The Millennial Myth
Transforming Misunderstanding into Workplace Breakthroughs
From new hires to top executives, the word " Millennial" elicits frustration and ample eye-rolling. Millennials have been called lazy, entitled, and even " the worst generation." But Crystal Kadakia, a Millennial herself as well as an organizational development consultant and two-time TEDx speaker, says these stereotypes reflect an outdated corporate workplace model that fails to attract, engage, and retain modern talent. She argues that reframing these stereotypes is the key to making the right changes for an effective workplace for generations to come.
Kadakia emphasizes that much of Millennial behavior comes from being the first to grow up in a digital world. Understanding Millennials isn't simply about embracing diversity; it's about integrating today's digitally enabled behavior into the fabric of your company culture. It's about ensuring your company has a place in the future.
The Millennial Myth transforms five Millennial stereotypes that they're lazy, entitled, feedback-addicted, disloyal, and disrespectful into modern workplace practices for leaders and managers. For example, Millennials appear not to respect authority because they approach everyone like a friend, disregarding traditional hierarchical etiquette. But Kadakia points out they're accustomed to interacting in the egalitarian anonymity of the Internet, where all that matters is contribution. What seems like a negative is actually a positive: imagine how organizations could benefit by embracing perspectives no longer limited by hierarchy!
Each chapter features examples of how workplaces are positioning themselves for the future, a self-assessment so you can determine how modern your own organizational culture is, a list of actions you can take in ten minutes or less to update your workplace, and access to an online resource bank. The Millennial Myth is your insider's guide to go from complaining about Millennials to creating an engaging and sustainable place to work!
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