I Don't Like Millennials
Now, don’t get me wrong. I like people who were born after 1980. I like them quite a bit, in fact. But I don’t like when they’re lumped into one big category called Millennials that assumes they all have the same motivators, behaviors, skills and goals in life.
Typical workplace things you hear about that companies should do to attract and retain Millennials apply to people of any age or generational group. I’m technically a part of Gen X (admittedly, not too far from the Baby Boomer line). Trust me, though, when I say that I, and many of my generational peer group, also appreciate:
- An office that is fresh, vibrant, and promotes social interactions in a casual environment
- Flexibility that allows me to balance my work and personal life
- Giving back to my community through corporate initiatives
- A career path that allows me to seek challenge and have input - not be stagnant, bored or ignored
- Working in teams to drive projects and results
I recognize that as a group, this generation is different than mine. They grew up with more technology in their daily lives; multi-tasking has far more multiples in their world; and being social takes on an entirely new meaning for this generation. But they’re individuals.
My advice? Incorporate the suggestions you read about for the millennial generation – but do it because it’s good practice for all of your employees. And continue to find and capitalize on the strengths and motivators for the individuals that make up your company.
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