Who are Millennials?

A key challenge every business faces globally is how to manage Millennials (Gen Y’s) within the workplace. By 2020 in Australia alone they will make up two thirds of our workforce so the problem is not going away.  So, what defines this so called Millennial generation and why are they seemingly the bane of every Business Owners existence?

The term Millennials refers to individuals who reached adulthood around the turn of the 21st century. Also referred to as Gen Y’s or Net Generations or even Generation NOWs! To be exact people born between 1981 and 1995 (Aged 23-37) are often referred to as Millennials but there is much contention about the actual age of this generation, specifically country to country.

No other generation on record has been consistently and doggedly ‘shamed’ like Gen Y’s have. I know this term may feel overly dramatic, even a little preposterous, but globally Millennial bashing has become somewhat of a sport. Apparently, Gen Y’s, are the most hopeless generation of the 21st century.

Collectively we lament that this entire generation are crappy, useless workers. Individuals born between 1981 and 1995 have been accused of being unable to focus, addicted to incentives, feeling entitled to special treatment, using stupid excuses for not showing up to work, demanding flexibility and wanting to ‘make a difference in the world’ without actually having to do the work.

At least that’s what they’ve been telling us.

Bad with money, lacking basic life skills, constantly seeking acknowledgment and instant gratification, most of them still living at home with their parents.

Narcissistic, terrible communicators, screen obsessed. I don’t need to go on, we have all seen and heard the standard media representation of Millennials, labelling them as a bunch of a self-absorbed,  lazy and hard to manage kidults.

A somewhat productivity virus in the workplace.

Difficult to work with. Impossible to lead.

But what if everything you think you know about Millennials is wrong?

Yes, they are certainly different, the first digital natives, the first generation to ‘grow up’ on social media, but hang on a minute, is this because they are terrible employees, terrible human beings, hopeless hapless losers or has the cult of “tough leadership” and the shame culture so prevalent in Australian (and global) workplaces created this massive divide?

My research disproves all these myths and more. Millennials are not who we think they are, to learn more you can check out my free ebook which shares the latest facts around who Millennials really are!

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