If you’re different and you know it, clap your hands. Oh, hello Millennial! It’s not news that when your kind first ambushed corporate America, nobody knew quite what to do with you. A Time magazine cover called you the “Me, Me, Me Generation,” the “lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents.” Yet, Pew saw things differently, calling the millennial mindset, in a 2010 report, confident, connected, and open to change. Kudos. You have the guts to shake things up.
As a senior executive search consultant at a national recruitment firm, I can tell you that such fearlessness is an absolute asset in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. Here are three big generational advantages that will give any business a competitive edge—plus, benefit your career.
You Embrace Change – Layoffs. Restructurings. Household Shifts. You reached young adulthood around Y2K, and grew up amid widespread insecurity. Accordingly, millennials at work reject yesteryear’s exchange of loyalty to one company for ascendancy to its top. A Deloitte study found that you don’t take a job seeking a lifelong career. Instead, millennials in the workforce reside in the moment, ever upbeat and eager to learn, hungry to try new experiences and bite off challenges. Translation? You constantly expand your knowledge and adapt easily to new technologies, a positive for every company trying to stay ahead of the curve (and competition).
You Like the Work – You don’t just take any gig. Nor are you collecting paychecks. As a recruiter, I frequently hear from companies how much the millennial mindset boosts company morale. That’s because you actually enjoy what you do. It shows—and such positivity is infectious in the workplace. Surveys find half of all millennials would rather not have a job than be stuck in one they dread, reports The Washington Post. Engaged employees who want to show up are productive employees. Efficiency with a smile. That’s a win-win for every business.
You’re Not Afraid – You’re not gun-shy, Gen Y. Sure, millennial candidates I place set high standards—more flextime, work-from-home time and limitless vacation time—but, as I’ve often heard from companies, even slight employee gains in benefits signals a show of respect and improves work satisfaction for the whole team (way to make friends, GY!). Considering millennnials will comprise 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, that’s a whole lot of positive change coming all of our ways.
We want to hear from you. How has your millennial mindset been an asset in your professional career thus far?