A few weeks ago, we read columns and listened to podcasts that revolved around a central theme: how to play nice with the Millennial generation in the workplace.
The Millennial Generation is invariably stigmatized in a professional environment; the black sheep of many think pieces and articles. We are painted as coddled, taller children. We are categorized with words like “lazy,” “entitled” and “self-absorbed.” It becomes massively frustrating reading any column that attempts to classify (and, often, condescends) its members.
The NPR article “The Generation That Can’t Wait To Move Up At Work,” stated that Millennials are “eager to bounce up the corporate ladder without putting in the time on the lower rungs” which makes it sound like every employee of our age group is an archetype of Mad Men character Bob Benson – exhaustingly willing to please and eager for a promotion.
I am lucky to say that, despite overwhelming conjecture to the contrary, I’ve experienced nothing but respect and courtesy at my internship. I’m one of the younger colleagues of the newsroom, but I’m treated with the same degree of respect as the veteran coworkers.
In fact, in my experience, the most optimal workplace dynamic doesn’t come with a group of solely Matures, Baby Boomers, Generation X, or Millenials. the most advantageous group of coworkers is not those of a single generation working together. Good collaboration, varied perspectives, and tangible productivity involves colleagues of all demographics and backgrounds, or it simply wouldn’t be a genuine team effort.
To suggest otherwise, to steal a phrase, is ignorance.