With help from Kraig Docherty.
With that said then, the idea of hiring Millennials must be a focus of the past. Now, we have to hire someone based on fit, as opposed to strictly skill set or age.
The most cringe-worthy statements I hear on a regular basis are when people talk about hiring Millennials. Often I hear that ‘Millennials like X’, ‘X is how we engage Millennials’, or ‘Millennials are X’. The truth is Millennials are, and aren’t, all of the things we generalize them to be. In Canada alone there are 7.5 million people born between the years 1980 and 1995. To suggest that all of them like to be treated a certain way is a gross misunderstanding of people, as we simply can’t generalize them based on year.
When it comes to recruiting then, the conversation must shift from recruiting Millennials to recruiting individuals. The age that people are born is irrelevant, as the desires and qualities we generalize them to have can be displayed in people of any age.Read more
It isn’t possible to generalize a generation, and we need to stop trying to do so.
The Berlin Wall, constructed in 1961, separated East Berlin from West. On the East side of the wall was, of course, the Soviet sector of Berlin, established in 1945. The West side of the wall, comprised of American, French, and British sectors, was a free city that operated with much less restriction than its neighbour over the 3.6m (11.8ft) divisor. Throughout the nearly three decades it was standing, it was believed that all people thought, desired, and acted much different than those over the wall. But did they? In Germany in the middle of the 20th century, there was no talk about generations, no discussion about age; just that of a wall and a political idealism that separated two groups of people into silos, much like generational titles do now. There was no talk about the individual, just the silo the individual was unfairly placed in. The destruction of the wall began on November 9th, 1989. Here, some 26 years later, I’m calling for the destruction of generational barriers in the workforce.
Engagement has traditionally be seen as a binary issue; like it can be addressed as a simple, stand-alone topic. But engagement is more than a single focus; it is a buy-in to an organizational culture, investment in the success of the organization, and the feeling of empowerment to make a meaningful impact while at work. Millennials crave the ability to make a lasting impact, contribute past what their job scope has traditionally allowed them to do, and live a life that isn't focused on the traditional work-life balance, but more along the lines of work-life integration. Hyper-connectivity and a passion to make a difference can be leveraged, not discouraged. Here are several things for executives and HR leaders alike to consider when engaging Millennials.Read more