The generation that is going to take forward the world in different spheres – research, technology, health, manufacturing and corporate ― is the current generation, also known as ‘The Millennials’. They have been under the scanner; held to close scrutinizing for their goals, their ambitions, and their overall mindset. Yet, they haven’t been figured out completely and maybe never will be.
How to deal with them? How to recruit the most deserving candidate when they are known to expand their experiences constantly and are prone to instances of job-hopping?
What sort of motivation can be given to a generation that beloved in utopian tasks like fighting off world hunger and poverty, for instance? Another obstacle in our course – and a major one at that – is the nose diving attention span among people of the current generation. Just to put a number on that, attention span decreased from 12 seconds to 8 seconds since 2000, according to a study by Microsoft.
Conclusion: There is a piece to the jigsaw puzzle that we’re missing. There is a need to understand the psyche of the millennials. And we need to do that on an urgent basis since they are the ones who are going to form a major part of our workforce very soon.
Get over with the ostracising
Just because you don’t understand their ways, their mannerisms and their pulse doesn’t mean that you would start stereotyping them into a narrow spectrum of adjectives. We stereotype people who we think are different from us. Science has evidence that we do this because it’s cognitive efficient – once we have categorized, we no longer need to consider information about each individual member of the group. The biggest problem with such assessment is that we ourselves haven’t been able to totally understand what millennial want and what their long-term goals are (one counter narrative could be that millennials themselves haven’t been able to totally understand what they want) and hence have conflicting viewpoints on millennials.
What really is going on
Let’s try to figure this dilemma out by looking at the bigger picture. Millennials are not driven by traditional incentives that we know of; they have very different ideas of what they want to achieve out of working than the previous generations. This could be attributed to the fact that the world hasn’t been this prosperous since we have known humanity to inhabit this planet. Sure, there is hunger, poverty, terrorism and climate change that we have to deal with, but the human population at a large has never been more peaceful, less hungry, less poor and the death rate has been at an all-time low. All of these points to the fact that the current generation is more invested in looking at the bigger picture than ever before any generation was. They have lived through reasonable prosperity and hence want to solve large problems. For them it’s not only about the money, the company name and/or their job title like it once was for us. It’s about having a sense of purpose and fulfilling it. ‘Being happy’ isn’t an employment perk for them. They want to hold a career that is rewarding for them – in multiple parameters. They place a strong emphasis on finding a job that is truly fulfilling. One that offers them the opportunity to grow, learn and have a future. When that doesn’t happen, they become unhappy, demotivated and start focusing just on making money or getting through their day so that they can get on with outside interests. Everyone is different but one thing’s for sure, stereotyping and/or complaining won’t solve the problem…though nor will searching for the answer on Google!