There has been a lot of buzz in the recent times about why millennials are getting fired. Many industry experts such as J.T. O’Donnell and Guy Kawasaki have spoken or commented about it. They have brought attention to the fact that employers are fed up of trying to manage the millennials and the huge disconnect that is present between the millennials and their employers. So, what is it that has lead to this crisis.
J.T. O’Donnell identifies and discusses three main reasons why the millennials are getting fired:
- Employers Have No Interest In Being Parents
Millennials are used to being coached on what to do and how to do their entire lives, and expect the same in the workplace. But, the employer-employee relationship is very different. There is a reason why employers pay employees. They expect the employees to figure out what to do and how to do it. Yes, certain coaching and training is provided but spoon feeding is something employers are not willing to do. Employers provide a service. To employers, it does not make financial sense to provide extensive training and assistance in professional development. They expect millennials to put in the time and money to develop their skills and be job ready.
- Anti-work Attitude
Millennials as a generation have a very short attention span. They are interested in and try to pursue too many things. Well, it is not bad but it does not go well at the workplace. In order to pursue their external interests, millennials tend to work only bare minimum required. They are reluctant to put in extra hours, and expect flexibility with respect to work schedule and load. Employers view this attitude of being demanding with respect to the way they work as disrespectful. This is one of the main reasons why employers fire millennials. Employers do not appreciate this attitude. When they come across employees with such attitude, they waste no time in firing them and finding employees who are willing to work as needed.
- Millennials Are Responsible For Their Happiness And Not Employers
Millennials emphasize a lot on having fun at work. They do not just see work as a source of income, but also want to have a good time while earning money. They expect employers to flood them with benefits and perks apart from career development initiatives. They want work to be rewarding not only in terms of money, but also in terms of fun and emotional fulfillment. In-house parties, meal vouchers and gym memberships are some perks that millennials expect at the workplace. Many employers do offer many benefits and perks, but they are not very happy doing it. They are struggling to play catch up with millennials. Millennials constantly expect new stuff, and show dissatisfaction and disappointment within a short time of joining.
This is not a good sign, and the onus is on the millennials to make minor changes that make them better employees. If millennials expect perks and benefits, they also must be willing to go the extra mile for the business. They must remember that employers are not willing to pay for bad attitude even if you are extremely talented.
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