Generation gap – how often we all are used to hear this term! Yes, it is acknowledged by almost all, be it employed, salaried, retired, or stay-at-home people. How it impacts millennials at workplace? Keep reading!
Generation gap results in difference of opinions, difference of work styles, and difference of culture.
What we call is generation gap, is usually an interaction gap.
Generations – which generation you belongs to? Enjoy reading this!
Starting from 1900 till date (July 2017), generations have been defined as:
In most of the workplaces, you will find Baby Boomers, Gen X, and Millennials. Of course, it is undeniable that nowadays Gen Z have also taken their first step towards corporate culture, but their ratio is still negligible. Among these generations, perhaps Millennials have experienced huge amount of technological developments. Such technological developments have highly impacted overall work culture and work discipline.
Few interesting facts pertaining to Millennials, as compared to other generations, are:
- Millennials are regarded as more productive
- Millennials have higher purchasing power
- Nearly 30% of the Millennials are self-employed
- Almost 80% of the Millennials are addicted to social media
Having seen lot many developments and advancements, at global level, this generation is tend to be little different and more of unique. However, workplace has proved a major challenge for these people.
Problems faced by Millennials at Workplace
1. Conflict in Ideas
Having bosses from baby boomers and Gen X, with different mind-sets and traditional work methodology, there are pretty obvious chances of conflicting ideas and opinions. Millennials, being little combative, aren’t used to accept “No”. Considering the nature of millennials, not only inter-generation issues have chances but intra-generation conflicts have also high probability. This nowhere proves that they are wrong, or aren’t right, but it is just difference in perspectives.
2. Etiquette in communication skills
There are several instances noticed of having a lapse in communication, be it written or verbal. This generation prefer short cuts and use maximum of emojis (like thx, k, FYI, Rgds, Fyn, cmg, :), :(, :0 etc.)
Furthermore, this generation is used to send digital messages (SMS, tweets, and others) whereas, the Baby Boomers and Gen X are more comfortable with phone calls and emails for the same communication.
41% of millennials have no landline at homes, they rely on their mobile phones for communication. – Peter Vermeulen
Talking about email communications, to develop a formal communication style is a big challenge. Because at no cost one can afford to compromise on professionalism. Well, if your boss is also from the same genre, you are lucky one, at least for informal communication.
3. Switching jobs
Earlier, people used to stay in their jobs for years and years. Many old baby boomers would have served only one or two organisations during their employment tenure. Well, this isn’t the case anymore. With increasing inflation, improving lifestyles, sky-rocketing automations, and other factors, either they don’t feel job security or they aren’t satisfied with what they are drawing in hand. Some just want to try new things in a new field to prove themselves and enjoy novel profiles. Some aren’t happy with organisational culture and want to switch to betters places. This all cumulatively results in low employee engagement and high turnover.
91% of the millennials expect to stay with your company for fewer than three years. – Future Workplace
In short, it is challenging for them to survive in the same job for longer tenure with growth in their profile and package. Hence, Millennials at workplace need to keep their eyes and minds open with the ongoing industry and recruitment trends.
Of course, they do face challenges much more than listed here, but there are high benefits associated with them. Having millennials at workplace brings manifold advantages since they’re intrinsically motivated, they are able to think outside the box, they are highly educated and tech savvy, and they really look beyond the boundaries to grow themselves as well as grow organisations with which they work.