Menanteau Serfontein – 26 November 2021
Millennials (also referred to as Gen Y) were born between 1981 and 1996.
There appears to be differences between one generation and another in respect of beliefs, views, values, politics, preferences, behaviours, etc which are referred to as a “generational gap”. While some strongly agree with the perceived differences, others believe that these differences are exaggerated. (Read Article on the Website entitled “Generations”)
My personal view is that there are often discernible differences between the predominant characteristics of a significant proportion of the respective generations. However, based on personal experience and observation, I believe that there is a big danger in generalisations which can result in an unfounded assumption that every member of a given generation has the same characteristics. There are numerous examples of members of a given generation who have beliefs, views, and behaviours that are not aligned with the predominant characteristics of a significant proportion of the generation concerned.
We should view and deal with people from the different generations as individuals with unique personalities, strengths, weaknesses, needs, preferences, opinions and values, i.e. we should avoid perceiving people with stereotyped and biased views and assumptions based on their age, generation, race, gender, etc.
Millennials are a significant part of today’s society and workforce and it is essential to understand the typical/predominant characteristics of this generation, the key events that shaped them, how to relate to the millennials, how to assist them and how to manage them in the workplace.
Simon Sinek brilliantly deals with all these questions in a YouTube Video which is referred to as “The Speech That Broke The Internet”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEEyojZ_Hdo
(Also Read Relevant Articles on the Website entitled “Sacrifice Today for Something Better Tomorrow – Delayed Gratification” and “Managing Digital Media and Devices”)
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