They multitask. talk. walk. listen. talk. text. The “Millennials” are coming.
While watching a presentation a few weeks ago, a friend of mine integrated part of this 60 minutes special on "Millennials" (aka us). I laughed so hard that I started to cry. It's hilarious. And maybe a little disturbing. I would embed the video file but I've been having some issues with it... so check it out via YouTube here. and continue with part 2.
How can you not laugh when someone seriously says, "They are enormously clever and resourceful. Some of the others are absolutely incorrigible. It's their way or the highway. The rest of us are old, redundant, should be retired. How dare we come in, anyone over 30. Not only can't be trusted, can't be counted upon to be, sort of, coherent."
Or what about this, "They were raised by doting parents who told them they are special, played in little leagues with no winners or losers, or all winners. They are laden with trophies just for participating and they think your business-as-usual ethic is for the birds. And if you persist in the belief you can, take your job and shove it."
I do admit, I've watched it a few times, but I just find it incredible that our generation is looked at in this way because we love to multitask and text message. Technophobes drive me nuts. But at the same time, it brings up a few good points- that companies need to adapt to new generations coming through. And that we need to be flexible too. It also proves that you need to find a culture that matches your personality- somewhere that you will fit in.
It reminds me of that time when my dad got my text messaging bill and brought it to the golf course to tell his buddies and simply said to me, "just stop that text messaging business."
I respectfully declined.