Millennials and the Work Place

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Why would anyone even want to hire millennials? Are they worth the trouble?

“We want to make a difference from day one, which is totally huge. We show up, and that’s why we think we should be vice president,” joked Dorsey. “Gen-Y brings a lot of valuable skill sets in terms of thinking outside the box. We don’t know what status quo means, but we know that if something doesn’t work, we’re going to speak up about it.”

Dorsey has words of wisdom for companies like HotSchedules that employ a multitude of Gen-Yers: “When millennials show up at the office, you have to provide specific examples of what you expect. And the reason is, we often lack real world experience. So we may have degrees and big expectations, but we don’t necessarily know what ‘business casual’ means.

“You have to give feedback to millennials at least once a month. Other generations were taught if your boss is talking to you, you’re doing something wrong. Millennials were taught the exact opposite: If your boss isn’t talking to you, you’re doing something wrong.”

HotSchedules boss Pawlikowski swears by his staff. “I think the biggest thing is that they bring a new level of dedication that we haven’t seen in the past.”

And his Gen-Y employees, including Gadoci, may have a better perspective on life than generations before them.

“I want to make sure I’m doing things that make me happy,” Gadoci said. “So if it means maybe starting a little bit later down a long career path, then I’m absolutely going to take that opportunity to enjoy life.”

Perhaps Dorsey sums up the Gen-Y work attitude best: “The truth is, millennials just want something they can put on Facebook!”

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  • Bob 2

    Being a supervisor of 4-generations of workers, you do have to treat them all differently. They all have different expectations which makes for an interesting set of work rules. Companies that refuse to recognize the differences are going to have a very hard time recruiting and retaining workers. There are vast differences betweens X’s and Y’s. But when the millennials hit, it’s really going to be interesting.

  • Barb

    whoever hires my millennial daughter will be darn lucky–she has an amazing work ethic.

  • DRT

    I was in the internet revolution for a few years prior to and after the year 2000 and at that time we did a lot of things similar to what is needed to be done now. We gave away drink tickets on Fridays, allowed people to pick their own titles, and no dress code (none, absolutely none) built a miniature golf course in our building, bought video games and plasma TVs….the list of excess goes on and on.

    But we also spent a lot of time communicating with people and that is what needs to happen now with the millenials. Monthly feedback is too little, weekly and real time is needed. It is also vital to help them understand themself. There is almost no thing as a linear career path anymore let alone traditional jobs. Communicate, discover, set expectations, commmunicate, give feedback, set expectations and communicate.

  • Barb

    DRT–forget about hiring my daughter–hire ME!

  • DLS

    Millennials are in for a rude awakening. Talk to anyone who teaches them at the college level and they’ll clue you into how bad things are going to go for them in the private sector. The real world is going to hit them very hard.

  • DRT

    Awesome Barb. Believe it or not the line I used that hooked my wife when I first met her was “I’d hire you!” I sure did…:)

  • DRT

    …oh wait, that can be taken the wrong way….no, I did not hire her ….. I married her…. ah nevermind….

  • DLS #5,

    As a millennial myself (i’m 26), I’ve seen a number of my friends take on professional lives like a champ. I’ve also seen a number of friends fail miserably and pick themselves up and move on well. I’ve also seen some who are still living with their parents at 28. Negative generalizations don’t get anyone anywhere.


  • Steve Jung

    As a University instructor, I teach a lot of these soon to be workers. The scary, maybe a good thing, is their understanding of failure. They fail a class as if it were no big deal. They think of it like a video game; play it four times to get past the first level. They just think, I’ll retake it next semester. Maybe that will work in “the real world”, but it is scary to see it at a University.

  • Chris Theule-VanDam

    I have hired plenty of millenials, and they are fantastic. I look for those that are mature. It’s the ones that are stuck in late-adolescents that I won’t hire.