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Stop the Millennial Bashing – Generations Have More in Common Than You Think

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A recent job ad from a British theater company went viral after it took a rather aggressive approach to addressing Millennial job candidates. The condescending ad scolded Millennials for being lazy, unable to multitask and essentially unfit for the role before they even had a chance to apply for it.

In one especially defensive passage, the Tea House Theatre describes its upcoming “major projects” and recent influx of funding. In all seriousness, it sounds like the company is full of opportunity.

But Millennial or not, who wants to work for a company like that?

The Tea House Theatre isn’t unique. Unfortunately, bashing the work ethic of Millennials has become common in many workplaces. But all generations are saddled with (good and bad) stereotypes about their work ethics. A study from The American Psychological Association outlined some of the defining work characteristics for Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. Here’s what they found:

Baby Boomers

  • Optimistic
  • Teamwork and cooperation
  • Ambitious
  • Workaholic

Generation X

  • Skeptical
  • Self-reliant
  • Risk-taking
  • Balances work and personal life

Millennials

  • Hopeful
  • Meaningful work
  • Diversity and change valued
  • Technology savvy

The optimism typical of Baby Boomers sounds pretty similar to the hopefulness of Millennials, right? And couldn’t the risk-taking associated with Generation X could easily be interchangeable with Millennials? The truth is that every generation in the workplace is associated with some unfortunate stereotypes. Today’s multigenerational workforce requires that organizations to embrace these differences and create a culture where groups aren’t pitted against one another.

Has your organization embraced generational differences and used them to your advantage? If so, what advice would you give other companies that might be struggling with a multi-generational workforce and adapting to each one’s needs?