I landed my first job at 13. I worked every day after school and on Saturdays for $5.00 an hour at a dry-cleaners. Looking back, I don’t know why I was so anxious to join the workforce. Looking back, with a bit more experience, I’m fairly certain that my employers and I were engaged in something illegal. Child labor and whatnot.
I have always liked the concept of work. “Daytime is work time,” I’ve espoused numerous times. I rather thought everyone felt the same way. But. If everyone felt the same way, why am I reading horror stories about hiring Millennials?
First, let me say that I don’t have a problem with Millennials. Honestly, I don’t know enough of them, personally, to have any sort of feeling at all. All I know about Millennials is that my outdated computer didn’t recognize “Millennials” as a properly spelled word. Also, ad execs feature them in order to peddle deodorant and energy drinks to me on my television. Apparently, if I apply the right deodorant, while drinking the right energy drink, I will be a sexy 20-something.
Doing some cursory research, it seems that there are two schools of thought regarding Millennials in the workplace. According to Forbes.com, “the great thing about Millennials is that they bring fresh ideas and fresh perspectives to your workplace.” What’s more, Millennials are generally more open to a diverse workplace environment. These are two great qualities. From what I’ve been reading, office drama will be cut down as Millennials are less likely to discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, race, etc.
Let’s sign ’em up!
Oh, but wait. There’s a dark side.
According to thebalancecarreers.com, you should avoid trying to keep Millennials away from social media during work hours. According to them, “a no Facebook rule in the office is a death sentence [for Millennials]. One-third considers social media freedom a higher priority than salary.” Look, I like reading trashy romance novels, but I realize that I probably shouldn’t do that at work.
An even greater indictment comes from Michael Levin, a Daily News contributor, when he states “As God is my witness, I will never hire a millennial again as long as I live.” Eeeee. I was even uncomfortable retyping that. However, Levin shares some Millennial-hire experience which gives some credence to his statement. It seems that his biggest complaint is that Millennials grew up in a time “where everyone was made to feel special. You didn’t have to put forth an effort to win a ribbon…showing up was good enough.” Levin cites laziness, entitlement, wanting too much without paying one’s dues, and on and on. Okay, you get it. He really doesn’t like Millennials.
My thought is that you shouldn’t base your entire opinion, on an entire generation, on a few bad experiences. If you do, wouldn’t you be engaged in stereotyping? There are lazy and entitled folks in every generation. Simply because the lady at the grocery store failed to hold the door for me, doesn’t mean that every Baby Boomer is selfish.
If you’re an HR exec or a business owner, evaluate every applicant on their merit, not by their date of birth.
Here at Bourke Accounting, you won’t be judged. I was going to expand regarding race, religion, age, but I can stop with: Here at Bourke Accounting, you won’t be judged. Our associates want to help you with your financial endeavors, your IRS issues and your future well-being. Gen X-er, Millennial, Baby Boomer, all are welcome at Bourke.
Written by Sue H.