This is the first post by Jenn Ballard who is a marketing specialist for MeritShare and helping the team adopt a Millennial mindset.
Now that I am nearly a quarter of a century old, I have accumulated a solid amount of work experience. Looking back at the variety of jobs I’ve held and all of the people I’ve worked with, I’m now noticing the increasing age gap in the workplace and the drama it can lead to. The recent Forbes article by Jeanne Meister about adopting a Millennial mindset greatly resonated with me. I was surprised to read that one third of US workers say their boss is younger than they are (according to a recent study by CareerBuilder).
In competitive work environments, where stress runs high as demands increase and employees struggle to make ends meet while desiring recognition for their hard work, it can be difficult to accept that someone younger than you is achieving more success. The injustice of it may even add fuel to the fire.
This is why the Pew Research center created a quiz to illustrate how instead of battling these Millennials, making an effort to adopt a similar mindset could actually relieve some tension as well as improve your performance and the performance of your workplace as a whole. The fact is, by 2020, Millennials will comprise nearly half of the USA workforce and, by 2030, 75% of the global workforce! The Millennials and what they accomplish will help determine our future, so it is important to understand them and work with them. Millennials move faster and think faster, constantly using social technology to connect with others and receive information. The Pew quiz suggests “building” social into your life, such as using social media like Facebook or playing social games instead of watching TV. This just amplifies your options of communication, and opens your connections to diverse groups of people. It is important to be digitally literate and connected to one another, because that is the way we invite others to be open to each other and accept people of all cultures.
Times are different now than they were then and the workforce is constantly increasing in diversity. I will be looking to those with much more experience for advice and I hope they might learn something from me. Everyone has something they can teach others, no matter how old or young they are. The workplace will always be changing and expanding; expand with it so you don’t get left behind.