Millennials in the Workplace

      People who were born from 1984 to today are considered millennials. We are accused of being, " Entitled, narcissistic, self-interested, unfocused, and lazy." The man behind those acquisitions is a man named Simon Sinek. Sinek is a British/American author, motivational speaker, and marketing consultant. He spoke on his views on millennials and the problems of the new generation in a fifteen-minute talk/speech on an episode of Inside Quest. His short speech spoke to me personally and pointed out many solid points and problems which need to be addressed in our generation.
      Sinek's first point put the blame for the issues with millennials on flawed parenting strategies. He claimed that parents tell their children that they can be anything that they want to be in life, for the sole reason that they want it. He explains how parents overly express to their children how special they are. Sinek speaks on the absurdity behind participation metals and the detrimental effect that these metals and other easy way out rewards have on our young. The constant rewards imprison motivation and give a false sense of success. He explains how once children are placed into the real world their ideas of how special they are, and that everything in life is for the taking are thrown out the window once placed into a corporate environment. Once they receive a reality check, it shatters their self-image,  they are left with unbelievably high rates of low self-esteem in their generation.
      In the last decade cell phones have gone from a useful aid to the center of all life as we know it. Information travels from one corner of the earth to the other instantly. With the instantaneous flow of information comes instant solutions to problems. From simple google searches to learn an unknown subject to a one swipe purchase on amazon; Everything is more simple and convenient than ever, and the levels of absurd convenience will continue to escalate. Growing up in this era of instant gratification has left our generation with the inability to problem solve. We are left with little to no patience due to lack of practice waiting. Going into our corporate and professional lives we are left vulnerable to having the inability to reach true fulfillment in our careers/lives due to the fact that we cannot wait, we give up if something does not present results after a short period of time. The things which grant fulfillment and happiness in life are arduous and long journeys, such as success in the workplace, and relationships. We have to be careful because the new world is dulling our tools to achieve the things that really matter. 

-Jake Blanchfield


Jake Blanchfield