“Generation whine” as some call it, millennials are infamous for being cribby, especially in the workplace. I would say I was in that position too when I first started so there’s no denying the fact that we are an entitled generation who demand the greatest without having to work for it. Baby boomers often complain that most new hires show no signs of patience at workplace. They look for providing valuable impact in their first year itself without doing their time like their baby boomer counterparts did. They often whine about not having meaningful work as soon as they start, they are constantly looking for feedback and very easily get bored of slow ROI in the beginning of their career. The important thing to ponder is, is this a good or a bad trait? Are traits like patience, perseverance and consistency without expecting immediate return really lost on millennials?
A common sight amongst millennials is also the frequency with which they switch their jobs. Some say that’s the right way to do it however an opposing argument could be that we are creating jacks of all trades and masters of none. In a world growing at the speed of light, the skills that baby boomers used to gain over 10s of years, the millennials are fortunate enough to gain in a matter of only a few years. However, that still doesn’t stop millennials from hopping from one job to another, often in fields unrelated. Is it that they are following the money or is it that they lose interest in their jobs easily? Or is it a mix of both? As far as I am concerned, I view it as being shortsighted if it is just the money that you are chasing. Skills developed over time (even if that means staying in a job for only 4 years, that’s still 1000 years in millennial standard time) have a long lasting impact on your career. Call me old-school but that’s how I feel. Thoughts?