Tessara Smith, PayScale
Millennials often get a bad rap when it comes to our work ethic in comparison with the rest of the work force; we have been called selfish, entitled, lazy, and worst of all unmotivated. The fact of the matter is most of us haven’t had to work half as hard as the generation that came before us to get to our jumping off points as college graduates. However, many of us are up to our elbows in debt from student loans and our job prospects upon graduation look grim. Perhaps you have hired underperforming workers from the millennial generation before, but don’t let a few bad apples ruin the bunch. I am here to set the record straight and tell you why hiring a Millennial will be a great choice for you as an employer.
We’re highly competent with technology
As the first generation to be brought up with computers; Millennials will come into your business with a solid foundation of computer knowledge. More importantly, if your business is using a program they have never heard of, they will be fast to master any new skills. Social media is a second language to most Millennials and therefore they make excellent content marketing interns.
We’re often creative and open minded
Millennials have little reservation when expressing themselves on social media sites; it is part of their culture. They will not be afraid to share their ideas when working on a project and they have no problem picking a new direction if you are dissatisfied with their work. Furthermore, they are a more liberal and progressive generation then those who came before them and will work well with people from all backgrounds.
We might save you some labor costs
Although you shouldn’t underpay your interns, you can significantly cut costs by hiring them to do a large amount of work for your company which would normally take a significant chunk out of payroll if you hired a temp or other “qualified” individual. They gain experience and you save money, it’s a win-win situation.
We’re approval seekers
This one can be a double edged sword. Millennials crave acceptance and will work hard to make sure any feedback you give them is of a positive nature. However it is important to remember that they will want your feedback much more frequently than workers from other generations. They are new to the work force and they want to do a good job for you and your company.
Millennials are adept at networking and they are excellent at working in groups. They are a highly social generation and enjoy opportunities to meet new people. Put a few millennial interns together and you have your dream team of workhorses.
The job market for Millennials not looking so hot at the moment, to say the least. A millennial who works for you will be more than willing to rise to the occasion when it comes to job performance. Furthermore, they will strive to prove themselves as a valuable member of your team. Considering that a significant chunk of college grads cannot find well-paying job right now, a millennial walks into your office every day with the mindset that they are privileged to be working for your company. If that isn’t an excellent trait of an employee, then I don’t know what is.
Incredibly resilient: Millennials were working towards making their college dreams come true in the midst of a recession. Many persevered through their AP classes, SAT’s, or even part time jobs, in spite of chaotic family situations that resulted from unemployment. You can expect that workers from this generation are more than capable of overcoming any obstacles and setbacks that they may encounter.
Millennials are undoubtedly distinct from the generations that came before them, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Perhaps we are slightly “entitled”, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have what it takes to excel at our positions. We are painfully aware of the fact that there are more applicants than openings in the market for lower level positions and that we can easily be replaced by another candidate. Any employment is considered great employment to a millennial, and if you hire right, you might just find that Millennials are some of the hardest working employees you have ever had at your company.
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