“Millennials: why are they the worst?” is the provocative title of Kelly Williams-Brown’s TEDex Talk, (which, by the way, is really worth a view). For those of you who saw Simon Sinek’s interview on Millennials, whilst describing an amusing parody – “they want bean bags and great coffee”, I really felt that he did the up and coming generation a huge disservice. Whilst we all know people in their 20s and early 30s who struggle to be on time, think they should be promoted for just doing their job and would like to be paid more but work less, does this really apply to a whole generation? And if it does, why don’t we have a label to apply to workers in their 50s and 60s who are set in their ways, guilty of being mood-hoovers, and egotistical around their accomplishments? Because one size does not fit all when it comes to recognising the merits of a whole generation.
“If only Millennial’s had the benefit of maturity and hindsight!” challenges Williams-Brown’s. Personally, I am honoured to work with young managers and leaders who are inspirational, ethical, challenging, inquisitive and keen to make a difference to this world we live in. For me, I feel it’s time to change the rhetoric around Millennials and focus on the positives that they inject in the workplace and the world.