Millennials in the Workforce


Millennials now comprise the majority of the workforce in Canada and the United states, surpassing both Generation Xers and Baby Boomers.  This is pretty big news considering some of the stigmas that surround millennials in the workplace. But is there any truth to them? Well, let’s find out.


One of the biggest knocks on millennials is that they’re self-absorbed. The two biggest complaints being that they’re not team players and that they’re narcissists. That seems like a pretty damaging blow at first but while they do struggle with the environmental aspect of work, millennials succeed far and beyond their Gen X counterparts in multiple other categories. According to a study from online workplace, Elance-oDesk, millennials are a good deal more creative, adaptable and open to change than the older Generation X workers. Just to put that into perspective, 66 per cent of millennials are more creative than Gen Xers. In terms of adaptability, millennials are 60 per cent more able than Generation X employees. When you consider the age gap between the two this begins to make a lot more sense. Someone in their early 20s isn’t as settled in with their lifestyle as someone in their mid 40s. Millennials tend to embrace new challenges and can usually learn as they go. When considering this last stat, it should come as no surprise that an astounding 72 percent of millennials are much more open to change as compared to 28 per cent of Generation X employees.


But as previously stated, Generation X workers possess traits that many employers still find attractive, their ability to work together and unselfish attitude when compared to their younger counterparts are what set the two apart.  Here’s another thing about Millennials, 58 per cent of them are expected to leave their jobs after around three years in search of a new one. Fifty-three percent of managers admit that they find it hard to maintain them over time. Now at first glance, it might seem like millennials just carelessly jump ship every now and then. But, there’s more to it than a bunch of kids not being able to figure out what they want to do with their lives. Graham F. Scott brings up an interesting point in an article of his, which you can find by clicking this link. He suggests that the reason these millennials are leaving is the fault of none other than the employers themselves. With low pay and a myriad of internships to deal with it’s possible that these millennials either lose interest over time or never really form a strong enough bond with their employers. Wouldn’t you do the same if you were making the same bare minimum pay for three straight years? At that point, a change of scenery would make a lot of sense.


So are millennials really as bad as some people say they are when it comes to working? Absolutely not. They just work differently than their counterparts do and uphold a different set of values. Isn’t that normal? A different generation means a different approach to how they choose to do things – and the workplace is no different. Sure, they struggle with aspects of work that other generations typically don’t, but they also bring an entirely new skill-set to the table.





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