Funny: How to work with millennials in the workplace…

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

@bmo88:  LOL!! I know a ton of people that are like this!! Honestly though I don’t understand how they get away with it. 

Post # 5
Hostess
3787 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I don’t know, I actully see this problem a lot more with older adults. I think it’s easy to hate on millenials, when the reality is that every generation who enters the workforce has a learning curve. I actually am launching my own company, and most of the most entreprenurial, team-oriented and creative people i’ve gotten to team with is a millenial. They’re not afraid to take risks, and they also generally know what they want. 

 

Older generations have experience which is valuable, but generally I’ve foudn them to be more more narrow minded, micromanaging, and feel that they’re always right simply because they’re older – the last being by far the most frustrating because it’s simply not always true. 

 

Every generation has it’s hardships, it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses. I find the whole ‘let’s constantly trash millenials’ thing really passe.

ETA: There are lazy people in every generation, and people who epically fail at their job trancends age. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@bmo88:  I’m a millenial, and I’m sometimes baffled by my colleagues. I don’t think it’s the generation as a whole, but mostly our upbringing. Looking at my FB feed, a significant number of posts are complaining about simple tasks like having to do laundry or grocery shopping. When it’s okay to bitch about basic life issues with your extended friend network, it becomes okay to do that at work. 

I’m good at compartmentalizing, but that’s because it’s how I was raised (my parents are C-level executives turned management consultants).

My grandfather passed away and I took one day off, and only alerted my boss as to why I needed time away. My colleague’s boyfriend’s brother’s roommate recently passed away, and she’s been off for a week. We work in a legal clinic and she’s asked that her files be distributed to the rest of us so she doesn’t have to deal with the high workload. Not even kidding.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@letigre:  If she has the days to take off, what does it matter? I think that’s become a big generational issue. A huge chunk of millenials know that they’re not ever going to retire, and paid days off ARE actually part of their salary so it’s crazy not to use them, particularly in a day where companies/organizations/corporatiosn have little to no committment to their employees anyway. 

I’m not saying that your taking one day off was wrong, and it’s unlikely to know exactly how each person is able to process grief efficiently. i just think that one of the generational differences with the millenials and older generations is that the former realize their security is non existent anyway, so they might as well use their days off. 

(Maybe it’s just my field, but most of the people I’ve worked around the last few yeas worked 6 days a week for an average of 10 hours a day, and were severely guilt tripped every time they wanted a vacation. So I’m not sure how common the ‘I’m always off” thing is anyway)

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

No oo- noodle??? LOL I like this!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Mrs.LemonDrop:  we’re law students working in a legal aid clinic. It’s not included in my post, and you wouldn’t have known, but we don’t have days off. We have staff lawyers and a large number of duty counsel working under them. The number of clients we take on has to do with the availability of students. She committed herself, then dropped out for a full week when there were motions to run and documents that needed to be drafted.

Regardless, as a working lawyer, she won’t get “days off” either. It comes with the profession. I’m constantly shaking my head at my colleagues who just don’t get it. 

Many of people I know who are my age are incredibly entitled, and don’t consider how their actions will affect other people. I was very close with my grandparents, but I knew that if I took time off, someone else who didn’t know my client would need to draft the affidavits needed, and they wouldn’t be able to devote the proper amount of time. That very well could have resulted in someone having their kids taken out of the country (never to be seen again) or to have their child support payments reduced. I compartmentalized my own feelings, completed my duties, and mourned on my own time. 

Like I said, it has to do with upbringing. My colleague’s parents are teachers and continue to baby her. My parents rescheduled birthdays to attend shareholder meetings. I was always aware of the deep sense of responsibility they felt towards their respective organizations, and so that has been ingrained in me. If I go out drinking, I don’t come to work the next day and complain about my hangover loudly enough so my superior tells me it’s okay to go home. I have come to work hungover, but no one but my closest colleague would know. I get my work done.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

I am only 25, but I do see a huuugge sense of entitlement with others my age and younger. Its just part of our world these days, I suppose? I know kids who were entitled brats even if their parents didnt baby them! It really is one of the things that bugs me so much. Like you did nothing extraordinary or really dedicated, why do you DESERVE x,y, and z? I guess I feel it too because I worked for a college job, and some of the things I heard from the students baffled me… Almost like they truly believed they were doing us a huge favor by working there, and by working I mean just showing up and doing the bare minimum lol. Seriously there’s 40,000 students on this campus and we employ about 180. there are always applications we dont get to… We really dont need you unless you’re giving EFFORT, not just your time… That we pay you for. Ugh.

I mean there definitely are positives and negatives to every generation, but in ours I really cant stand the entitlement. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

it’s funny.  I don’t actually know that many people like this in reality though (although I’m sure they exist).

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - B&B

@lolita39:  the video does bring up some decent points… Too few jobs for the educated masses in a recession lol. And the cost of tuition did rise astronomically! There are definitely some things our generation gets blamed for that we inherited, in a sense!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

OK I can see how people see this as the perfect representation… it is in a lot of cases. I am a new grad and two other new/recent grads work with me. I work 11 hour days and come in on weekends and do everything i ask but they roll in at 8:45, sit on FB at work and have ‘crockpot’ fridays which is a worhtless work day essentially. Everyone has very little respect for them and I think that cascades to all the other new yougner empoyees. It is so frustruating. 

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