Participation ribbons for everyone!
Yep, that’s the image that arises when we talk about millennials. Am I right?
So when Toby attended a Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce Business at Breakfast seminar at the Barn two weeks ago, he was shocked when he discovered something about himself: he’s a freaking millennial.
Jeff Lucier is a leadership and business consultant who specializes in helping managers and business owners find their groove. Whether it’s finding work-life balance or managing employees, managers reach out to Jeff for support and strategy. Jeff gave a presentation at this breakfast seminar, and provided an insider’s view about a millennial and what it’s like to work with them.
So, what does this have to do with Toby? Everything.
First off: What’s a millennial?
- 1. Born between 1980-1998
- 2. Currently represents 40% of the work force
- 3. Desire for work-life balance and flexibility
- 4. Socially conscious
So, Why’s Toby a Millenial?
Jeff said that because millennials have been told they’re special and got a medal for everything they did, they learned to value themselves far more and trust themselves to find the right path.
They want to be trusted and want the autonomy. They want a voice.
As a result, a millennial is more likely to tell their boss that they’re going to do the job, do it well, but they’re not going to necessarily do it the way the boss would expect them to do it. That resonated with Toby: “Oh. I am a millennial,” he confessed later that day.
Toby appreciates autonomy, flexibility, and more importantly, trust from others that the job will get done.
At the end of the day, the lesson is this:
With Baby Boomers and Gen Xers trying to figure millennials out in the workplace, Jeff offered some solid advice: don’t fight it. Instead, roll with it.
Rather than build a dam to suppress the Millenials, build a boat and travel off the river’s energy.
As a millennial exhibiting millennial-like tendencies, Toby came away with another lesson: regardless if you’re a millennial, Baby Boomer or Gen Xer, everyone deserves to have their voice heard. Know who you’re working with. Understand the other person’s voice. Appreciate one’s story, and cohesion will follow.
What’s your take on Millenials? Or, are you a Millenial and what resonates with you?