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16 Advantages of Having Millennials in the Workplace

16 Advantages of Having Millennials in the Workplace

Not so keen to hire millennials in the workplace? Think again. By 2015, 75% of world’s employees will belong to this controversial group, also known as Generation Y (see also: awesome people).

There are plenty of famous and successful millennials: Mark Zuckerberg, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jenna Marbles, for example. But that’s certainly not all.

Millennials all over the world have a lot to bring to the table…perhaps more than any previous generation.

As Individuals:

1. They’re intrinsically motivated

Millennials aren’t just there out of necessity. In fact, 65% of them say that personal development is the most important factor in their careers.

They want to learn, and they want to grow. They’re intrinsically motivated to succeed. The paycheck isn’t the important thing here–they will succeed because they want to, and because it’s important to them.

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    2. They’re cost-effective

    Speaking of money, millennials don’t need much of it. They’re cheaper to have as employees, since work is often motivation enough for them. Earlier generations, such as the baby boomers, were willing to trade happiness and passion for a big fat paycheck.

    Gen Y, on the other hand, is willing to settle with smaller salaries in exchange for flexibility, personal recognition, and happiness, so you can technically pay them less to get quality work. (Though as a millennial myself, I implore you not to…)

    3. They’re genuine

    You know those annoying brown-nosers who suck up to the boss, secretly hoping that their time will come to have all the power? Yeah, that’s not what millennials are about.

    According to Psychology Today, millennials are more genuine. They thrive on being judged by their performance, and they respect those with experience rather than power. They prefer “inclusive” leadership styles–bosses that appreciate them for their hard work (no brown-nosing needed).

    4. They’re driven

    Over half of millennials deeply value the ability to progress in their career and are more attracted to careers where they know they have room to be given more responsibilities. This means that they won’t just do their jobs mindlessly; they’re driven and deeply invested in the work they do. They will give you their all in order to prove that they are capable.

    5. They think outside the box

    Living in an ever-changing world, millennials are a creative bunch. They’re constantly thinking of new ideas and are willing to think outside the box (hello, strangely-combined liberal arts degrees!).

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    6. They’re super educated

    Speaking of degrees, most millennials have one. In fact, millennials are the most educated generation yet! (Though unfortunately in the most student loan debt as well…)

     

    As Part of the Team:

    7. They collaborate

    Many think of this generation as having a “me first” attitude, but that’s simply not so. In fact, in the office, other generations were dubbed “The Me Generation(s)”–but millennials have been graced as “The We Generation”. Millennials are generally great with teamwork and collaboration, as long as it helps them create the best work.

    8. They’re tenacious

    Millennials are often known to be impatient, wanting everything right away (after all, it’s the generation that has grown up with any piece of information at their fingertips with the advent of the World Wide Web). However, this makes millennials tenacious in the workplace, constantly working towards finding answers and getting things done as soon as possible.

    9. They’re optimistic

    Despite the not-so-stellar economy we’re experiencing, millennials are the most optimistic generation yet. They’re always looking on the bright side, sure that they will be able to make it in whatever ventures they take. This generation is less jaded than previous generations, believing that they are capable of anything.

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      10. They value your feedback

      Millennials need acceptance. They need to feel validated. Many view this as a negative, but this can be a great thing in the workplace. Millennials need feedback, and they will listen to the constructive criticism you give them and use it to constantly better themselves.

      11. They are flexible

      As Forbes staff writer Caleb Melby highlights, “We are taught to think that if something has been a certain way for very long, there’s a possibility that it’s no longer good enough.” We are constantly working against stagnation and towards new ways of thought. That also makes Gen Y very flexible and used to change. We roll with the punches.

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        12. They’ve grown up with it

        I remember the first time using a computer. However, it was so long ago that I barely remember it. Millennials have grown up with computers. We were the first generation to have computer classes in elementary school. We are the first generation that has had technology be a major part of our lives for…well…our whole lives. Technology is only becoming bigger in the workplace, and it’s important to have tech-savvy workers.

        13. They’re the best at social media

        Millennials are known for constantly being on their phones. They’re Tweeting, they’re Facebooking, they’re Pinning, they’re Tumbling. (Is that the word for using Tumblr? I’m more of a Pinterest gal.)

        Millennials have also grown up with social media, and they understand it better than any generation ever has. They also understand the potential it has to spread awareness and information. After all, social media is their life.

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          14. They’re ethical

          As more millennials enter the workforce, it’s likely that more good will be done in the world. That is, half of Gen Y thinks it’s essential to work for a company that is ethical. They’ve got their hearts in the right place.

          15. They’re charitable

          Millennials are also very enthusiastic about donating to charities, volunteering their time, and being active in their communities. Firstly, the more people like this in the world, the better. But as an employer, hire a millennial, and you’re hiring someone who will serve as a great face for your company.

          16. They care about the bigger picture

          Millennials are able to see what really matters. They believe that success of a business isn’t defined by finances alone, but how the business has improved society.

          Generation Y is looking to change not only the office space, but the world as we know it.

          And they absolutely will.

          Featured photo credit: _MG_9622/meckert via flickr.com

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          Feeling Stuck in Your Career? How to Break Free and Get Ahead

          Feeling Stuck in Your Career? How to Break Free and Get Ahead

          Have you ever caught yourself in a daydream where you’ve gone for that upcoming promotion, and you’re now the boss at work? Or how about the one where you’ve summoned up all your courage to quit a job where you’re feeling stuck in your career and live your dream instead? Or when you’ve changed career paths to do what really makes you happy?

          Then, you snapped back to reality and realized that you’re not the boss, not living your dream, and not even happy in the career path that you’re on.

          Over the years I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals who’ve told me they feel stuck in their careers, that something had to change for them to break free and be happy, but they lacked the confidence to take that step. My mission is to make sure that nobody feels stuck in their career because of a momentary lapse in bravery that’s dragged on for too long.

          Read on to find out how you can stop feeling stuck in your career, break free, and get ahead at work. .

          Here are my top ten tips for becoming unstuck in your career.

          1. Make Time for You

          If you’re feeling stuck, frustrated, or unhappy with how your career is panning out, the first step is to work out why.

          Maybe you’ve arrived in your current career by accident and haven’t ever made time to deliberately think or plan what you’d love to do and how you’d get there.

          Prioritizing time to think is the first step you need to take to stop feeling stuck and start getting ahead. Book some time into your day where you can have an uninterrupted meeting with yourself. This is your thinking time.

          Work out what makes you happy at work, what doesn’t, and where you might want to go. Decide on the steps you want to take to progress your career in the direction that you want it to take.

          For example, are there training days, evening courses, or online learning that you can do? Have you considered getting a mentor to help you get ahead?

          By booking in a meeting with yourself, it signals it’s important (to you and your colleagues) and also stops others spotting a gap in your day and filling it with a meeting.

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          2. Grow Your Network Before You Need It

          Who you know is more important than what you know for career progression. Don’t wait until you’re feeling stuck in your career to start expanding your networks. Do it now.

          Adam Grant, the author of Give and Take, says you’re 58% more likely to get a new job through your weak ties than through your strong ones. Your strong ties are those in your immediate circle whom you interact with often. Your weak ties are your friends of friends. They move in different circles to you, they know different people, make different connections, and are more likely to introduce you to new and different opportunities[1].

          When I was thinking about setting up my current company, Lucidity, I turned up to every networking event. I drank a lot of coffees with a lot of different people to understand what they did, to ask for advice, to unpick what their problems were, and to look for opportunities for collaboration and connections.

          It paid off because, when I launched my business, I let my network know how I could help them, and soon I had my first clients.

          Pay attention to building and nurturing your networks and focus on how you can add value to other. That’s where your next career opportunity is most likely to come from.

          3. Surround Yourself With People Who Inspire You

          According to Tim Ferriss, “You are the average of the five people you most associate with,” and his associations with different people ebbs and flows depending on what he’s working on and trying to achieve[2].

          For example, if you are trying to be fitter, it’s easier if you hang around with people who love doing exercise–they help you to up your game.

          If you want that promotion, a career change, or to set up your own business, seek out people who are excelling at it already. They’ll have valuable things to teach you about breaking free and getting ahead.

          4. Work on Your Personal Brand

          Jeff Bezos defines a personal brand as “what people say about you when you’re not in the room.” People will talk about you when you are not in the room anyway, so you might as well be deliberate about what you’d like people to say!

          Your personal brand isn’t about pretending to be something you’re not. That can actually keep you feeling stuck in your career. It’s really about being your best “real you.” It’s about owning your strengths and being purposeful about how you want to be perceived by others.

          What do you want to be known for? By being more deliberate about how you want to come across and what you’re looking for in your career, you’ll increase your chance of attracting the right opportunities.

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          Once you’ve given your personal brand some thought, make sure that you show up online. Is your LinkedIn profile up to date? And if you don’t have one, get one. Make sure it communicates what you want to be known for and that it’s consistent with your other social media profiles.

          Try these 5 Steps to Master Networking Skills and Perfect Your Personal Branding.

          5. Be Accountable

          Achieve your career goals faster, and grow and learn by making yourself accountable. Tell other people your goals and a timeline. and have them to hold you accountable.

          For example, you might want to get a promotion by the end of the year, have decided the sector you want to move to by the end of the month, or have got your new business idea before the next pay day. Whatever your ambitions are, you can tell a friend or a colleague, or share this with a mentor or a mastermind group.

          When we tell other people our goals and intentions, they hold us accountable, and we are more likely to make progress faster.

          6. Make Sure Your Values Are Aligned With Your Company’s

          All the professional development, goal setting, and networks in the world won’t make you happy if you’re working for a company that ultimately has opposing values to yours.

          Figure out what’s important to you in a job. For example, does your company’s product help people live a better life? Do you feel strongly about your company’s ethics and social responsibility? Does the company culture allows employees to be themselves and shine? Or maybe flexible working and more holidays for employees with families is where your heart is?

          Some companies put their employees well-being at the core of their business; others put profits first. If you feel that your values don’t match the core values of your employer, it could be a reason why you’re feeling stuck in your career and unhappy.

          It’s important to work through this and identify whether it’s the job that is not right for you, or if it’s a great job but the organization or sector is wrong for you.

          7. Get out of Your Comfort Zone

          Your comfort zone is your safe place. For any change to happen, you have to step out of your comfort zone.

          It’s actually much easier not to change anything and to keep grumbling on about how you’re stuck and unhappy in your career than to step outside of your comfort zone to address the fearful unknowns associated with change. It’s part of human nature that we’d put up with the devil we know rather than risk the devil we don’t.

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          This is true even if the devil we know is a boring, unfulfilling job because we’re wired to think that making a change to find a better option might actually leave us worse off.

          If you feel stuck, it might be that your confidence has got the better of you.

          To get ahead at work, start taking small steps outside of your comfort zone. Consider what you’re scared of that is stopping you from making a change. Then, tackle that in small steps.

          For example, if you know that to move into the job you want, you’ll have to do more public speaking, but public speaking terrifies you so much it’s stopping you from going for the job, then start small to build your confidence. You can speak up more in team meetings, then slowly build from there.

          You might also choose to set up or be part of a specific group. One of my clients, who found that confidence was holding her team back in achieving work goals, set up a “get out of your comfort zone club,” where they challenge and support each other to build their confidence by regularly leaving their comfort zones.

          8. Learn to Embrace Failure

          Failure is part of life. A New York University study found that children learning to walk averaged 2,368 steps and fell 17 times an hour[3]. Failure is simply the natural path to success.

          The truth is that we don’t get everything right the first time. We fail, we learn, we pick ourselves up, and we try again.

          In my experience, it’s common that whilst the theory of learning from failure is supported, the reality of being open about failures to enable personal learning is much harder to achieve.

          We don’t like to admit that we’ve failed. We have a fight or flight response to failure. It’s a normal gut reaction to ask ourselves: “Will I get away with it if I don’t tell anyone?” We are fearful of criticism, of losing face in front of others, or even being fired for failure.

          However, if you’re going to stop feeling stuck in your career, you must be open to learning from failure.

          Reframe failure by viewing everything as an experiment because you can’t have a failed experiment—you just learn whether something works or not. Think of Edison inventing the lightbulb, when he said:

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          “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

          9. Build Your Resilience

          Resilience is the ability to tackle difficulties and setbacks, to bounce back, regroup, and to keep going.

          Getting unstuck in your career, taking a different path, and achieving the results you want will take resilience. Having resilience is also the capacity to choose how you respond to the unexpected things that life throws your way and adapt and thrive in times of complex change.

          Given that the world we live in is in constant flux, and the only thing that is certain is uncertainty, the ability to adapt and bounce back is an important life skill, as well as a career skill.

          In her book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth’s research shows that when measuring success, the ability to persevere beats talent every time.

          Learn more about how to build resilience in this guide: What Is Resilience and How to Always Be Resilient (Step-By-Step Guide)

          10. Ask for Help

          It can be hard to ask for help, as it can make us feel vulnerable.

          No one person can be expected to have all the answers. That’s why we need a group of people that we can go to for help, people who can pick us up when we have setbacks and also help us to celebrate success.

          My advice is to be deliberate about creating your group. You can do that with a tool called a “Me Map”:

          1. Write down all the things that you might need support with, like help with career progression, interview practice, making new connections, talking through business plans, learning from failure, etc.
          2. Next to each thing, write the names of the people you go to when you need that particular thing.
          3. Make sure you get in touch and regularly connect with them.

          Final Thoughts

          You can stop feeling stuck in your career, break free, and get ahead at work by applying the tips in this article. Start small by incorporating three new things in your first week, and then adding more as your comfort zone and capacity expands.

          Remember, no matter how stuck you feel, it’s never too late to make a change and land the career that you truly want.

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          Featured photo credit: NEW DATA SERVICES via unsplash.com

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