Millenials and Work

Youngsters these days are so entitled! They think that the world is meant for their enjoyment. They want to be social and find meaning in everything. Millenials have no respect for the sacrifice required to become a true workaholic.

My youngest workers are way too concerned about time off and not working every day of the week. And don’t even get me started on what they say about the need for purpose and meaningful work. Honestly, it disgusts me.

This company has amazing benefits which show how important employees really are. Still, some of the Millenials here are unrealistic idealists about benefits. Just try and tell me that these examples don’t frustrate you.

What Millenials Think about Working Here

  • Work day flexibility is very important.
  • Pay is important, but not that important, compared to social needs.
  • Paid time off should increase quicker than one extra day every five years.
  • They should work to live, not the other way around.
  • They need to experience meaning in work.

This list goes to show how little they “get it.” These things are narrow-minded and lack perspective, but the last two are what absolutely kills me. They should work to live, not live to work?! They need meaning?! I don’t know how much more of this I can take.

Work is the penultimate important thing of life — second only to money, of course! I still can’t wrap my head around how Millenials are entitled enough to expect to enjoy time off and relationships — not to mention work itself.

I don’t get you, Millenials. You might as well just continue to ignore the universally understood truth that the only purpose of life is to eat, drink, and be working.

W. Albert Jameson, IV

On the other hand…
It is very possible Millenials will struggle with work ethic and entitlement, since they have grown up thinking work should be enjoyable and have some grand purpose. They need to be more farsighted and open to hard work. That said, they are on to something by prioritizing purpose and relationships over work for work’s sake.

Great leaders need to understand their followers’ generational perspectives and appeal to the motivations that drive those mindsets. Until leaders seek first to understand their perspective, influence is limited.