The time has finally come. Businesses are taking a stand. Millennials can take their selfish selves elsewhere.
Companies handed over the power and control of hiring to the “future of America”. There was already so much pressure to provide great pay and benefits, when ping-pong tables became a thing, they were the last thing potential new hires cared about. Then the ante was upped again with dry cleaning pickup and drop off. And catered lunches. And valet parking. And company sponsored happy hours.
I am a millennial, but I graduated college in 2010, at the same time the job market was at an all-time low. Maybe I’m still a little bitter from not getting a job immediately after graduation, but if you’re a millennial and any of the following sounds familiar, stop it. You’re giving the rest of us a bad reputation.
Your work ethic sucks.
If everyone could get rich without hard work, think of all the millionaires there would be in the world. The work you produce is a direct reflection on your manager, and ultimately the company. If you aren’t performing you should be fired. The lack of care and effort put forth is noticed. This company was not built for the next generation to destroy it. Your happiness is not their responsibility. If you are unhappy with your job, it‘s your choice to do nothing, make a change, or leave. Your work ethic is still what matters most.
You don’t think that training and comprehension are your responsibility.
A boss is not your babysitter who will hold your hand to cross the street. And they are definitely not your parent. They don’t even have to like you. Welcome to the grown-ups table! Millennials are not getting any more participation ribbons. Take initiative to learn something that will benefit you now and for the future. A good manager hires people they don’t have to micromanage and can trust to do the job they were hired to do. Raises and promotions aren’t going to come just because you’ve been there the longest. If you put in the work, you will be appreciated and recognized appropriately.
You expect perks as part of the package.
Perks are just that, perks. If your biggest complaint is that the company paid for lunch you got today sucked, pack your own. Your manager has more to worry about than if you were fed or not. There are hundreds of companies offering more and more perks to enhance their company culture. If you like your job enough, those things won’t matter.
Millennials are spoiled and companies need to take back their hiring power. By now, employers should be sick of laziness and entitlement. What millennials should want is what they are getting by being hired. A job. The opportunity to do the work they want to do. Free lunches, ping-pong tables, and gym membership are perks—not necessities. If we don’t want to be the spoiled, entitled generation; we need to stop being spoiled and entitled.