Well, that’s at least what most of the stereotypes label us, but is it true and if so, how have we gotten here and what can we do to right the wrongs
There is no doubt that a large portion of this generation has a negative workplace reputation. If you Google “millennials in the workplace”, a slew of posts about engagement and motivation will fill your screen. Why is this such a big topic? To begin, a large portion of management and executive teams consist of Baby Boomers and Generation X, so understanding this new breed is critical to the success of their organizations. Secondly, this generation is due to be 75% of the workforce within the next decade, so the takeover is imminent.
As a millennial who manages other millennials, I confess that we, at times, have done things to earn these stereotypes, BUT I believe a lot of this comes from generational and societal differences. Most of the generations that have come before us were taught to finish school and immediately enter into a career, and there were few who waivered. Now, we’re seeing parents encouraging their children to travel and take time off prior to entering the 9:00-5:00 (do people still actually work 9:00-5:00?). Before millennials have even gotten to this point in their life you’ll see parents reprioritize their life, so their child doesn’t miss out on an unimportant social event. It has taught our generation to live in the moment and worry less about the future. This is by no means a knock on the previous generations or millennials, because what it has the potential to result in can mean dedication and innovation (just trust me, keep reading).
Ultimately, societal conformities in the workplace have been significantly minimized, which has enabled individuals to follow their dreams. Yes, their immediate dreams may be traveling to Thailand for a year, but eventually it becomes something that could create incredibly successful and productive employees. When, not if, millennials become aware that frustration is not warranted after one month into their career, their stubbornness to accomplish their goals can be quite powerful. As employers, if we continue to harness their goal-seeking mentality to drive success we might just create a new stereotype for Google to splatter.
Recently, we were very pleasantly surprised to discover that Forbes named 4 Corner to their list of the Top 250 Recruiting Firms in America.
It’s a surprisingly well-kept secret that many of the “awards” out there are actually pay-for-play. It often takes paying a large “application fee” or commitment of significant advertising dollars to be named to a list or receive recognition by a popular publication. Even worse, the numbers are almost always self-reported, which leads to…well… let’s just say occasionally overstated numbers and results.
But not this one!
We didn’t see this coming (nor did we even realize such a list existed), but we are thrilled to receive the recognition. We would very much like too thank the individuals who rated us among the best in the business, and we’ll continue working to prove that we’re worthy of your vote!
We get it. Believe me, we do. All day, every day, we speak with prospective candidates and current contractors about their likes and dislikes. We know that many of you aren’t in an ideal situation, and we are eager to help facilitate your next great career move. Of course we are – it’s what we do!
When the time comes to leave your current employer, please remember to always do it the right way. Give proper notice. Offer to help with the transition, and then actually do it. Exit with grace, and express gratitude to your soon-to-be former employer. The manner in which you resign will leave a lasting impression, so be sure to make it a positive one.
Remember – it’s a big world, but it’s a round one, too.