Remember how millennials were all entitled brats who mooched off of their parents instead of getting jobs? An actual study was done to see just how terrible we really are as managers and bosses, and three complaints came up more than any others. Here’s everything everyone else in the world thinks of millennials in the workplace. (By the way, everyone else in the world sounds like jerks.)
Millennials are too entitled.
The study says millennials will often forsake jobs that don’t have telecommuting options or flexible hours. You know why that is? Unlike prior generations, millennials work to live. They don’t live to work. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Take a seat, old folks–we have other interests, and considering most millennials can barely find work in whatever field in which they studied, this makes quite a bit of sense. Plus, some of us just hate pants and make more money as independent contractors. Ahem.
Millennials are too needy.
Complaints about millennials included needing more recognition for their work than their peers in Generation X or earlier. While this can understandably get annoying for some managers of the rare breed who needs a cookie for absolutely everything, it’s not unreasonable to want periodic evaluations of your work. After all, you can’t improve your performance if your managers don’t point out your strengths and weaknesses. (I already know my weaknesses are pumpkin pie and wearing pants, but sometimes I need a reminder.)
Millennials are disloyal.
We want challenges, promotions and raises, and if we don’t get them, we bounce. Is that disloyal or opportunistic? This is a question of spin, not objective fact.
Come on guys, we’re really not so bad. And if we are? Blame yourselves for giving the losing T-ball teams trophies, too.
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