The Millennial generation faces many challenges in the workplace.
Self-esteem is lower than those of previous generations.
Help will be needed to cope with the challenges to be faced.
Millennials are those born after approximately 1984.
In December 2016, author Simon Sinek spoke about the Millennial generation in the workplace. It is a forewarning of what our current students will be facing in the future.
After watching the video, here are some of the points that resonated with me.
Simon stated that this generation is amazing, idealistic and fantastic. But they are growing up with lower self-esteem than those of previous generations. We have a responsibility to help this generation.
We need to help them:
build their confidence;
learn the social skills; and
find a better balance between life and technology.
DIFFICULT TO MANAGE:
Millennials are difficult to manage and they are accused of:
feeling entitled (this is the major accusation);
appearing unfocused; and
Compared to those of previous generations, the Millennial generation has grown up with lower self-esteem. It is not the fault of this generation, it was dealt a ‘bad hand’.
Engagement with social media and our cell phones release a chemical called dopamine. That’s why when we get a text – it feels good. Dopamine is the exact same chemical that makes us feel good when we smoke, drink or gamble. It is extremely addictive.
We are becoming hard-wired. This is due to unlimited access to these devices and media. As they grow older, too many children don’t know how to form deep, meaningful relationships.
We know that those who spend more time on Facebook suffer higher rates of depression.
They learn that everything they want can be obtained instantaneously.
But job satisfaction and strength of relationships are not instant. These are slow, meandering, uncomfortable and challenging processes.
THE NEED TO LEARN PATIENCE:
As a result of the above this young generation needs to learn patience.
It takes time to develop important traits or feelings such as:
love of life
having a skillset.
Often help is needed. The journey is long and arduous. The worst case scenario is that we are seeing an increase in suicide rates in this generation.
The comments and information shared by Simon Sinek inform us how critical it is to help our children.
Simon O. Sinek is a British/American author, motivational speaker and marketing consultant. If you wish to learn more about his interesting talk, there is a link below to the video.
Our children can be coached on many of the issues mentioned here as as spoken by Simon.
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