10 Reasons Why Millennials are not Lazy

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10 Reasons Why Millennials are not Lazy

Many significant, life-changing events have occurred in the Millennial’s lifetime (1982-2002) that either shaped them as individuals or shaped other generation’s perceptions of them: the Oklahoma City Bombing, the Embassy attacks in Africa, the shootings at Columbine High School, the 9/11 terrorist attacks just to name a few. A look at some actual characteristics of Generation Y, followed by some common misconceptions of about this generation. In other words, people believe the Millennials are lazy.

1 MILLENNIALS BETTER EDUCATED

As a group, Millennials are unlike any other youth generation in living memory. They are more numerous, more affluent, better educated, and more ethnically diverse.

2 CUTTING TV

The explosion of the video game market, computers in almost every household, provides the fuel for the fire for other generations to consider the Millennials lazy. In fact, studies show that Millennials have cut TV viewing times in order to read books.

3 PARENTS’ INVOLVEMENT

Contrary to popular belief regarding what many refer to as the “Nintendo Generation,” Generation Y is, in fact, a parental desire to actively engage with their children, as well as an increase in societal violence causes many Baby Boomer parents to become abundantly involved in their child’s lives. Moreover, many parents choose for organized, supervised, after-school activities to prevent children from roaming the streets. This increase in activity not only promotes a busier youth, but also contributes to this generation being one of the youngest severely stressed generations in history.

4 MONEY MATTERS

Generation Y is often regarded as a ‘babied’ generation that does not work. The common belief is that the money they spend is given to them. The reality is that not only does this generation work, but it is also very focused on the future. Many have five year plans and plan on being more financially successful than their parents. One-third of this generation works more than 20 hours a week and has an estimated average spending capacity of 94 dollars a week.

5 EAGER TO LEARN

The computer age has made this generation much more impatient than other generations at this age. These potential workers will be eager to excel and learn in the workplace, in a hurry to get promoted.

6 SEEK FOR RECOGNITION

Recognition at the company level, whether through an award, a company token, or a sincere handshake are simple reminders that everyone’s service, no matter how long, is appreciated and important, for this generation.

7 TAKE PRIDE AND OWNERSHIP

More than 5,600 Americans were interviewed as part of the study, which looked at attitudes towards taking time off work. Those who, for various reasons – guilt, pride or fear of being replaced – did not use their vacation allowance.

The results show that millennials are more likely than other generations to be hooked on work: “More than four in 10 (43%) of work martyrs are millennials, compared to just 29% of overall respondents.”

8- STRONG DESIRE

When millennials landed jobs, they brought with them a strong desire to prove themselves, intensified by the often long and painful search that preceded their first day.”

9- EFFICIENCY AND FLEXIBILITY

They are part of the digital age and they need the same flexibility as customers have. The same  job can be performed efficiently well even if it is done from home.

When you hear executives complaining about millennials, their company might be probably operating with a business model two decades out of date.

10 TEAM WORK 

This Generation have manifested a wide array of positive social habits that older American no longer associates with youth, including a new focus on teamwork, achievement, modesty, and good conduct.

Source:

www.neric.org/Keynote.ppt, 20 April 2005, slide 24

https://www.usa.gov/