Top 10 Reasons Millennials Slack Off at Work

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Top 10 Reasons Millennials Slack Off at Work    

The issue of generations has taken a new and more significant role in the society and especially in the workplace. People from all generations have some defining characteristics that make them both a challenge and an asset to work with. Also, called the Generation Y, Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation and make up the largest fraction of the workforce in the US and other countries. They are challenging the traditional notion of work and as a result, many companies are struggling with the demands and work ethics of employees in this generation.

It is important for employers and managers to understand how employees use and misuse their time at work as such knowledge can help impact how they train, evaluate, measure, monitor, and compensate. The following are top 10 reasons Millennials are slacking off at work.

1.       They believe in life and not work-life balance

Although millennials are typically hardworking, work is not everything they want. They work to live not live to work. Millenials would like to have time for their family, friends, hobbies, and other pleasures and pastimes. They want to combine passion with profit, not minding work extra long hours on the projects they feel they are passionate about rather than helping other people reach their profit benchmark.

2.       They do not value the traditional workplace rules

Millennials no longer deem most traditional workplace practices such as strict dress codes, doing things for the sake of it, fines for lateness, and others, as important. They often fail to compile with the so-called outdated rules.

3.        Millennials are autonomous

They do not want to be reprimanded or micromanaged. Millennials want to be actively involved in the decision-making process and tend to slack off work whenever they feel like their voice is not being heard. If you want novelty and progress for your business, it is essential that you allow everyone in your team to share ideas about the product or services.

4.       They seek transparency in their workplaces  

Millennials will not merely agree and do as they are told by the managers or employers unless they understand the logic behind it. The Gen Ys do not want to spend their time on things reasoned with “I know better because I am more experienced.”

5.       Millennial workers are flexible and can do things on the go

They can answer calls, reply emails, and solve problems on the go. For this reason, they do not feel the need to be anchored to their desks during traditional working hours.

6.       Most Millennials are ambitious and want to learn from experience

Unlike older generations, millennials are focused on personal growth. They crave for new knowledge and first-hand experience. Many Generation Y workers will spend time trying to master new skills, watching courses, and learning new things.

7.       They do not want to be just another part of the team

Many millennials want a job with a purpose and want to do something meaningful in life. Many of them tend to slack off at work when they feel they like they are just another cog in the wheel.

8.       Millennials value intangible work benefits more

They are more attracted to intangible benefits such as sabbaticals, a friendly working environment, lack of micromanagement and bureaucracy, along with other palpable perks.

9.       They tend to be less loyal than the preceding generations  

Most millennials left colleges underqualified, overeducated, and often with large student debts. As such, they have a hard time dealing with little income, doing short time jobs, and struggling to be independent.

10.   They are great at finding shortcuts

Millennials try to find alternatives and diverse ways of approaching issues. They will use technology to enable them to sort out things within the shortest time possible.

While Millennials seem to be slacking off work, it is important to keep in mind that their style of work is quite different. In order to remain impactful, innovative, and financially competitive, organizations will need to go outside their corporate comfort zones to plan and design roles for the millennial workforce.

References

https://www.fastcompany.com/3006051/slacking-work-controversial-productivity-tool-so-there-better-way

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/04/20/are-millennials-lazy-entitled-narcissists.html

https://www.fastcompany.com/3046989/what-millennial-employees-really-want