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Getting Past the Stereotype: Why You Should Hire Millennials

ByJason Richmond,
business.com writer
| Last Modified
Aug 21, 2017
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Let’s try something: Close your eyes and picture your grandfather in his 20s or 30s as he was described to you throughout the years in various family stories. More than likely, you envision him as an industrious man, dedicated to his employer, possibly a serviceman, devoted to his country, and someone who believed in hard work and loyalty, no matter the cost to lifestyle or family time.

Now picture a millennial. What do you see? Are the same images and sentiments of a diligent and dedicated individual conjured when you hear that term? Likely, they aren't. The stereotypes that follow millennials these days are often associated with a generation of young people that want more from their companies – and life in general – but often lack the allegiance to employers that generations before them prided themselves on. Perhaps it isn't that they lack the characteristics required to stay at one company for the long haul, but that the companies of today are lacking the characteristics to retain them. Indeed, millennials want more, but is that truly a bad thing?

It doesn't take much for a passionate discussion to ensue when you mention the word "culture," but throw in the term "millennials," and you have added fuel to the proverbial fire. In today's day and age of startups, tech advancements and companies that are truly thinking outside the box, these two terms are the buzzwords to end all buzzwords.

However, though they are hot topics today, that does not mean they hold less value for strengthening the companies of tomorrow. For many companies, finally acknowledging the undeniable necessity of a healthy company culture is resulting in rapid success.

Highly educated and skilled

Millennials are the most educated generation to enter the workforce, and they are continuously advancing their skills throughout their careers. Their intimate understanding of technology – having been born into a time when advancements in the world of technology seemed to be happening on a daily basis – have allowed them unprecedented advantages over the men and women in the current workforce.

New perspectives

Ushering in the newest generation of employees also means getting fresh perspectives, opening the door to innovative thinking and untapped areas of success. For millennials, often known to be "out-of-the-box thinkers," their actionable strategies fall in line with a major portion of today's market. Their unique understanding of social media and technology assists companies in reaching targeted groups of consumers faster than ever before.

Team Driven and motivated

Another interesting characteristic of the millennial workforce is their open-minded mentality to working in teams for the success of a project. With the unprecedented amount of school activities and team sports, children of the millennial generation are accustomed to working side by side with others. 

Culture-motivated

Finally, though many feel that the millennial generation has done away with company loyalty, perhaps it's worth evaluating what is happening beneath the surface. It's true: Millennials are not blindly following their first employer to the age of retirement like the baby boomer generation. However, their reasons certainly hold some validity. The newest generation to enter the workforce is looking for more than just a paycheck.

They want to be involved, trusted and valued within their company, with leaders that educate and recognize their strengths. Millennials seek a balance in life. They are continuously looking to grow, both professionally and personally. In short, millennials are looking for exceptional company culture. And studies have shown that when they find that, they are more likely to exhibit the type of company loyalty so many expect of them.

At the end of the day, companies will decide which avenue is best for them. With more millennials than baby boomers today, the workforce will quickly be saturated with the newest generation. While there will always be an air of guarded caution with something unknown or new, it's important to stay focused on the objectives of success – for the company and the employees who work every day to achieve it.

Jason Richmond
Jason Richmond
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My ongoing goal of continual growth started with one objective - to learn from everyone and apply those lessons to my life. My life is dedicated to understanding how I can better help others, and that’s why I’ve travelled all over the world. To take a step back, it all started with Dale Carnegie. I took the Carnegie course after three years in Australia and embraced the methods and philosophies behind it. I embraced them so much, in fact, that I dedicated my life to them. I became a partner with Dale Carnegie because I saw the impact the program had on careers around the globe. It was a genuinely enlightening moment in my professional life. In fact, it was a legitimate moment of clarity. This path led me to become a consultant for various organizations, acting as an HR partner as I developed partnerships for my clients. I had the opportunity to travel the world and work with amazing people everywhere. But why Carnegie? My passion is to learn and share what I’ve discovered. It’s to take away an experience from every situation and apply it to my life and the lives of my team members. You won’t learn if you remain stationary, and I want to learn and grow. Ultimately, my position now is a way for me to provide for people and make their lives better. I do so by uniting individuality and fostering outstanding culture. I’d rather be a leader than a pusher because people respond positively to it. After all, if I’m not energized and committed, why should my team be? I am who I am because of because I’ve had the opportunity to be a student of different cultures around the world. I don’t see myself as a CEO. I don’t see myself as an executive. I see myself as a resource for my team and my clients. If I can’t serve them, I’m not doing my job. And if I can’t serve you, I can’t say I’m doing my job, either.
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