Most Common Reasons why Talented Millennials Lose Their Jobs
As the start-up culture continues to boom, one would expect these young businesses to be powered by millennials. However, a shocking recent trend has challenged this notion. Businesses are increasingly firing the millennials.
Although it is true that many businesses downsize overtime, and it is usually those at the very bottom who get cut, this is not what is happening with the millennials. They are getting fired because of other very surprising reasons, and it is important to look at some of them to really understand the situation.
They Lack Vision
According to Josh Steimle, who is the CEO of marketing company MWI, millennials lack vision to see the bigger picture with the tasks they are given. They also lack empathy, which disables them from seeing the company from the employer’s perspective.
This disconnect in vision develops a gap between the employee and the employer, which makes long-term work meaningless and boring for these young employees. After all, a business is like a machine where all the cogs must align for the machine to run. Sadly, millennials fail to fit in…
A lot of experts believe millennials lack the necessary face-to-face communication skills to perform well at the workplace. It is no secret that effective communication is key to perform well at the job. This makes them less desirable by employers, who rather go for older employees with good communication skills.
They are Depressed
Research has shown that millennials are the most depressed generation among all the previous ones, with over 30% recent college graduates exhibiting signs of depression. Now, in most cases, one requirement of a job is that it starts between 8 or 9am, which is a difficult routine to fulfill for those who are suffering from depression.
Depression takes away motivation from people to do anything that they remotely don’t want to do, such as office work which can often become stressful. A boss with little awareness about mental health issues can easily misread depression as laziness, and mistakenly fire the employee for below average performance.
They Require Independence
Millennials require more independence than the workers of previous generation, according to the CMO of the company ShipChain, Brian Evans. Since the age of technology allows for greater independence, millennials, having grown in this age, work the same way.
They usually expect to only have a PC and a set of goals which the boss wants them to achieve. Any kind of micromanagement is opposed, and causes dissatisfaction at the workplace for these young workers. That is why many companies are moving towards giving employees more control over their work, which is not only cost effective, but also an efficient way to manage employees.
They are Not Afraid of Getting Fired
The past generation was the work-till-retirement kind of workforce which stuck to a company regardless of whatever came about. The focus was on building careers, on reaching the top of the corporate hierarchy. Not anymore. Millennials don’t have such ambitions, and are more focused on what they are doing now than what they want to do in a few years. This makes it difficult for them to stick around in a company for long, as their role becomes monotonous and they feel increasingly bored with it.
They also start viewing other roles as more attractive options, either because of better pay or because of a different job description. Regardless of the reason, millennials are job hoppers and don’t fear losing their job. This makes them individualistic, which creates discord between them and the company. Hence, the companies are now letting them go.
They Exhibit Inappropriate Behavior
A lot of millennials are getting fired because they are misogynistic and show disrespect to their superiors. Millennials are not aware of the professional distance which employees must maintain between each other and with their employer, which creates problems at the workplace. While the previous generation was good at creating separation between their personal and professional lives, millennials are not very good at creating that balance.
They Avoid Accountability
One core issue that millennials have is the aversion to accepting their own fault if something goes wrong. They would rather create excuses or throw the blame at someone else instead of accepting their own fault and asking for guidance. Unfortunately, most millennial careers end because of this characteristic flaw…
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