Being a millennial has been a growing subject in the Gen X and Gen Y debate. Do you actually have to be a millennial physically or can you have a millennial mindset? What does the mindset consist of? Is the workplace really evolving because of this?
Millennials have often been put down as thinking that they are “entitled”, “need flexibility”, have been babied or spoiled, and the list goes on. Gen X’s place judgment on Gen Y’s in the workplace, however is it just because they are not susceptible to change? In today’s day and age, technology is advancing, and with that, systems, mindsets, and ways to work are evolving. If you are not on board for change, you better hang on tight!
As a millennial, I fall into the “work from home, flexible” work life. That doesn’t mean that I don’t work hard, however that doesn’t mean I don’t have fun. I believe that happiness constitutes for what you are doing in life, and if you are not happy with what you are doing, you cannot do it successfully. I look at elders who are stuck in dead-end careers, miserable. Who would want to be miserable in a life that you on live once?
Millennials may have a new way to work, however who is to say that it is not actually the right way to work? Advances in wearable tech and technology shows the direction we are headed in the future in terms of leadership, business, and the overall workplace. From ways to learn to ways to teach, millennials consider change as part of the agenda. Building an adaptable working environment where employees can be happy, connected, and successful is key.
If you don’t change your ways, you might as well use a quill pen and papyrus scroll and assume nothing will get better than that.
How would you like to have the convenience of staying home with your child because he or she has the flu and not missing a thing in the office because of the accessibility of video conferences and hangouts? It’s a new way of working and a way workplaces could evolve. It takes into account that we are all humans and unexpected things happen. Taking it to a new level and showing that you care will create a positive moral and working structure. Changes like this, as simple as it may be, could lead to bigger changes in the future.
I don’t want to speak for all millennials, but it is not my goal in life to run all Gen X’s out of the workplace to adhere to a Gen Y agenda. However, I would hope over time, all would accept a change and to slowly integrate new ways to work in the work environment. Account for all of the positives, and set aside things that didn’t work. Change is not always a bad thing. Sometimes one small change is all you need to begin on the road to success.
#EmbraceChange: What is one thing that you would like to see evolve in the workplace?
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