Surveilling Millennials in the Workplace



Are you a typical millennial?

According to British/American author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant, Simon Sinek, the generation born after 1984 is generally tough to manage and accused of being spoilt and having some sort of entitlement in the workplace.

He goes on to say that they are accused of being narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused and lazy. However, Sinek highlights the attribute of entitlement, saying that management goes as far as asking these youngsters, “what would YOU like to see in the workplace?”

The general response to this question is usually a generic, positive one that carries no valuable weight, that is: ‘I want to work in a place with purpose!”, “I want to make an impact” (whatever that means), “Oh – and we want free food and bean bags to chill on”.

Sinek says that their (millennials) behavioural patterns, are the results of a compilation of influencers.

The primary reasoning behind the negative behaviour of millennials in the workplace, is derivative from four key factors: parenting, technology, impatience and environment, pointing out that their behaviour patterns started with a failed parenting plan.

“The generation that we call ‘the millennials’, too many of them grew up subject to failed parenting strategies where they were told they were special all the time and that they can have anything in life that they wanted,” he says.

The fact is, there is no need for millennials to learn social coping mechanisms, because everything they want, they can have instantaneously… except job satisfaction and strong relationships, simply because there’s no app for that.

Sinek says that millennials usually quits jobs in less than one year, providing reason saying, “I am not making an impact”…his response, “Dude, you’ve only been here for eight months”.

“Millennials need to learn to have patience. Things like job-fulfillment, will not happen within the first year of employment,” he adds.

While Sinek paints somewhat of general view of what millennials behave like in the workplace, we cannot ignore the fact that there are millennials who are thriving in the corporate world.

It is not as simple as he puts it forward… absolutely not. There are other factors to take into consideration: Millennials are operating in a system that ruthlessly demands their productivity and their best selves, while at the same time, reducing them to the lowest common denominator.

According to My Budget 360, the Millennials that are thriving in this economy are those with links to rich parents. The vast majority of other Millennials are mired in debt and unable to purchase homes. Does this sound to you like a spoilt generation?



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