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Millennials are not necessarily better, but different!

March 1st, 2018

Step back into your childhood. Did you live in a “Cleaver Family” or were you a “latchkey kid”?

The Baby Boomer generation, born between 1946 and 1964, worked long hours, but understood the values they instilled in their children. They fought for equal rights and opportunities and were extremely loyal to family; as shown by the Cleaver Family on the Leave It to Beaver television sitcom.

Children of Generation X, born between 1965 and 1980, faced a time when households had dual incomes, they returned from school to an empty house, and society was less focused on them and more focused on adults.

Have you ever stopped and looked at your children or grandchildren and thought how much easier their lives seem?

At first glance, it seems that Millennials, people born after 1980, have it all figured out. There is a common belief that because of technology, millennials can work flexible hours and should be evaluated on work product – not how, when or where they got it done.

Is this way of working truly a better way, or just a different challenge?

Millennials might be the brainiest, best-educated generation yet. However, four-in-ten Millennials aged 18 to 29 currently have student loan debt and are getting hit hard by depression. One in five young workers has experienced on-the-job depression, compared to only 16 percent of Generation X’ers and Baby Boomers. They are growing in a world of “information urgency” with little patience, experiencing the “high tech and low touch” phenomenon.

Generations might approach situations differently, however no matter what generation you are from, all people want to be heard, crave feedback and want to make a difference.

Let your AgeEsteem shine and realize that no matter how easy things seem to the next generation, every person is walking around with a sign around their neck saying, “Make me feel important!”

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