I’m a millennial, a twenty-something in management consulting, and I have some advice for those who manage me…
Coming of age in the heart of the digital boom, I’ve been a multi-tasker since elementary school, hyper-scheduled through both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Growing up with that constant variance pushed me, as well as my peers, to constantly seek new atmospheres.
My generation is built on a foundation of efficient communication, where, “How can I gain more knowledge in less time?” is a constant motivator. We are open-source, (mostly) tech-savvy and willing to search for solutions for the issue at hand or create an app that does the job better in the first place.
Yet, according to a comprehensive study on millennial preparedness in the workplace by Bentley University, “59% of business decision makers…give recent college graduates a ‘C’ grade or lower for preparedness in their first jobs.”
Let’s unpack preparedness: In most academic settings, we were trained to push limits, test constraints, and think creatively – the wilder the idea, the more we stood out. Here’s how that translates in the workplace, and how it impacts you as a Millennial manager:
As a manager, one of your biggest challenges might just be coaxing us out from behind the “digital wall.” We are accustomed to having a device on hand and a wealth of information available in a moment’s notice. Letting go of that can be an exercise in vulnerability – like exploring the jungle without a compass. In the workplace, with you as our leader, the cross-generational team becomes our compass; allowing us to watch how other generations navigate situations, offer different perspectives, and collaborate toward a better solution.