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How to Overcome Perceived Millennial Weaknesses

Jason Wong
Published Date:
Jun 15, 2016

old youngUnfortunately, since they’ve started to enter adulthood and by extension, the workforce, millennials have been subject to a number of negative stereotypes that may or may not have basis in fact. So what can you do to convince your Boomer or Gen Xer employer that you don’t fulfill those stereotypes while engaging in your work the way that you’re most comfortable with? Here are three stereotypes that millennials face, and corresponding tips from Inc on how to rise above them:

Laziness. One unfortunate stereotype of millennials is that their work ethics are less than stellar. But while millennials on average report working less weekly hours than their older counterparts, that statistic does not indicate that technology has changed the way people can work. Many programs shrink tasks down to a fraction of the time they used to require. Emphasize that you’re working smarter and harder.

Lacking loyalty. It’s not so uncommon for people in previous generations to have been with their companies for decades, so the common millennial expectation to leave their organization within 2-4 years can seem jarring. Keep in mind however, that job hopping isn’t the red flag it used to be (unless there’s a string of transitions of less than a year apiece). As long as you learn from each of your jobs, switching jobs to improve your professional skills and career is something to be lauded, not condemned.

Needing constant feedback. According to the Harvard Business Review, millennials want feedback about half as much more than their professional counterparts. This can be difficult for older employers to wrap their heads around, so what you can do if you want that feedback is to take things into your own hands and perform your own self-evaluation. Additionally, there are many popular technologies these days like Slack which, if adopted, can allow for quick feedback.