Being "Managed" from a Millennials Perspective
For as long as mankind has worked, we have had Managers. Some turn out to be good, and other you wonder what the person that promoted them was smoking. I am part of a generation called the “Millennials.” I remember someone not long ago saying, “Oh, Millennials don’t like being managed.” And I said, yes that’s right, we don’t like being managed. To me, being managed or manager is a word that brings out the feeling most people feel when they hear moist. Being Managed seems to me that we are children and need a babysitter to watch over what we are doing. We are all adults, trust us to do our jobs that we were hired for. Recently, I watched the video by Simon Sinek where he talks about instant gratifications with Millennials and how we want to make an impact. He is right, we do want to make an impact in our lives and the company. But I think Mr. Sinek misses a point, impact doesn’t necessarily mean we create the next Apple or Google. Impact can mean us seeing our work through. Or being able to see how our work impacts the overall well being of the company. We want to work for a company where we believe in it’s purpose. If we were being lied to during the interview process or the first few months of our jobs, we will leave. The world and companies need to get ready for us, and some managers need to let go of their chains. If you as a company or CEO or manager want to attract the next generation of workers, give us purpose, and watch us drive your productivity. We are not the generation that will sit idly in our cubes and work 9-5. We are not the generation that will collect our paychecks and work at your company till retirement. We are the generation that can help push your company to the next level, only if you and your company has a purpose that we can get behind. Don’t “manage” us, or try to babysit us. We have had enough of those when we were younger.