3 Misconceptions About Millennials In The Workplace

What are the most common misconceptions about millennials in the workplace? We often read on Social Platforms about millennials, who are considered as the “Lost Generation”. A generation everyone loves to hate, with their silly mobile phones, addiction to Social Networks, laziness, and disloyalty at the workplace.

However, we truly believe that the cause of those statements & assumptions is more the result of stereotypes, than what we can call “today’s reality”. Following are 3 of the most common myths about Generation Y behaviours in the workplace:

Myth 1: Millennials work less than other generations

study in 2016 conducted by Manpower revealed that millennials work as hard, if not harder, than other generations. So where does the misconception that millennials are lazy in the workplace come from? The explanation is that a millennial’s definition of work and productivity differs from other generations. 

An example is the use of technology to streamline and automate company processes to increase work speed and efficiency. This might be viewed as “laziness” by co-workers from different generations. A study conducted by PwC found that 75 percept of millennials strongly believe in an increase of efficiency at work through the use of technology. 50 percent claimed that their managers do not understand the technology they are using. Not surprisingly, the study revealed that “technology is often a catalyst for intergenerational conflict. Many millennials feel held back by rigid or outdated working styles.”

Myth 2: Millennials feel entitled

 

Quite frequently we read about warnings that Gen Y allegedly feel entitled to promotions and new opportunities. However, millennials neither feel nor are entitled. They have a different point of view on the traditional 9-to-5 job and career options compared to other generations.

Author Crystal Kadakia of the book “The Millennial Myth” writes about older generations, who indicated a valid reason to be grateful is “simply having a great job with a regular pay check”. This is not quite the case for Generation Y. They have alternatives to the traditional 9-to-5 jobs and the choice between various career paths including, entrepreneurship, freelancing & startups. More options and alternatives to earn an income and gain experience have given millennials higher expectations and more bargaining power. They try to negotiate better benefits and salaries, ask for flexible hours and more challenging work to develop themselves.

All of the mentioned points feed into the stereotype of millennials being entitled. According to Kadakia, if millennials have to choose between working for a company that offers slow growth opportunities and a non-competitive salary, versus joining a start up where you will learn a lot and it could go bust, most of them are inclined to choose the latter. 

Myth 3: Millennials are in constant need of praise

A third and quite common misconceptions is that Generation Y is in constant search for recognition and praise. That may have been the case in their childhood. However, millennials have grown up – and want to be treated that way. When asked what makes a “perfect boss,” millennials said they want a manager who is ethical, fair and values transparency. Lower on the list of importance is a boss who recognizes their accomplishments and asks for their input. In fact, Gen X employees, more than millennials, think everyone on a successful team should be rewarded. And millennials are no hungrier for pats on the back than their Gen X colleagues.

The misconception that the “participation trophy” culture has made millennials desperate for recognition and praise is a quite frequent statement we read on Social media. However, according to Gallup, 56 percent of millennials meet their manager less than once a month, compared to 53 percent of non-millennials. Additionally, only 19 percent of Gen Y mentioned they receive frequent routine feedback, which is not a good thing. Regular check-ins make for more motivated employees, regardless of age and generation.

Final words on millennial misconceptions

Stereotypes and over-generalizations should not be applied to any generation and are never useful. Gen Y has surpassed Gen X as the latest segment of the workforce. Therefore, it is the time to remove generational barriers that have promoted myths about millennials in the workplace over the past years.

Lindsett Consulting helps companies lead, engage and sell to the emerging generations. If you’d like help to solve generational challenges inside your organization, please feel free to contact us.

Comments(49)

  1. September 26, 2023

    Your article gave me a lot of inspiration, I hope you can explain your point of view in more detail, because I have some doubts, thank you. 20bet

  2. November 23, 2023

    Thank you very much for sharing, I learned a lot from your article. Very cool. Thanks. nimabi

  3. November 23, 2023

    Thank you very much for sharing, I learned a lot from your article. Very cool. Thanks. nimabi

  4. November 27, 2023

    Thank you very much for sharing, I learned a lot from your article. Very cool. Thanks. nimabi

  5. December 5, 2023

    Thank you very much for sharing, I learned a lot from your article. Very cool. Thanks. nimabi

  6. December 5, 2023

    Thank you very much for sharing, I learned a lot from your article. Very cool. Thanks. nimabi

  7. December 5, 2023

    Thank you very much for sharing, I learned a lot from your article. Very cool. Thanks. nimabi

  8. December 17, 2023

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you. https://accounts.binance.com/ph/register-person?ref=FIHEGIZ8

  9. Thanks for sharing. I read many of your blog posts, cool, your blog is very good. https://accounts.binance.com/cs/register?ref=FIHEGIZ8

  10. December 23, 2023

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you. https://www.binance.com/es/register?ref=V3MG69RO

  11. December 23, 2023

    I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article. https://accounts.binance.com/cs/register-person?ref=IJFGOAID

  12. December 25, 2023

    Thanks for sharing. I read many of your blog posts, cool, your blog is very good. https://www.binance.com/en/register?ref=JHQQKNKN

  13. December 26, 2023

    Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me? https://accounts.binance.com/sv/register-person?ref=OMM3XK51

  14. I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article. https://accounts.binance.com/uk-UA/register-person?ref=OMM3XK51

  15. January 11, 2024

    Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me. https://www.binance.info/ph/join?ref=W0BCQMF1

  16. January 13, 2024

    Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks! https://www.binance.info/ph/join?ref=P9L9FQKY

  17. January 17, 2024

    Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me. https://www.binance.com/it/join?ref=DB40ITMB

  18. January 18, 2024

    Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me? https://www.binance.com/bg/join?ref=GJY4VW8W

  19. February 1, 2024

    Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me? https://www.binance.info/es/join?ref=V2H9AFPY

  20. February 5, 2024

    Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks! https://www.binance.info/tr/join?ref=YY80CKRN

  21. February 5, 2024

    Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me. https://www.binance.com/zh-CN/join?ref=PORL8W0Z

  22. I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article. https://www.binance.info/ru/join?ref=S5H7X3LP

  23. February 11, 2024

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you. https://www.binance.info/uk-UA/join?ref=B4EPR6J0

  24. February 12, 2024

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you. https://accounts.binance.com/sl/register-person?ref=T7KCZASX

  25. February 13, 2024

    Thanks for sharing. I read many of your blog posts, cool, your blog is very good. https://accounts.binance.com/en/register?ref=P9L9FQKY

  26. February 15, 2024

    Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me? https://www.binance.info/join?ref=V3MG69RO

  27. February 18, 2024

    Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me. https://www.binance.com/ru-UA/join?ref=T7KCZASX

  28. Thanks for sharing. I read many of your blog posts, cool, your blog is very good. https://www.binance.info/ru-UA/join?ref=UM6SMJM3

  29. February 29, 2024

    Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks! https://www.binance.info/zh-CN/join?ref=DB40ITMB

  30. February 29, 2024

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you. https://www.binance.info/zh-TC/join?ref=B4EPR6J0

  31. Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you. https://accounts.binance.com/pt-BR/register-person?ref=W0BCQMF1

  32. Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me? https://www.binance.com/kz/join?ref=V2H9AFPY

  33. March 10, 2024

    I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.

  34. Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you.

  35. Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks!

  36. March 16, 2024

    Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me?

  37. March 17, 2024

    Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me.

  38. March 19, 2024

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you.

  39. March 19, 2024

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you.

  40. March 20, 2024

    Can you be more specific about the content of your article? After reading it, I still have some doubts. Hope you can help me.

  41. March 21, 2024

    Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks!

  42. Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks!

  43. Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks!

  44. March 29, 2024

    I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.

  45. April 6, 2024

    Thank you for your sharing. I am worried that I lack creative ideas. It is your article that makes me full of hope. Thank you. But, I have a question, can you help me?

  46. April 18, 2024

    I don’t think the title of your article matches the content lol. Just kidding, mainly because I had some doubts after reading the article.

  47. April 19, 2024

    Your point of view caught my eye and was very interesting. Thanks. I have a question for you.

  48. April 20, 2024

    Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks!

  49. April 21, 2024

    Thanks for sharing. I read many of your blog posts, cool, your blog is very good.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Receive the latest news

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get notified about the latest digital trends!

You can unsubscribe at any time.