We are quite familiar with the negative stereotypical descriptions of Generation Y. Millennials are “presumed to be lazy, entitled, delusional, narcissistic and unreliable.”* (Ouch!) But, Russ Minary,** Founder of On Purpose Enterprises LLC, has a new take on the differences that define employees born between the 1980s and early 1990s.
Minary sites Grovo’s white paper: The Disappearing Act: Why Millennials Leave Companies—And How L&D Can Entice Them To Stay which reveals the 5 things millennials are craving at work:
- Development: training, career advancement, opportunities for growth, and new skills.
- Meaning: work that matters; profit with a purpose.
- Autonomy: leveraging an entrepreneurial spirit; freedom to work their way.
- Efficiency: finding the better, faster, and easier way to work; innovating, experimenting, and trying new things; ‘smartcuts’.
- Transparency: information, trust, knowledge, and being kept in the loop with the truth.
But, here’s Minary’s twist: if you take away office politics, overworked schedules, and spoiled expectations, wouldn’t you describe yourself as having the same cravings? Interesting, isn’t it? So, the test of the more ‘experienced’ generations is not, can you mold these ‘youngsters’ into loyal producers– the test is, can you tap into the ingenuity, fresh ideas, and passion while reigniting your own!
*Source: Overcoming Millennial Workplace Stereotypes (Wharton Magazine)
**Minary presented to “CCBA Dialogue for Christians in Business” on March 18, 2016.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman (PMP, PCC) is a speaker, author, and leadership coach with Leading Synergies. She founded Synergy Groups, virtual masterminds connecting Christians in leadership around the globe for the purpose of Community, Accountability, and Transformation. She also partners with high-performers and heirs-apparent especially in the STEM industries. Michelle’s formal background in technology, franchise, and project management gives her an edge on implementing best practices and scaling towards sustainable success. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 22 years.