Why We Should Give Generation Y A Chance When Hiring

We’ve heard the complaints about millennials being immature and lazy, but according to Entrepreneur.com the members of Generation Y might be the best potential hires. In the workplace, recent graduates in their 20s are believed to be entitled. In this economy, If they are lucky enough not to move back in with their parents right after graduation, then they might enter the workforce believing that they deserve promotions and recognition for doing minimal tasks. Employers also assume all twenty somethings are obsessed with their computers and cellphones and that they move from one job to the next best thing. All of these biases make Generation Y appear to be flaky and uncommitted to working in one place long term.  Millennials are thought to not be team players but narcissistic individuals with their own motives in mind.

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Do we underestimate twenty somethings when hiring?

There are upsides and downsides to every generation, so employers should not automatically assume every generation Y member is egoistic or lazy. Let’s examine a few of the positives and negatives of hiring a twenty something college graduate:

Their Social Media Obsession. Generation Y might be pegged for being a bunch of narcissists purely because of the their overwhelming social media presences on the internet. But these twenty somethings know how to use social media to their advantage and most likely have used their profiles in creative and innovative ways. They know how to get the attention of an audience and use creative methods to do so.

Their Open-Minded Personalities.  Managers from Generation Y are mostly individuals who don’t choose team members based on race, sexual orientation or gender. Most are more open-minded compared to members of earlier generations.

Their Self Sufficiency. Arguably, sometimes twenty somethings deserve criticism for immediately moving home to mom and dads after college or depending on their parents long after they have graduated. In the workplace, Generation Y members often crave feedback and positive comments from their superiors, but they also seem to be incredibly self sufficient when it comes to technology and fixing problems on their own.

Twenty somethings add more to the workplace environment than what is expected from them. Hiring young graduates will add creativity to the projects and tasks, but employees may need to push them to be better team players.