Little do many know, Millennials include everyone born between 1982 and 2000 (according to the U.S. Census), this means that as of 2018 Millennials range from 18 to 36 years old. The 80’s, 90’s, and early 00’s babies are no longer “babies” and are taking over the workplace, bringing new technology with them. The 80’s saw the rise of personal computers and cell phones, and the technology boom has never looked back. Millennials literally grew up alongside modern technology, which allowed them a childhood like no other. This generational shift has prompted a change inside and outside the office.
Millennials also grew up in a fast-paced world where ramen noodles weren’t the only thing that was instant. This allowed them to do more; more sports, more clubs, more volunteering, more classes, more everything. If you want to see some amazing multi-taskers, take a look at their generation. Make no mistake in confusing Millennials with Generation Z, who are said to be less focused and technology dependent because of “modern life” throughout the past 18 years.
You have probably heard a lot of grief and gripe about the millennials, especially now that they are all (mostly) in the workforce. If you have millennials in your workplace, here is how to utilize them to the fullest potential:
Built in Tech Support: Not every company has an I.T. department. If you do, you probably don’t want to go through the hassle of submitting you’re issue and waiting a day for a response. Milly the millennial can probably fix your frozen laptop in a jiff! (Have you restarted it?)
Party Planning Committee: Millennials grew up in a social environment, online and off. Your company parties (Christmas, Birthday, National Pancake Day…who’re we to judge) will definitely be the talk of the break room!
Team Players: Millennials grew up playing on teams, working in groups, and participating in clubs.
They also grew up in a world that was becoming increasingly open-minded to other’s thoughts, opinions and beliefs, making them great team players.
Social Media Experts: Whether your company needs help with social media, or you want to post a picture of your dog on Facebook, Millennials (and now five-year old’s) have the skill set to help out… Milly to the rescue.
Professional Development: Millennials have the craving for perfection unlike any other generation. In the workplace, we call this practice professional development. Is your company lacking in what they offer for professional development for employees? Ask Milly, she’s sure to have a great idea.
Flexible: They’re flexible…and not just because they do yoga. Millennials actually prefer flexibility and work-life balance. Looking to outsource some of your projects, or incorporate remote positions into your workforce? Millennials may be your go-to option, as they do not require an office with four walls and a desk to get they’re work done.
Remember, Millennials are more than the stereotypes surrounding them. Every generation has stereotypes, don’t let the ones about Millennials fool you.