We all know the common stereotypes about the Millennial generation: lazy, bored, entitled, and stuck like glue to their phones. Have you ever wondered if these stereotypes are preventing hiring managers from seeing what an asset an employee from the Millennial generation can be? Set aside your preconceptions and take a new look at these young workers.
What You Might Be Missing
While the rest of the world was reeling from a recession and hanging on to their to their houses and cars by threads, Millennials were safely tucked away in colleges and universities. They did not have much choice as the number of jobs available to them were almost zero. That means they are all stocked full of knowledge that needs to be put to use.
They also probably understand more than you do about your company’s technical side as they grew up with smartphones in their pockets and Google at their fingertips. They know how to use these devices and, more importantly, they are adept at learning how to use the next big thing. After all, in a few short years they went from flip phones to smart phones without blinking or wishing for the “old days.”
Equipped for a Global Marketplace
From the outside, a holed-up twenty-something appears to be cut off from the world. The truth is that they are continually connected to people from every corner of the globe. Millennials do not see barriers to communication and their capacity to establish and develop relationships directly correlates to thriving within teams in the workplace.
Not convinced that you need to be hiring Millennials for your team right now? Read more about these hidden treasures in “Understanding the Millenial Employee” on PayScale.