I recently wrote about how 20-somethings are viewed as lazy in the workforce and how I disagreed with that view. Here is a great illustration of that stereotype (and everyone knows how much I love cartoons dealing with youth employment/unemployment).
Now, I’ve found an article that has research to back up my view of the 20-something worker.
Millennial workers (or Generation Y), who have often been depicted as a unique and hard-to-manage generation, have the same attitudes as previous generations at the same stages of their life, according to Kenexa.Kenexa’s study reveals that in 2009, 31% of 27-year-old millennials were considering leaving their organisation. But nearly two decades earlier, in 1990, 31% of 27-year-olds (now Generation X) were also considering leaving.
A further 42% of Gen Y say they are paid fairly, compared to 41% of baby boomers and 38% of Generation X. The research finds that millennials are also more satisfied with their organisation as a place to work and with the opportunities they have for growth and development, compared to their older colleagues. They are also more positive about the recognition they personally receive and more satisfied with the job security provided by their organisation.
I know there are horror stories about lazy 20-somethings who are whiny and lazy and I have to say I know a few of those myself. However, this research proves that the average Gen Y worker is very similar to 20-something workers in previous generations.There were also plenty of whiny and lazy workers in previous generations.
I’m not sure how we 20-somethings got such a bad rap. Apparently, it’s because we were spoiled growing up in a great economy. However, we lived through Sept. 11th and the subsequent war on terror. Now, our economy has tanked and we are facing the highest debt our country has ever faced.
My generation is going to have to pay for all of this. Please give us a chance to start doing that.
The young people I have worked around recently are highly motivated, energetic and excited to be employed in general. They don’t take anything for granted unlike some of seasoned professionals I have observed who seem to feel they can just rest on their laurels.
I think that employers should re-evaluate their opinions of us unemployed 20-somethings and take a chance on us! I have a feeling that you won’t be dissapointed.