We spend a lot of time around here researching millennials/trends in the workplace and we are here to tell you why you should hire a narcissistic, entitled, needy, lazy, basement dweller. At HALIGHT 80% of our workforce is made up of millennials, yet for some reason, as we sat around the lunch room last week, an alarming number of individuals who are mostly ‘millennials’ refused to accept that they fall under the said generational time frame. Perplexed, and a little alarmed as to why so many were so adamant they were not millennials we were left wondering– are we a self-loathing generation? No, that can’t be it, then it dawned on us, “Well, who really would want to be defined as a needy, lazy, narcissistic, entitled, basement dwellers?”
We have unfortunately been dubbed this stereotypical portrayal by older generations that seem to be always throwing back to the ‘good old days, when they walked 2 hours over the mountain, through the woods, in the snow to school.’ What if we told you this was all a big misunderstanding and those typically awful stereotypes are advantageous in the workplace.
Hear us out…
Narcissism Makes Top Performers:
We’re narcissistic? So, what?
Being self-centered is not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to being productive. Millennials are often hyper-focused on getting the task at hand done and moving onto the next task, they are not concerned with being the first one into the office and last one out, but rather completing what was assigned to them and doing it well. Millennials are not time orientated but rather task orientated, meaning that they don’t see the value of being stuck at a desk from 9-5. Rather they see the value of getting the job done, so if that means if they work later from home to get it done, and stroll into the office at 11:00 am rather than 9:00 then that’s okay because they have accomplished the work that needs to be done. While some employers may see this as lazy, others are embracing this change because they are paying you to get the job done. Face-time for millennials does not correlate to good work ethic, getting the job done on time and well is much more meaningful. Millennials want to be top performers and aren’t worried about wasting time with ‘old school’ office formalities.
Lazy & Needy Often Translates to Craving Mentorship:
That brings us to our next faux-pas, millennials are ‘lazy’ this term ‘lazy’ has been taken out of context because studies indicate millennials are just as proficient in the workplace as older generations. However, their need for continuous feedback and mentorship is often summed up as neediness and laziness. The truth is millennials thrive off communication and want to feel as if they are a part of the bigger picture. Millennials are the most educated and tech savvy generation to date and they love to learn. Millennials are down for learning new things and open to accepting feedback, they need your feedback, they want to learn and grow, and if there is an outlined common goal your company is trying to achieve they will be on board. Millennials are all about goal setting and achieving goals for the greater good. On a side note, a millennial will often work for less if they feel as if there is something to gain intrinsically from their job, in fact 65% of them say that personal development is the most important factor in their career*. A millennial will legitimately work for less if you are willing to help develop them as an employee, now what’s so lazy about that?
Basement Dwellers Can Brush Themselves Off After Failure:
Now how could we possibly link being a basement dweller to something that can add positive value to the workplace? Well, let’s look at it this way millennials have spent most of their lives living in times of instability, from 9/11 on the world has been this chaotic political, economic mess. They have spent more money on education than any other generation before with skyrocketing tuition rates and because they were told they wouldn’t be able to do anything without an education. They graduated during an economic downturn and real estate crisis, have watched several proxy wars unfold before their eyes and are so indebted they are still at home with mom and dad but guess what? Millennials can capitalize on instability and are not afraid of failure. Millennials have had to make themselves marketable in creative ways, they have had to hustle from job to job and take as much away as they could from part-time and contract work, they are constantly adapting, and picking up skills in ways former generations have never had to. They are not afraid of change and are not afraid of failure because – just like the video games they played growing up – they learned that there are ways to win, and that you just need to change your way of thinking or gain a new skill set to turn that loss into a win. Where there is a failure, success is not far behind for millennials because they are equipped to take that failure as a chance to learn and grow. So, we are living in mom’s basement right now, but rest assured we are emerging from the dark confines of the basement into the light.