Business owners like to hire people who are hardworking, disciplined, innovative, respectful, and persevering. They like employees who are responsible, patient, and loyal, and who will stay with them for the long run. And they especially like employees who are reliable and good at interpersonal communication skills and presentation skills.
An increasing amount of evidence is piling up that describes the Millenials – those born between the early 80’s and the late 90’s – as people smart business owners will probably do well to avoid, depending, of course, on the job. Here are a few reasons why:
Pawternity leave is really a thing. The Wall Street Journal explains: “As Americans increasingly treat their pets like furry children, employers are responding by extending family benefits to pets. The trend is especially strong in New York City, where the closest many come to having a child is buying a schnauzer. We offer maternity and paternity leave, and a pet is another member of the family. We don’t discriminate just because they aren’t human,’ says Laurel Peppino, head of talent acquisition at mParticle.”
Fully 30% of Millenials live with their parents. If you’re looking for a mature, responsible, disciplined employee, you probably want to avoid a parasite or someone who plays the victim. “Failure to launch,” “immature,” and “Peter Pan Syndrome” springs to mind – an indefinite adolescence where men want to remain boys forever.
In 2008, author Ron Alsop called the Millennials “Trophy Kids,” a term that reflects a trend in competitive sports, as well as many other aspects of life, where mere participation is frequently enough for a reward. It has been reported that this is an issue in corporate environments. Some employers are concerned that Millennials have too great expectations from the workplace. Some studies predict they will switch jobs frequently, holding many more jobs than Gen Xers due to their great expectations.
A 2013 Pew Research Poll found that 84% of Millennials, born since 1980, who were at that time between the ages of 18 and 32, favored legalizing the use of marijuana.
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People who spend most of their time staring at their phones and computer screens and communicating by text are seldom good at presentation skills or interpersonal communication. In fact, many Millennials are addicted to their mobile phones.
Most Millennials have never learned about playground justice, the value of losing, or that fairness is a myth. And they have an entitlement mentality with inflated opinions of themselves that simply doesn’t work in the workplace.
Finally, a new YouGov study commissioned by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, an anti-communist organization, found that 44 percent of millennials would prefer to live in a socialist country, with another 7 percent saying the same about communism.
There are many more reasons why this generation is often a bad hiring bet. So what is the solution? What is the alternative?
There is a cheaper, better, more readily available alternative to Millenials in the workplace – again, depending on the kind of work – and that is Seniors and Veterans. If you want employees that bring with them a host of skills, contacts, and experience and are reliable, patient, steady, grateful for the job, mature, great communicators, disciplined, and hardworking, consider hiring #Seniors and #Veterans.
Robin Elliott IPS Safety Inc.
P.S. Still not convinced? An article in the New York Times outlines how the crunchy breakfast staple has declined in sales recently- from $13.9 billion in 2000 to about $10 billion in the last year. And it seems as though the biggest culprit for this shift is millennials. Apparently, cleaning the bowl and spoon afterwards is a deal breaker. Almost 40 percent of Millennials surveyed by market research firm Mintel for its 2015 report said cereal was an inconvenient breakfast choice because it involved doing dishes afterwards.