Millennials – Are We Actually Lazy?

The notion that Millennials are lazy is probably the biggest misconception about this generation. The idea probably derives from the constant attachment to our devices. I am not saying that I disagree that Millennials spend a lot of time on phones and laptops but it is not laziness. It’s knowing that there are things out there that can do the job for us. Some call this lack of effort, but we know that there is more than one way to go about doing things. There are several reasons why an employer might think that Millennials are lazy and I will try my best to convince why the reality is quite the opposite.

Millennials do not value the traditional workplace the same as their parents. We tend to not work for a company where certain things are done because “it’s always been done that way”. Millennials employees want to get tasks done in the most efficient manner and gain the maximum results. So, we will tinker and find another way to complete a task. It might not always work and we might fall back to the traditional ways but it will not stop us from trying. Millennials want transparency. Being the ‘yes’ man and agreeing to a task/activity without understanding the reason why is not within our nature. We want to know the “why” most important decisions are made. We will not always agree with them, but we will appreciate the candidness.

Millennials are also called “the entitled generation” because we do not seek a job to just pay the bills. Millennials want a job with a purpose. According to a recent survey by Deloitte, six out of ten respondents said a sense of purpose was the main reason why they chose to work for a certain company. Therefore, companies should focus on empowering their Millennials employees and explaining to them why we should care, stressing how each team member contributes to the overall success, and praise more individual efforts rather than team accomplishments or managers only. I truly believe that netlogx is on the right path!

Millennials are used to answering emails, making calls, and solving problems on the go. That’s why we do not feel the need to be anchored to our desk during traditional work hours. Being tech savvy, we have the ability to set up our office anywhere and work at our own flexible hours.

Most of us learned to type and use Google earlier than we started writing properly. Sadly, handwriting is a lost art. Millennials know how and where to find information we need and often take advantage of free online learning tools out there to gain skills we may be lacking. We are focused on personal growth, and unlike older generations we don’t think our education is done the day we graduate from college. In fact, we are lifelong learners. Some of us will opt for courses and training based on real-life experience such as Medicaid Learning Center (MLC) training, rather than pursuing another degree, certification, or diploma to hang in our office.

I believe that the laziness label is a reflection of Millennials’ comfort level with technology. Having grown up with Google and GPS-enabled smartphones, we’re used to finding the answers with just a few clicks. It’s not that Millennials don’t want to work hard, we just want to know why we are in our role and what the larger goal is. We grew up with the instant gratification that the older generations didn’t grow up with. There are definitely disadvantages but it is not something that Millennials cannot work to improve. As a reminder, no one likes to be labeled or be classified into one category because it suggests that individuals are worth no more than their age and their environment. No one generation is perfect.

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