Characteristics Of The Millennial Generation

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Millennials, born between the years 1982 to 2000, are the largest generation since the Baby Boomer generation. (Gilbert, 2011). Many millennials are already in the work force, and the last millennials will be entering the workforce in the coming years. Just as their predecessors, millennials are thought of as spoiled and lazy by older generations. Ask any veteran police officer what they did when they were given an order by a supervisor- they did what he were told. Now ask that veteran officer what millennials do and they will tell you millennials want an explanation for everything and question authority. The complaints from older generations about younger generations is nothing new. Even Socrates complained about the younger generation. He is attributed to have made the following statement concerning the youth of his day: The children now love luxury; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are tyrants, not servants of the households. They no longer rise when their elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize over their teachers. (Schwendimann, 2014). This paper will attempt to identify characteristics of the millennial generation, what they expect from their workplace, and strategies leaders and managers can use. In order to effectively lead millennials, it is important for leaders to know the experiences of this generation and how these experiences have shaped them. This understanding could give leaders an insight into how to effectively lead millennials in the workplace. Simon Sinek gave an interview to Inside IQ Quest titled “Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace” which was published in December 2016. Sinek, a consultant and motivational speaker, explained that the millennial generation are thought of as “narcissistic, lazy, entitled and hard to manage” (2016). He said employers are trying new ways to reach this generation of workers, but many millennials are still not satisfied with their work life. Sinek lists four characteristics of millennials which have shaped them: poor parenting, technology, impatience and environment (2016). One term
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