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ention the word millennial at
a baby boomer dinner party
and watch the eyeballs roll
and the rants begin.
But I am here in their defence, having
worked with and been inspired by so many
of them. In 2015 they became the largest
generation alive. And just so you know,
they’re no longer young. Okay, so everyone
looks about 12 to some of you, but that’s
because we’re getting OLD.
The oldest Millennials are now 34, which
explains why many of my clients (HR
directors, GM’s, DOS’s) are young hot shots.
I work across a lot of industries and am
always meeting inspiring 20 somethings –
they’re the megastars we all hear about. The
start-up CEO Wunderkinds.
But the other ones... they are average
people, just like you and I, and if they’re in
this industry, one thing we know for sure is
that we all work damned hard. If you’re a bit
soft, business events is not the place for you.
Unfortunately this baby boomer and Gen X
predilection to dissing millennials creates an
expectation of pretty negative stereotypes.
And when we do that en masse, a funny thing
happens. They begin to fit our expectations.
You know when I tell you that we’ll be
having a meeting with Luci and she is such a
loser, she talks too much all about herself and
seriously, you’re surprised she even keeps her
job she’s so sloppy... and you meet her, and
guess what? Within seconds of introduction
you think Luci’s a loser as well.
This is what has happened with Millennials.
The older generations have bitched about
It’s time to stop complaining about Millennials, says Lynne Schinella.
WE’RE ALL IN
them so much we expect them to be entitled, lazy, fixated with technology, need babying, get
bored quickly and turn up as they wish.
And of course some are like this. There’s always that lolly in the bag from the petrol station
that no one likes. But on the whole, there’s a lot to be liked about this generation.
As leaders you have one question to ask yourself. What is going to inspire this employee to
bring out the very best of him or herself every day?
Knowing your direct reports is paramount and it’s your role to understand what floats the
boat of each different person. But our differences have many layers and generation is one of
them. If you want to get the most from your 20 and 30 somethings, these are the best things
about them, and this is what they need.
Millennials need purpose. They’re at the peak of life, for heaven’s sake. Give them a reason to
buy in to your vision, to your big goals and they’ll grab it with both hands and be your strongest
front row forward. But don’t hold back information. Share your dreams.
They like to collabarate. A win for one is a win for all. They want to be free to work to their
strengths but bring each one into a successful project and team.
They want to grow. More than anyone millennials seek professional development. They don’t
want to be anywhere that doesn’t support their personal growth and career. While our industry
associations have generally been pretty good at this, companies that make up business events
have traditionally been equally as poor. No money. We’re all soooooo busy. If I train them they’ll
just leave anyway. Take a look at other industries people. The whole world is busy. The best
companies train and groom their staff, developing trust and increasing retention.
Technology is a given. They were born into it, so ensure you stay cutting edge with the
technology you’re using. And get some reverse mentoring happening – they’ll tell you what’s
trending and what’s valuable.
Milliennials don’t believe in work/life balance. They just believe in life – of which work is a part.
They’ll check emails from home and Instagram at work. And you know, they’re a lot less
stressed than their boomer parents because of it.
Every single generation has been looked down upon by the ones before it, with plenty of
shaking heads. And each generation has had some bad eggs and some good. There are many
smart, creative and inspiring millennials who shouldn’t cop a bad rap because there was one
lolly in the bag that someone didn’t like.
And overheard from a millennial - If I had enough money for every time a baby boomer
complained about my generation, I’d have enough money to buy a house in the market they ruined.
Stop with the generational stereotyping. Embrace the differences and work with them to bring
out the very best people they can be. Because when you respect that, you’ll connect as a team
and then you’ll thrive as a business. m
WORKPLACE CULTURE | LYNNE SCHINELLA
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