Click heAlways bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.
I remember the first time that I heard this quote. It was in middle school and I was reading a biography sketch about Mr. Lincoln. The sketch was talking about Lincolns best qualities. Among these were many that I craved to achieve myself.
-acceptance of differing viewpoints
-relaxation for the purpose of replenishing
-Ability to communicate goals and visions
These and more made Lincoln a great leader! Now Lincoln was 51 years old when he was elected which means he had several years to learn how to present all this. He worked hard to be taken serious, have his views validated and his visions come to fruition.
As a young professional in the millennial generation, I am often contributed to the stereotypes that plague my generation.
But what would happen if employers actually understood who the serious Millennials were and what made them tick? Would companies and organizations work more efficiently?
Millennials want to feel like they are a part of building something. We want to know the purpose behind the project and the impact it will have on the future. Most of them truly do not dislike hard work. Often times though, employers do not treat them as if they are able to handle it. We are told what to do rather than given the opportunity to engage in the conversations about why. Employers could see more buy-in to their brand or mission if they are willing to collaborate with the younger generation in conversations. Offer us the opportunity to be in committees, think tanks, lead or create a training.
We crave to be fully used in our jobs.
One of my biggest frustrations is that I often do not feel as if my skills are being fully used. I am a quick learner and mover. It does not take me very long to get projects done. While I may not always be accurate 100% of the time, I produce more by 10a than others do by 5p. While I strive to be more accurate in my logistics, I will always be a fast-paced person. Therefore, I grow weary by the extra energy i have that is not needed for current tasks. Employers that recognize and harness this energy have the ability to teach new skills or create new passions in their employees.
We desire transparency; personal responsibility.
I tend to desire a lot out of my workplace. Integrity, mission focused self-starters. Above all, I desire creativity and responsibility. This can often be lost in the monotony of the day-to-day task lists. We can become so rooted in the "must do's" and forget about the "will do's". The authentic organization does not look to just meet the bottom line. People are not numbers on a scale to them, they are opportunities to mentor, guide and hold accountable. As a nonprofit employee, I have a set of standards I apply when working with employees. I expect situations to be approached with clarity, deadlines to be met and opinions to be valued, but tested.
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