I recently visited a digital studio.
This particular studio hires online learning gurus. They translate traditional learning material into accessible e-material for business and academia.
Every employee is a millennial. Unashamedly so.
Millennials, for those who don’t know, are those born after 1994. In our South African context they’re also termed ‘born frees’.
They usually answer advertised job positions that use the phrases: “quirky” and “newly graduated”.
The digital studio I visited openly acknowledge the “entitled” reputation of their generation.
To that they add their ability to harness the “collaborative, culturally competent, entrepreneurial, confident and results-oriented” qualities they believe they bring to the workforce.
I visited to see whether the strategically positioned pool table, bean bags and pinball machine really did make it a unique place to work.
As a ‘Generation X’er Millennials intrigue me
Perhaps because I am tied to the diametrically opposing values of loyalty and hard work, but particularly because I am envious of their demands to accelerate up the career ladder.
And specifically of their desire for balance and meaning, both inside and outside of work.
The following 6 tips about how to behave when around Millennials should be useful for Baby Boomers, particularly, who notoriously bump heads with the energy and divergent opinions of Millennials:
Many workplaces are grappling with integrating ‘born frees’ and those generations who have gone before.
I suspect it’s as simple as connecting with the person in front of you, and demonstrating a willingness to build a relationship; an art that is very much the domain of the generations that have gone before them