Cause let’s face it, everyone has them. Millennials have been stereotyped in a lot of different ways, and it’s easy to get defensive, and play the blame game. However, at some point millennials have to step up and own that there may be some very real weaknesses hiding in the stereotypes. After all, where did the stereotypes come from anyway?
3 main weaknesses of millennials are:
- Constant need of feedback
- Lack of loyalty
- Poor-work ethic
Constant Need of Feedback
Wanting feedback is not necessarily a bad thing, however constantly needing feedback the way millennials do has been seen as excessive. Millennials want to know how they’re doing, and they want to know as soon as possible. It’s good to be proactive and want to learn where the mistakes are and what can be done to fix it. However, managers may not see it that way, and frequently badgering the manager probably isn’t the best way to get on their good side. This need for feedback can be explained by different things, such as the increasing technology that is available today. When someone has a question about anything all that needs to be done is pull out the smart phone that is definitely nearby and ask Siri, Cortana, or any one of the endless search engines that are available at all times.
Lack of Loyalty
Millennials are always looking for their next move which causes this lack of loyalty to a job, or company. This may not seem like a bad thing, however employers generally want to keep you around for the long haul. According to TIME Magazine, “Gen Y employees aren’t looking for companies wanting to retain workers for 30 years. Gen Y workers will instead hold at least seven jobs in their lifetime, and 60% of millennial employees in one survey recognized their current positions as mere stepping-stones. This group grew up with options, and they expect their careers and work environments to also be filled with choices.”
Millennials are known as the generation who were praised for everything, always being given trophies and awards simply for participating in events. This won’t be the case when searching for a job. Promotions and job offers, or even raises will not be offered without hard work and dedication to the position. However, “…40 percent of Gen Y respondents in one [TIME Magazine] survey said they felt like they should be promoted every two years, regardless of achievements or work habits.” It’s important to show dedication to a job and work hard in every aspect of what you do.
Now that the weaknesses are out in the open, go check out Combatting Millennial Stereotypes to see what to do to improve!