Ok, so we’ve all heard the usual diatribe about twenty-somethings being nightmare employees. Yet there are some redeeming plus points about millennials at the workplace that employers should take note of.
1. They are super flexible
If there’s one thing you can’t accuse millennials of, it’s inflexibility. Perhaps it’s because they grew up in a world in constant flux and amidst rapidly changing technology, but these 20-somethings are completely unruffled by change. New system that’s replacing the one that hasn’t changed in 20 years? No sweat. Hotdesking? Totally on it. Adaptability is a key strength in the modern workplace, and the millennials have it in droves.
2. They embrace technology
From the ever-changing social media platforms to the latest in presentation tools, you can bet that the millennial in the office is the one who’s most up-to-date with the new technologies out there. Plus, they tend to be ultra resourceful online, especially when it comes to procuring materials on Taobao.
3. They have passion in bucketloads
Contrary to their reputation for being apathetic, millennials actually have a lot of passion for their work as many view work as an extension of their personalities. If they are properly engaged, they can become the biggest advocates for their company. But if not, they can jump ship quicker than you can say “Probation’s over”.
4. They excel at creative and collaborative thinking
All those years of intensive project work and lateral thinking exercises at school mean that the majority of millennials are comfortable working in a group, and are probably pretty creative at problem solving.
5. They are digitally engaged
And since most companies need online and social media presence, your millennial colleague is probably the best suited to keeping your social media feeds up to speed.
And of course, all that bad press about millennials is not totally unfounded. Here are 5 things millennials are generally terrible at:
1. They can’t take criticism
Yes, even constructive feedback gets taken the wrong way at times. We blame the affirmative parenting lobby.
2. They subscribe to “pie-in-the-sky” thinking
Don’t ask, don’t get – goes the old saying. But asking for overinflated wages and perks seem to be a bugbear of employers when it comes to this millennial generation.
3. They don’t have a mind for details
Brainstorming for the next big idea may be a breeze, but actually pinning down the details on that will cause most to duck for cover. It’s a rare millennial who possesses the discipline to go through details with a fine-toothed comb.
4. They need constant validation
Maybe it’s because they are used to highly supportive environments at home and in school, but they get angsty when they don’t get a regular drip-feed of compliments on what a great job they are doing.
5. They are allergic to face-to-face interaction
Their preferred method of communication? Via screens, whether on their phones or on their computers. Not convinced? Just walk over to your millennial co-worker’s desk to ask her how her day is going, and watch her squirm in awkward discomfort.