While it may seem that every millennial should be reaping the rewards of an economic climate yearning for fresh ideas, another article written by Scott Wooldridge for BenefitsPRO appears to tell a different tale. Wooldridge claims, “[…]persistent myths and stereotypes about millennials are dampening the appetite for hiring younger people.” He goes on to say that many companies fear a high turnover rate among new hires. Employers find millennials to be fickle, always looking for a more interesting job or higher paycheck. Few companies want to invest time and money in someone that has the potential to leave without a second thought when something better comes along. This stereotype can really scare hiring managers and discredit a lot of good people looking for work who just happen to be millennials.
Wooldridge attributes the “millennial attitude” to youth, not a generation. In fact, he claims that these same fears seem to crop up with each new generation of workers. The reality is that young people fresh out of college often do take a couple years to figure out what they want, regardless of their generation. They have been thrust out into the real world after spending four years surrounded by a community of peers with the same knowledge, expectations, and life experience that they have. It is a wake-up call. In the midst of the confusion and fear, they must hope there is a company out there who throws them a lifeline and gives them the opportunity to grow into an independent, self-reliant, fully-functioning adult with a stable job. With this growth also comes a greater sense of comfort with their place in society and with the company. Sometimes, this is the point where a new employee will choose to venture out to explore new opportunities. Employers are encouraged not to fear hiring millennials, but to simply give them time to grow up and into a position. After that, they will soon settle in just like everyone else.