone are the days of millennials receiving helpful advice at every sketchy fork in the road. Employers are not like college professors, whose job is to teach and help in as many ways as it takes for the information to stick. Employer complaints are showing that this hand-holding method of work isn’t going to cut it in today’s world.
They want meaningful work.
Millennials are just getting out of college, where they’ve been exposed to all sorts of amazing ways of making a living. There are interesting stories in movies and books that millennials have idolized for so long, creating an expectation for their jobs post grad. Now that they’re finally in the workplace, they want their own meaningful experiences at work, just like in the stories from their wise professor and last month’s box office hit. But employers don’t care about that. Employers want the paperwork filled out, the expense reports completed, and the sales skyrocketing.
Millennials are being fired is because their wants are not lining up with what today’s workforce is prepared to offer. Understanding what millennials want and what matters to them is challenging. There is a disconnection between the employer and the employee that is only going to change when there is an understanding between the two forces. For now, millennials would do well to separate themselves from the pack and start compromising.
Hopefully, this article was informative.
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