Interestingly enough I had never given much thought to managing different “generations.” If someone (young or old) worked hard, tried hard and did a great job that was all that mattered.
But according to Jacobs- there is a lot more to Millennials than meets the eye. I wanted to share what Jacobs described as the top 10 traits of millennials and what each trait means.
1) DETERMINED and very OPTIMISTIC– Meaning they don’t quit!
2) Exaggerated and delicate sense of self- Their entire life they have been told by parents and teachers they are great (and they get trophy for just showing up).
3) Community Loyal- They care about the world they live in and they want to make a difference.
4) Socially Driven- They are attracted to organizations where they can contribute to the greater good.
5) Highly moral and are self-policing- They don’t want a boss, they want a mentor.
6) Goal Focused- They demand freedom and frequent feedback (but in the right way).
7) Crave creative career paths- The jobs must fit into their lives, not the other way around.
8) Comfortable with and influenced by technology- And they have a huge “community” loyalty online.
9) Selective in processing- They are very good at “tuning out”- They have always been bombarded with messages- they hear what they want to hear.
10) Worlds apart from GenX- They see GenXers as skeptical, cynical, aloof, unfair.
Recently Alison blogged about being a millennial and included some tips for managers to consider. Just for fun- if you want to know how “millennial” you are, you can take this quiz (My score was an 84- so I am guessing I’m not quite a millennial, but I am sure my age did not give it away)!
So what do you think- Do you agree with these traits or can they be seen across all generations?