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Dreamy Millennial Generations Affecting Modern Workplace

Posted on February 25, 2016 in Articles


As many may remember, during the 80s, when we compare it to the present time, there were a lot that was insufficient. Technology was insufficient. Jobs were insufficient. Money was insufficient. The thing that was always more than sufficient was problems. Most work was done through physical hard copies. During the 80s, this was a period of ind ustrialization for the country. Finding for a graduate with a degree was many times harder to find than it is today. There were more blue-collar jobs than the white-collar jobs. The common people’s mentality was to just get a job rather than pick a job. As we fast forward from the 80s era to the post millennial times, so much has changed. Technology has become a centrepiece in most of the businesses. Graduates were to be found almost at every corner. Possessing a degree was no more an achievement but rather a necessity for employment. More and more successful young entrepreneurs have emerged as role models for young Malaysians. The few famous people are such as Steve Jobs (Started Apple Inc.), Mark Zuckerberg (Started Facebook), Jack Ma (Started Alibaba.Com), and much more. Every now and then we would see people share stories about these successful people and how they have achieved their success with little to begin with.
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The successful stories of great and young entrepreneurs have been a vibe in the millennial generations. At its early stage, it has created a great motivation for entrepreneurs to pursue success at a young age or at impossible conditions. However, as the success stories begin to multiply, it has slowly became a dampening delusion to the young fresh graduates so much so that it begins to damage their career, which ultimately affects their future. Are success stories the main cause to their failures? Definitely not. The moment successful stories becomes a stumbling block is when the reader fail to fully grasp the entire process of achieving success. Unfortunately, most readers are the millennial generation people. These readers share among themselves viral online posts about famous dropouts from college who eventually became successful entrepreneurs. Similarly, there are famous stories about people who failed in their 20s and became successful during their mid-life. These stories are meant to motivate people to not give up regardless of the situations. To a certain extent, most of the millennial generations have taken up the stories as role models to follow. Unfortunately, they set their eyes too firm on the ends that they could not justify the means. In other words, these types of people have set eyes on a shortcut to success through entrepreneurship. The modern millennial generations have forgotten that in each successful story, the stories involved challenges, hardships, betrayals, and even bankruptcy. They have forego the fact that in each successful story, how vital was it to be persistent in work, humble in knowledge, and ever-lasting in effort.
 
It is unfair to classify the entire generation as people of such. But it is evident that the majority of them are as such. There are minorities that are born with talents and utilize their talents to much profitable use. For example, Mark Zuckerberg began programming and sold his programme to Microsoft at a young age. There are also some that are as every average person but becomes outstanding through hard work and dedication. We see Steve Jobs consistently and dedicatedly attending multiple classes. We also hear of Jack Ma finding every source of help to enable his online sales portal. Truly, these people are talented or rather, build their own talents. They possess what the average people do not and hence they are capable of achieving what the average could not. The alarming fact is not the growth of such mentioned talents, but the growth in number of people that are doing lesser than the average group of people. Hence, such group of people are nowhere near ‘talented’, but they are not even on par with the average people. One of the reasons for such occurrence is overly ambitious assumption of themselves to be considered as talents when they are yet still doing what the average are doing.

When we compare the history of the successful people with their successes, we can conclude it did not come as a shortcut. It came with hard work, trials, humility, and persistency. They all understood success also requires in-depth self – reflection on their capabilities, their strengths and their weaknesses. They were practical. On the contrary, when the millennial generation sees the successes as an entrepreneur, they demand for something beyond their own capabilities. Believing they can achieve more or as good as the success stories they read of, they begin to demand much more than they deserve. On top of that, their dedication to work or their employer becomes limited.  Rather than being ambitious, the millennial generation becomes impractical. They begin demanding higher salaries without justification, wanted promotions without proper merits, and unacceptable work results.

It is important the millennial generation stay imaginative. However, it is much more important for these generations of people to also keep an ounce of practicality. In other words, the proper foundations are so important but yet being overlooked. Younger generation of employees needs proper education not only on their work, but more importantly on their future. They need to understand that the new pastures they seek may not be greener pastures. Instead of putting so much focus on work competency, there must be sufficient focus on the employee mentality too. In the modern working environment, employees can no longer be groomed in an employer benefitting environment. The modern liberalisation requires a growth that involves mutual benefitting for the employee and employer. With the proper foundations, then only shall the workforce see more quality employees from the millennial generation. The old workforces are not immortals and require successors. In fact they would require the millennial generations to inject fresh new ideas to replace old worn out methods. However, the future generation requires the proper mind-set. The type of mentality; that there are no shortcuts to successes. Successes can be guided, but not gifted. It is something that requires a foundation that is imaginative yet practical, an ever - learning spirit, and a bottomless dedication to their work, whether as an employee or as an employer.

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