Lazy, entitled, narcissistic: these are just a few words commonly associated with millennials. Dubbed the ‘me me me generation’, this generalisation couldn’t be more wrong. And I don’t say this just because I am a millennial — research agrees too. Let’s take a look at how this perception is vastly different from reality.
We Utilise Technology & Hacks to Achieve Work-Life Balance
Our priorities are sorted. According to a survey by Pune-based talent assessment and analytics firm Jombay, millennials seek flexible hours and a healthy, respectful work environment.
Working smart – not hard – is our mantra, and why not? There’s so much more to life than just work, after all. Instead of needlessly working long hours, we focus on multitasking and being productive instead.
Maybe instead of blindly judging us like Simon Sinek does, older folks could learn to use technology to work smarter. From to-do lists to emails, we get a lot of work done on our smartphones.
Delhiite author Rahul Vishnoi (31) says, “I hate all this talk about millennials being glued to their screens and not doing any hard work. According to me, that has got nothing to do with efficiency. And being tech-savvy never harmed anyone.”
We’re Open to Change
Unlike older folks, we do not invest years in jobs that will not help take our careers in the direction we want. Because for us, work is more than just making a living.
We’d rather find and pursue our passion than stagnate in a role or company that is clearly a bad fit. Seasoned recruiters will also tell you that successful people tend to change jobs often, until they find the right fit.
And let’s not forget, in earlier times, lifelong employment was pretty much guaranteed for most employees. Today, the job market is so volatile that there is no such thing as a stable job for even the most brilliant performer.
Despite Our Love for All Things Virtual, We Seek Real Connections
We love documenting our lives on social media. We have to self-promote to keep up with the times because, a) that’s how recruiters find and filter us, and b) that’s pretty much the whole point of social media, isn’t it?
So while I personally don’t appreciate endless selfies and photos, saying that we are narcissistic individuals just because we often talk about ourselves is uncalled for.
In fact, we are looking for real and authentic relationships — technology just helps make it easier for us to connect with people around the world. Online relationships often translate to deep connections, sometimes even into offline ones.
Authenticity matters to us, be it in people or brands. That’s also one of the reasons why unlike our parents, we’d rather stay unmarried than settle for less only because we have reached a “marriageable age”.
Shimla-based assistant engineer Megha Rana (28) states, “We are a generation of quick-fix solutions, instant messaging, and emoticons, but all of us are still looking for real connections in the virtual world. We connect with unknowns, travel with strangers… we are more open, more welcoming in so many ways.”
So you see, while some unpleasant stereotypes about millennials may ring true (hey, nobody’s perfect), we’re not half as bad as we are made out to be. It’s time we stand up for ourselves so that we can put toxic assumptions and sweeping statements to rest.
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