If your young co-worker seems lazy, try checking this out to see what is really going on. The bottom line when it comes to working with somebody, anybody, from a different generation is that they have been raised in a different culture than you. Even if they were born and raised in the same city, maybe even the same family, they were raised in a different society. Today’s world is full of technology and intelligence that we didn’t have back when we were first entering the workforce. Here are five reasons the young worker you spend your days hacking away at projects with seems lazy. Maybe these insights, gathered by LifeHack,org, will help you understand them a little more:
1) Tradition? What tradition?
Ouch, right? The thing is, the younger generations were raised in a different world. When it comes to your dress codes and meeting policies, the younger generation just does not value the same things as our generation might. “Millennials no longer deem such things important and often fail to comply with out-dated rules.” They don’t want to waste their afternoon on something they don’t deem productive and instead may want to spend their time elsewhere. This doesn’t mean they aren’t completing their work, though. “He might just have written a simple code to do copy-pasting for him and now enjoys longer lunches while the job is still being done by itself.” Open your eyes a bit wider and see if they’re completing their work differently – you may be surprised.
2) Not another cog
Millennials oftentimes have bigger dreams than people from our generation, merely because they’ve been told from a young age to dream big. “They want a job with a purpose and to do something meaningful in life.” Here’s the catch in this scenario … many millennials don’t feel as if their skills are being fully utilized by the company they work for. “28 percent of respondents (in a Deloitte survey) admitted they feel that their current employer is making full use of their skills.” Maybe challenge them a bit more and see if you can widen their skill usage – you might be surprised to see them rise to the occasion.
3) Different values
More than a 401-K, many people in the younger generation are searching for a work setting they like. “They no longer want just a desk, fixed working hours, pension plan…” because they see their work as a different environment. They see their work as a place where they live part of their life and might be seeking a job they enjoy spending time in. “They are more attracted by intangible benefits like a friendly work culture, a lack of micromanagement and bureaucracy… permission to bring pets to work, or wellness benefits.” Try to expand the perks your company offers and think outside the box a little. If you’re a co-worker, maybe strike up a friendly conversation over juice instead of black coffee. It’s the little things.
Go, go, go! “Millennials are used to answering emails, making calls, and solving problems on the go.” Being affixed to a desk isn’t as desirable for this generation. “This generation does not want to repeat the mistakes of their parents who spent over 60 hours per week at work; instead they want it all – a successful career and a life outside the cubicle.” They want to be able to answer their email while jogging on a treadmill or while at a coffee shop. The flip side to this is that they are generally easier to reach during off hours because they’re always glued to their technology.