Updated: Nov 6, 2019
Written by: Heidi Owens
A few weeks ago, someone told me that my generation (I guess you could call us the “millennial” generation) is made up of people who are incredibly whiny and hardheaded.
Can you believe that? Us? Hardheaded and whiny? Say it isn’t so!
But seriously, think about it for a minute. I don’t know about you but I’m in my mid-twenties. I can remember parts of my early childhood and living in a much simpler time before things really started to change. I don’t remember adults in the 90s acting like my peers do in 2019. But what changed? Why is our generation so frowned upon now that we are adults?
Let’s take a step back for a second. Did you know there were roughly 71 million millennials in the U.S. in 2016? The latest figures available according to the Pew Research Center and this cohort are expected to surpass the numbers of baby boomers (those born between 1946 to 1964) in 2019 (73 million to 72 million). Even though there are no official dates to determine who counts as a millennial, millennials are usually described as anyone from age 18 to 30. Anyone born after 2000 is technically considered Generation Z.
According to my research, the older generations like the Baby Boomers or even Generation X had a much smoother transition into the adult/working world. It is widely noted that most millennials entered the workforce at the height of the Great Recession (roughly 2008-2010), which affected future wages and life choices, like delaying marriage and having children. Because of this, this is considered the “normal” for Millennials.
Now let’s get to the punch. According to an article I read, “Employers are especially interested in understanding the profile of a millennial, plenty of research has been done to look at the effects of the generation on the workforce. Millennials have long been painted as entitled and narcissistic. One meta-analysis of 170 studies appeared to back this up by saying that the personality trait of entitlement, which is defined as ‘believing you are better than others and deserve more than them’ was 25 percent higher among millennials than Gen Xers.” (http://www.forbes.com)
With all of this being said, if you are having issues in your life due to your employer/place of employment, whether it be from internal issues, bias, lack of teamwork, no diversity and inclusion training, lack of strategic planning or just being looked down on because you are a Millennial, check out these tips:
o Understand how your boss/manager/supervisor thinks.
o Don’t be afraid to speak up in meetings but keep a positive attitude.
o Learn Emotional Intelligence.
o Stay open-minded
in all aspects, especially constructive criticism and learn adaptability.
o BE A TEAM PLAYER! Teamwork is key.
o Dress for the job.
o Learn how to effectively communicate.
o Look for leadership opportunities.
o Stay professional. Keep your personal life personal and your professional life professional.
o Focus on the results, not just the actions.
o Don’t compare yourself to others.
o Master problem-solving.
o Commit to learning.
o Be comfortable with the pressure.
o Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
o Diversity and Inclusion
If you are looking for further assistance, please do not hesitate to give us a call or email us. Dream Builders Communication, Inc. would be happy to assist you and we offer FREE 30-MINUTE CONSULTATIONS so you can test-drive our services to figure out if they are right for you.