How do we prepare for millennials in the workforce? What are we missing when it comes to understanding this generation? Why do we want it to be similar to generations before it?
Some people see the millennials as an entitled generation; that they expect things they didn’t earn. A generation that is used to instant gratification. After all, they never had to press rewind on a cassette player and wait 5 minutes for it to rewind. The millennials are used to anything they want at the touch of a screen. They are different. They are very different.
There is a new status quo. The millennials want quicker, faster and easier. I mean, can we blame them? We might see it as collaborative social anxiety and an embellished sense of self. However, what if we change the way we see it? How can we begin to adapt for the millennial workforce?
What if we said, they have an ability to collaborate and a high sense of pride for their work to resemble self.
As psychology heads towards positive affirming, we should establish more hope for the future. Previous generations need to update our attitude while the millennials update their status. The millennials want consistent feedback and less aggressive micromanaging.
Preparing for the millennial workforce takes a different approach:
- Encourage Collaboration – Millennials are encouraged by competition. They are competing for “likes” and not just on their Instagram, but in the workforce.
- Learn from their Tech Savvy– Learn something from your younger counterparts. They are tech savvy and they have been using iPads since elementary school.
- Give them Independence– Independence is important to the millennials. Micromanaging this generation will cause nothing but headache for you and quitting for them.
- Welcome Change – As a hiring manager or business owner you will have to accept where this new generation is. Change is here and it happens faster than it used to. This generation embraces change. You need to as well.
- Cultivate Inspiration– Cut the coddling, but keep up with the Kardashians. Millennials are inspired by realities that past generations may not understand. They are influenced by social excitement and energized by new ideas.
- Recognize their Values– Money isn’t enough. They use plastic or scan apps to pay for things. They don’t place value on money. They have barely even seen it. They want to take a selfie at Machu Picchu instead of buying that new BMW. The monetary value doesn’t override the freedom.
We are not impressing upon the indulgent. We are not acting like overprotective parents. We are building a new workforce that appreciates positive feedback and collective collaboration. So how do we prepare for the millennials to take over the workforce? We encourage, we connect, and we inspire.
Well everyone, sexting was officially added in Webster’s Dictionary this year. “Sexting” is defined as: a blend of the words sex and texting, and first came into use in 2007. It’s the act of sending lewd messages or racy photos via cellphone.
If you are of the baby booming generation or older, just ask your oldest (one that it at least in college) kid about this. Also make sure to talk about it to your teens. Sexting is something that needs discussed and understood. The worst thing you can do is ignore the issue and let teens’ peers help them make these decisions. Simply talk to them and help them understand the dangers.
Why do you think it’s okay to Sext me?
Have you ever gotten some shirtless picture from a person deciding to send it to you after taking it in their bathroom mirror?
Do you sometimes get text language from a possible partner that seems vulgar?
Overall, a person that crosses lines like this does not have much discrepancy themselves. Your language, texts and interactions may be responsible for leading them astray. I am not suggesting that you are the one giving them the wrong idea, but controlling your actions is always easier than controlling someone else’s. Control your actions and hopefully theirs by following these don’ts.
- Use sexual language
- Send sexual pictures
- Make jokes that allude sexual talk
- Overstep your own boundaries
- Be too sexual in your mannerisms
Never assume that your privacy is safe with someone when it can be quickly streamed or sent anywhere.