Recently, I attended a seminar on “Managing the Multi-Generational Workforce.” I was excited to learn something new. Instead, I was forced to sit through a millennial-bashing session. The insults we’re inappropriate for the setting (a professional conference), the audience (that was comprised of 22% millennials), and the topic (managing multi-generational coworkers).
I am a millennial.
I communicate eloquently via email or text message. I use complete sentences and punctuation. I have paid my bills on time since I was 16 years old and old enough to work, purchase a car and car insurance. I have a sizable savings account and college-fund for my one year old daughter. I worked full-time during my undergraduate and graduate degrees. I am still working hard to pay for those degrees. I do not post details of my life on social media. I arrive at work early and leave late. I work hard.
I am a manager. I hold a professional certification. I am published. I have a bachelor’s and master’s degree. I am a homeowner. I have a happy and healthy marriage and I do not believe in divorce. I am a loving and strong mother. I am a lifelong learner. I am a reader, an artist, and an American. I am a cultural anthropologist, a traveler, and an author. I am a teacher, a woman, and a leader.
You condemn my generation, but praise the Gen X and Baby Boomer generations who raised us. You condemn my generation, but praise the children, Generation Y, who we are raising.
My core values are discovery, simplicity, integrity, beauty, wisdom, and excellence. I believe in curiosity, tranquility, self-determination, eloquence, authenticity, initiative, and resilience.
I respect your generation. I would appreciate your respect in return.