Myth 1: Millennials have different career goals than other generations.
Millennials have the same career goals as previous generations. The desire to make a positive impact, solve social/environmental challenges, and work with unique and diverse people top the list of career expectations and goals. Every generation has the desire to work with a good group of people, to make a difference, and to feel fulfilled in their work including millennials.
Myth 2: Millennials want to award everyone with participation medals and praise.
This is entirely untrue. As a matter of fact millennials want recognition for accomplishments, equality and fairness, and transparency within their company. Doesn’t everyone want these characteristics within their managers and company?
Interestingly generation x workers are more inclined to solicit multiple opinions prior to making a decision and to jump ship when unfulfilled; however, surveys reveal that workers of every generation leave jobs for the same top four reasons. 1) The opportunity to move up within a company 2) The opportunity to fast track their employment 3) To follow one’s dreams 4) To save the world
Myth 4: Millennials are spoiled and have a sense of entitlement.
Managers often confuse the desire to be recognized for individual accomplishments as arrogance and a sense of entitlement. The truth is that millennials have grown up in an unsure job market and want to prove themselves and be recognized as an asset. Recognition brings job security.
Myth 5: Millennials are slackers.
Bentley University completed a study of millennial workers and found that these workers are ambitious and loyal to people and companies that value them and their work. The expectation is to be treated ethically and morally right within the workplace and to be recognized for hard work and dedication. The top reason millennials leave a job is because of poor management.
Myth 6: Texting and Social Media are the only means of communicating with this generation.
The truth, according to the Bentley survey is that the majority of millennials would prefer to communicate in person. Text messaging and social media can be interpreted incorrectly whereas face to face communication ensures nothing gets lost in translation.
Myth 7: Privacy is not important to millennials, who post everything to social media.
In fact, millennials are so accustomed to using social media that they are fully aware of the ramifications of disclosing all matters online. Privacy is actually quite important to the generation. The 2014 Communispace and Google Consumer Surveys found that most millennials do not reveal their real selves on their social media sites, but instead create the image they want to project.
Perhaps the gap between management’s perception and the millennial reality is a forged through a lack of communication. With millennials expected to make up 50% of the workforce in the next five years companies and previous generations should make the effort to look past preconceived notions of this generation and look to create a better bond between workers based on individual attributes.