Let’s face it. Millennials get a bad rap.
- You know the stereotypes.
- The most spoiled of all generations.
While the above qualities may characterize some millennials, my personal experience at Modthink has been just the opposite. Millennials aren’t the evil creatures the press makes them out to be! In fact, they possess skills that are beneficial for your organization.
Since our company was founded in 2012, Modthink has hired multiple millennials both as interns and full-time employees. Without exception, they have been excellent team members and have contributed greatly to our company’s bottom line and to our company culture.
Based on my experience, I heartily agree with Millennials Rising authors Neil Howe and William Strauss that “the Millennial Generation will entirely recast the image of youth from downbeat and alienated to upbeat and engaged — with potential seismic consequences for America.”
At Modthink, we pride ourselves on developing a cross-mentoring environment where all employees, young and old alike, are gaining knowledge and learning from each other. We understand that many of the old, corporate business practices Boomers and X-ers grew up with aren’t necessarily appealing to this new crop of employees. Conversely, we believe there’s value and wisdom that comes from age and experience.
Included below are some of my personal observations as to why millennials are a great hire:
1) They “get” technology
Having grown up with a phone in the their hands, they are masters of technology and use it to their benefit. They are constantly on their phones. They text. They review products and express their opinions. They feel compelled to share their experiences (good and bad) with the rest of us.
2) Collaboration is part of their DNA
Millennials enjoy collaborating. They’ve been taught from an early age how to work together and find common ground. They have a collective “we can solve this” attitude. Transparency is a given.
3) Multi-taskers. Check.
Millennials are smart and well-educated. They are confident in their abilities and can handle multiple tasks at once. Give them a project…or two…or three and watch how eager they are to get it done. And they enjoy getting (immediate) feedback on their efforts.
4) Redefining work-life balance
Millennials recognize that “business as usual” corporate mentality is not for them. They are keen on finding a fulfilling career while defining work-life balance on their terms. They don’t necessarily like working in a traditional 9 to 5 job setting but enjoy the freedom of working from home or from a local coffee shop when they want to.
5) It’s all about getting experience
Millennials recognize that internships and/or entry level positions are an important part of their career path. They are eager to get as much experience as possible. They are willing to start on the ground floor if they see a great company culture with room for growth and career advancement down the line.
6) Team players
As great collaborators, millennials share a group mentality that can greatly benefit your workplace. They are much more motivated to “do good” than they are motivated by financial enticements or material gain. They enjoy the camaraderie of working together.
Bottom line…be sure to form your own opinions about millennials rather than taking to heart what you read about them. You may find, like Modthink has, the great benefits that they can bring to your organization.