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Welcome to the Workplace, Millennials!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Joe Kiedinger

Welcome to Part 3 of 4 in our series on Green and Growing.

In the next five years there will be over 60 million Millennials in the workforce. Are you prepared? Are you ready to change?
 
Here is what you can be prepared for:

1) Deliberate relationship on-ramping into organizations

2) Faster promotion time

3) Desire to connect on a personal level

4) Open to the idea of “failing forward” (do you welcome mistakes?)

5) “If you don’t get me, I’m outta here!” is their battle cry.

 
My son Alex attends college in a resort town in Florida. He had a part-time job being a cook at a fun, local bar. Alex loved this job because of his co-workers, until the new manager was hired. Once the new manager started to disrespect him, it went downhill.   After one of her fifteen minute ‘dumpings’, he said, “Excuse me, I need to step outside.” Picture - I'm a Millennial.jpg

After a short break where he processed her behavior, he went back inside. She continued to barrage him until he calmly took off his apron and said, “You have disrespected me to my core. I can no longer work here.”

He walked across the street to a higher end restaurant and within two days, found a higher paying job and more interaction with people.

You see, this generation wants you to “get them.” They wish to be involved, they have amazing ideas and have the mentality of, “put me in coach, I’m ready to play.”

The Millennials are already entering the workforce in giant numbers. I employ quite a few, two of them are my directors. I’m changing…and I love it!

Welcome Millennials!!
 

Joe Kiedinger

ACTION PLAN: Do your research on this exciting new generation of brilliant contributors and get ready to change!

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 In case you missed it, read part 1 and  part 2 of this series!

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