Millennials, the name that runs a cold sweat on employers. Millennials by definition are the demographic cohort born between the early 1980s to 2000s, also known as generation Y. The generation is generally marked by an increased use and familiarity with communications, media, and digital technologies.
Millennials have been in the limelight for so many wrong reasons from mobile dependency to work culture. Despite all that has been said about Millennials, there are a number of things one can learn from them, especially in terms of work ethics.
5 work ethics you should be learning from millennials.
1.The work-life blend works
Millennials have the boldness in emphasizing that work-life balance is achievable. They believe that they should spend time with family, friends, indulge in hobbies and accomplish their work obligations. Although disturbing, they’re absolutely right!
Muthoni Ndegwa, Recruitment manager at Corporate Staffing adds, “Workaholics are almost less innovative, efficient or productive compared to employees who work for eight to ten hours”. Millennial has picked this up and running by being so flexible, which allows them to work harder and achieve more. Their argument of being able to work out of the office “brick & Mortal” and being able to work from home “virtual” holds some truth to it on its productivity.
2.Travelling is good for you
Millennials have brought a new twist to the old school ‘work martyrs’ who don’t go for leave all year round all in the name of being paid for the leave days. The number of leave days a company offers to its employees is among the top considerations for millennials before signing the papers.
“The number of times millennials ask me in an interview, the number of annual leave days they are entitled to the position they are applying are uncountable”, says Muthoni. They take 80% of their leave days to go for road trips to Mombasa, Dar-es-Salaam, Kigali or other parts of the world for global experiences.
Travelling allows one to relax, forget the office stress, get inspiration from cultural interactions as well as build confidence. “To them that break to travel is more important than being all grumpy for a paycheck at the end of the year” adds Muthoni.
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