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8 Sentences Mostly Heard From Millennials At Work (And What They Actually Mean)

8 Sentences Mostly Heard From Millennials At Work (And What They Actually Mean)

Reading between the lines is always important in every communication; not all is actually said by people in words! However, it has never been MORE important than with the Millennials (the people who are born between 1980 and 2000). This is a generation who has been raised in a way that they try to avoid conflict, more so at work. Thus, usually they keep it short when they are saying something but there is a whole lot of things that is behind their short communication. Here’s your guide to understanding what they actually mean by these short sentences and why!

1. “I would like your input on this one.”

Please do not respond to this by a simple compliment. However, don’t give too negative an advice as well. The best way is to respond by giving specific advice about what they are doing right and how it could be done in an even better way. They expect to be given coaching to make things better.

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2. “I will do it, sure.”

When a Millennial says this, it means he will follow your direction but they are not really crazy about it. This also suggests that they don’t want to communicate their true feelings to you. This usually happens in our daily life when a Millennial doesn’t have much choice and doesn’t want to be rude to the elders.

3. “I find that interesting.”

This simply means that they don’t find it very interesting and do not want to be rude to you by saying that clearly. If you really want to go on from there, try to make them understand your point by putting it another way. They usually find things more meaningful when they see them in the bigger picture.

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4. “I think it will work.”

This usually means that they don’t think it will work. This can be a result of their lack of involvement in the development of the idea. The best way to deal with this is either to get them more involved or present your ideas in such a way that they can relate to them better.

5. “We can try it this way.”

This translates into the fact that they think their idea is better than yours! They won’t usually state that in your face but they think that you should give due importance to their point of view of the way they are saying things should be done. It is generally a good idea to try and see things from their perspective because millennials usually have a fresh take on things as compared to previous generations.

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6. “I love this.”

This means that they don’t. This is a polite way of saying that it could be done in a better way. Although, a Millennial isn’t too joyful about it, they would remain full of respect for you. Try to look for any signs in their body language so that you can gauge their true feelings.

7. “I think I can do this.”

Although this means that they will do it, it also suggests that they will appreciate more guidance or resource input from your end. This generation is not ashamed of asking for help and advice but they also never had to ask for it directly. Since they were raised by parents who gave them attention, it would be great if you can read well into this sentence and give them further instructions, clarity and help with regard to the task on hand.

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8. “We can give this a try.”

What this really means is that they will go ahead with it if you tell them to but they think you should still search more for a better option. And guess what, they are usually right about it. So don’t stop your search for a better way of tackling whatever the issue is and you will ultimately get a more suitable option.

Since, today’s workforce comprises of millennials to a great extent, hope you can benefit from the above insight. What do you think of the millennials around you and what they are saying? Tell us in the comments section below. Happy dealing with them!!

Featured photo credit: KP Digital Health 47623/Ted Eytan via flickr.com

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Lianne is a licensed financial advisor, Registered Financial Planner, entrepreneur and book author.

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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