As a ‘millennial’ myself (anyone born between 1981 and 1996) although barely making it into that range, I find it interesting that the tendency is to assume that “this is simply a group of needy and entitled people who’ll never be truly happy or loyal at work?”, right?
Well, this article says something different and I love it!
“Perhaps we should all just accept that this is simply a group of needy and entitled people who’ll never be truly happy or loyal at work? Not so fast. Gallup’s research reminds us that millennial workers grew up very differently than previous generations, and have a unique set of values, needs – and worldview – as a result.”Mark C. Crowley
And goes on to explain what shaped the millennial mindset, for example:
“They observed the work-driven stress levels of their parents. The millennial pivot: A generation far less willing to sacrifice their lives for work. They want to be judged on their results, not time spent on the clock.”
“Traveling teams and helicopter parents. The millennial pivot: A generation that needs much more frequent feedback and approval, and expects highly personalized attention from their bosses.”
“They’re the most technologically connected generation ever. The millennial pivot: They have a huge awareness of what other job opportunities are available, and great visibility into the leadership cultures at other organizations. They may also operate with an idealistic expectation that getting whatever they want should happen quickly.”
Read the complete article here: Millennials Don’t Want Fun; They Want You To Lead Better by Mark C. Crowley
Setting the right expectations from the beginning (work, relationships, kids) is going to be the key to success. There can only be disappointment if one part is not clear about what to expect and what’s expected.