Myth-Busting: What Millennials Want From Their Job In IT

Dateline: February 20, 2015

Welcome to our Friday WRAP – one thought-provoking idea to think about over the weekend.

In a recent post at Information Week, David Wagner, writer and community editor, shared 10 tips for millennials in IT who want to figure out how to talk with the ‘older generation’.  While this type of thinking has been the fodder for many jokes, there is a perception that millennials act different than the older generation.  In his post, Millennials In IT: How To Talk To Old People, David suggests a number of myths and gives advice to the millennial professional on how to combat the misperception.  The myths are:

1.  Millenials don’t know how to do anything.
2.  Millenials expect to be constantly promoted before they do anything.
3.  Millenials are entitled and feel like work-life balance is more important than their career.
4. The best way to keep a millennial is to give them opportunity to do charitable work.
5.  Millenials do everything in hordes.
6.  Millenials can’t live without their phones.
7.  Millenials need structure and guidance to survive
8.  Millenials need to be showered with praise
9.  Millenials have no sense of or respect for history

David concludes by suggesting, ” I’m just saying that when the time comes to bust some stereotypes, there are certain ways to do it right.”  If you are a millennial, be sure to click on this link – you will want to know how to change this type of thinking.

         What stereotypes do you have about millennials in your workplace?  How do they get in the way?
         What can you do to combat the stereotypes about you in your workplace? 

That’s a WRAP!  Have a great weekend.

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