Millennials face problems completely unique to their generation.
"Why Johnny Can't Communicate," featured in yesterday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is about what I've learned working with young people as they prepare for the workplace. You may be surprised by the article (and you may disagree, think I'm too hard on them, or maybe you think they are spoiled?) It's worth a dialogue.
First, for transparency, some of my best friends (not to mention two of my adult children) are millennials. They are smart, motivated, socially conscious, values-driven, innovative, and eager to make their mark in the world.
But I think they have a problem: Social media is not their friend...and sometimes they don't even know it.
Millennials have a lot to manage as they come of age in the 21st century, and moving up the career ladder is fraught with global and economic turmoil. Millennials are challenged by a tough job market. Salaries are lower than a few decades ago, and benefits are often nonexistent. They have so much to contend with and social media should not get in the way (the focus of the article.)
Millennials do have advantages. Their technological expertise often surpasses that of their more experienced coworkers, and their comfort-level with social media is an asset in the business world. With a more fine-tuned approach to workplace communication, millennials can find their place in a business culture that developed long before the first smart phone glimmered to life. Read the article..what do you think? Perhaps you will want to pass the article along to millennials and those who care about them?