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5 millennial stereotypes that aren’t true

Millennials could potentially make £8000 less than the previous generation

The term “millennial” refers to a person born between 1980 and 1994 – also known as Generation Y. This group will make up half of the global workforce by 2050 and already there are quite a few stereotypes of the generation out there. But Guardian reporter Aisha Gani says they’re simply not true (mostly).

1 Millennials set the bar too high
Teacher Sofia Niazi sums up Generation Y perfectly as a group that won’t settle for anything less than a job they’re passionate about, even if it means taking low-paid work. She points out that work doesn’t necessarily guarantee good pay or stability anymore, so her generation wants to at least feel fulfilled. So it’s not that they’re entitled; they simply want to love their job.

2 Generation Y is lazy
The previous generation believes millennials feel they should receive promotions regardless of how hard they work, when in reality millennials see themselves as working smarter, not harder. They utilise modern technology to make the most of their downtime during commutes and have truly embraced the “work on the go” ethic such technology has created. Despite this, millennials have a low opinion of their own generation, with only 36% seeing themselves as hardworking.

3 Millennials work to live
There’s a popular belief that millennials as a generation are only concerned with work-life balance. However, it turns out they’re more focused on integrating their work and personal lives, constantly searching for a way to get the best of both. They look for flexible roles that allow them to work when it suits them, even if that means being available at midnight to help a client in another time zone.

4 Millennials job hop
As Generation Y begins to fill more positions, the growing trend of moving from job to job has become more apparent and many say that makes millennials the worst employees. But research shows job-hopping has been a trend for decades. Plus, millennials feel anxious about the security of their positions and so look to other companies for opportunities to grow and develop.

5 Generation Y disregards experienced colleagues
Perhaps because millennials are constantly connected to the world around them, many workers from the previous generation believe their young colleagues don’t see any value in learning from their experience. On the contrary, millennials find great worth in teaching their older counterparts about new technology and social media while gleaning knowledge from them.

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