By Michael Harris-Arzon, the Simplistic Professional
“It’s hard to work in a world that laughs at your existence and thinks it’s a joke.”
“I didn’t get the job!” Or “But I have a degree in…..” Or “I DESERVED that job.” These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to complaints associated with the Millennial generation. Earlier today I was reading an interesting article on Fusion about the object poverty of millions of Millennials. Granted, the core topic of the article was referring to LGBT Youth statistics and the rise in homelessness and those living below the poverty level. Yet, the message that I keep coming back to is that Millennials want to place blame and not take any responsibility for the outcomes their actions perpetrate.
When it comes to discrimination and equality in the workplace, Americans have progressed by leaps and bounds compared to the Baby Boomer generation and beyond. As I dissect some of the major changes in the workforce that have occurred in the past 25 years, most of the changes, I feel, have been for the better. New fathers are eligible for parental leave when a child is born or adopted. Workplace environments are more conducive to an employee’s individualized productivity needs. Workspaces have evolved for many to mimic something out of a Syfi movie. And the list goes on and on and on.
Many Millennials, unfortunately, have their families to blame for the work ethic problems they face, the attitude of automatic deserving and even the pumped up self image they all seem to possess. I say this, because we are products of our environment and while the parents celebrate the victories of their various fights, these same parents were spoiling their kids with the latest tech toys, failing to educate this generation about the recent past and the reality of their lives. By doing so an entire generation graduated college and went into the workforce expecting to obtain the job of their choice without having to actually prove themselves. Now they cry foul and blame the world when they simply need to put the phone down, ignore the iPad and get their hands dirty with what ever work is required of them and learn the lesson of humility.