When you hear adults refer to young millennials you’re most likely going to hear very negative comments. From self-centered and lazy, to technology addicted, millennials are infamous for the trouble they cause their employers in their workplace. But while some of the characteristics used to describe us may seem negative to people like our parents or grandparents, the reality is that they may not be so bad after all.
1) We aren’t lazy…
We are so much more than just lazy. But let’s be honest, isn’t everyone a little lazy? Why is this an insult to us? We all love those lazy days where we just stay home and watch movies. But let’s not confuse laziness and procrastination. And we actually do work hard. From elementary school to college, and even at work we have procrastinated at doing a project, studying for a test, turning in a paper, always putting ourselves through an all nighter the night before something is due. We’ve mastered the art of memorizing a whole speech the day before the presentation and finishing our essays only minutes before the deadline is up. Believe it or not procrastination is hard work to accomplish successfully, and not designed for lazy people who just don’t want to do the work. We just prefer to do it later. But we get it done nonetheless, and in record time I might add.
Work hard, play hard. We’re tired of hearing adults telling us that we need to grow up. We don’t need to grow up, they need to learn how to have fun again. Besides, what’s so bad about being a kid sometimes anyway? We know that we have to be professional in the workplace. We know we should be respectful to our professors and peers in the classroom. But if we aren’t at work, at a professional event, or in the classroom, just hanging out with our friends, we don’t need to act “grown up,” so why do adults get mad if we don’t? Apart from all the study time and work, there needs to be some time out where we relax and get away from all that stress. Older generations expect us to work day in and day out only focusing on improving our careers to have better lives, but we’d also like to try improving our lives by adding a little bit of simple happiness. And watching cartoons every once in a while won’t hurt anyone.
3) It’s not our fault
Like I’ve mentioned before, there are both positive and negative things that are always said about millennials, but the negative tend to outweigh the positive. A point that has been made many times by millennials themselves is the simple question, “Who raised us?” Our parents and their generation of course. The generations that keep trying to figure us out and keep us in line. Now I’m not saying we should just blame it all on them, because they don’t have all the credit, we’ve learned how to be pretty awesome on our own too. But let’s admit that what we do now as we become adults ourselves is just the results of what we were taught as children. In school we always heard “There’s no such thing as a stupid question,” so when we sit in a meeting we aren’t going to hold back any inquiries. We learned to always turn in a first draft and then a final, because the draft could always be improved. We would improve our draft with suggestions our teachers gave us. So why tell us to be quiet when we want to give suggestions on a project? What if our idea helps make it better? What if we have an idea for a new product or campaign?
Because of the lack of expression encountered in the workplace, millennials have actually resulted to entrepreneurship. Your boss can’t tell you your ideas are bad if you are the boss. More and more millennials are figuring this out, bringing us to also be known as the “entrepreneurial generation.” Not only does this allow us to be free to roam our workplace in jeans and a t-shirt, but the rise in small businesses has helped create more jobs, helping boost the economy every day.
I’m not saying millennials are all perfect, not at all. But lets stay away from generalizing stereotypes likes laziness, rebellion, and immaturity, when we’re in the same place you older generations were a few years ago. A change of perspective can go a long way, and maybe if the older generations took a moment to see things from our point of view sometimes they wouldn’t be so quick to judge.
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