Millennials Want What We Want (They Just Ask For It)

You know what the problem is with millennials? It’s those “constant demands for feedback, or flexibility or just acknowledgement for work.”

When you put it that way, “Is what they are looking for so unrealistic?” asks Liz Buckley. “Don’t we all want feedback? Don’t we all want flexibility? Don’t we all want input into our own career decisions?”

“And that, in essence, is where the hypocrisy lies,” Buckley told her DisruptHR audience in Dublin last fall in a presentation she aptly titled, “The Millennial Hypocrisy.” She was head of HR at the real estate firm Savills Ireland at the time, comforting managers as they complained about the demands of their younger workers, while recognizing millennials “are an evolving mindset.” More than just that, she says in her 5 minute presentation, the forces that shaped millennials are shaping and changing us all.

The evidence she offers is to simply hold up a smartphone. “With the touch of a button I have everything. I can find any information and I want it now,” she says. The instant gratification offered by our always connected world and the evolution of the labor force is transforming the working world.

“So what I would ask all of you to do,” Buckley says in closing. “Let’s champion our talent and not vilify it.”

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1 Comment on “Millennials Want What We Want (They Just Ask For It)

  1. Ms. Buckley makes some good points. And as much as we are tempted to vilify a person or group of people, it isn’t helpful to do so. She mentioned our expectation of instant gratification and gave smartphones as an example. Regardless of age, most people want the information they seek immediately. I wonder whether it would be wise for our culture to consider rolling back that expectation a bit. Is instant gratification always — or ever — a healthy thing for a person or a society? How do we learn patience if we always get what we want when we want it? How do we learn coping skills?

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