According to 60 Minutes, "The Millennials are Coming" and if you're a manager, this next generation of professionals will challenge both what you learned in B School and how you got where you are in your career. Apparently, some people leading organizations think this new breed of employee poses a problem and they're trying to fix this perceived threat before it gets out of hand. Comments on the 60 Minutes website indicate that not everyone agreed with Morley Safer's portrayal of this next generation of workers.
These talented and energetic professionals approach work from an entirely different (not incorrect) point of view. Unfortunately, Boomer managers who mortgaged their lives for their careers can easily perceive these new upstarts as a marauding gang of iconoclasts who need to learn how the corporate world operates. One cannot help but wonder how much of the angst by the generation that "paid their dues" is actually some level of resentment that the Millennials have figured out very early in their careers how to make a living and still enjoy a life.
Millennials will admit they need some help finding their way into corporate life. Ryan Healey, who was interviewed for the 60 Minutes segment offers a candid and insightful appraisal of his generation that every frustrated manager ought to read. (I'd recommend bookmarking the site.)
Effective critical thinking requires using facts to identify the source or root cause of a problem. Perhaps business leaders should use more facts gained through personal conversations with Millennials when trying to figure out why this generation doesn't share the same definition of "hard work" as their more senior managers.
A wise business leader of a previous generation was right when he commented, "It's much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem" (Malcolm Forbes).