Millennials, by definition, refer collectively to those born after the 1980s. Most people are illusionist to think that these people are lazy, self-centered people and unproductive people. But why are millennials unproductive or at least why are they presumed to be unproductive? In an attempt to explain why Millennials are the way they are Simon Sinek, in his speech ‘the game we’re playing’, came up with a breakdown drafting the reasons into 4 wide categories that help us better understand why millennials are the way they are. The four categories defined by him are parenting, technology, impatience and environment.
Children of today’s’ age are brought up saying “you are special!” but in reality children cannot be expected to be treated the same way everywhere! I mean true enough children are a blessing from God and should be appreciated for that, however the fact that most millennials parents brought hem up calling them special, and that they can have anything and everything just because he/she wants to have it, has had an adverse impact on them. This has led to a culture where students are awarded good grades just because teachers don’t want to deal with their parents and students being awarded and appreciated for participating in something. For people that grew up in such a background stepping into a working environment that does not appreciate participation and only upholds achievement, and a environment where you can’t have something just because you want you is quite difficult. This just helps them fall back on their self-confidence and lose hope.
The evolution of technology is at a peak, like never before in history, today and the growth of social media has made it possible to create a picture of yourself or rather of how you want to show yourself to the world. Facebook , Instagram and Snapchat have become the solace that we look upto in times of depression and tribulations. The justification for this behaviour according to a 2012 study run by Harvard research scientists which says that being on social media, laptops or your cell phone releases a significant amount of dopamine, just like the sense of pleasure your brain detects when you wee money or food. This explanation is also most applicable to the scenario of why teenagers turn to alcohol in times of depression or tribulation. Alcohol as well, just like using social media exerts dopamine. This practice is said to be not healthy as people of today have learnt to not turn around to a person for comfort but to turn around to a device for comfort just similar to some people who turn around to a bottle for comfort rather than a person for comfort. Isn’t this addiction as bad as being addicted to alcohol? And shouldn’t we be giving the same concern we give to people addicted to alcohol to people addicted to social media?
This generation has been so pampered with instantaneous gratification that ‘waiting’ for something to happen or ‘waiting’ to achieve something has become increasingly difficult. You want to buy something you go on Amazon or eBay, place an order and then the next day whatever you wanted is at your doorstep – like being spoonfed? Could you expect that at your workplace? No, if you want to make an impact at your workplace or if you want to achieve something at your workplace you have to learn to WAIT! You can’t create an impact overnight, you don’t own any supernatural powers?! Nor can you achieve something thats career uplifting in 8 months. I mean you have just been there 8 months, is that even enough for you to learn about the organization? People just want to make an impact where they are working but don’t realize it’s as tough as climbing a mountain.
In today’s context organizations have helped millennials not stick to one job for a long period of time. Short lived employment periods are a practice of employees that were forced on them by organizations. I’m not saying businesses are hiring employees on a short term basis, I’m just saying organizations aren’t supporting their employees to over come worklife challenges they are rather mostly ready to label employees that don’t handle their challenges on their own as “failures. ”
You can find the full speech of Simon Sinek on “Why Millennials are the way they are?”, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hER0Qp6QJNUv