Millennials are lazy, entitled and get more done on Facebook than at work. Baby Boomers are old, set in their ways and wouldn’t know how to use all this new technology even if they wanted to. Today, this generational odd couple works side by side in almost equal numbers now. No wonder we never get any work done.
Of course, these examples are just stereotypes. But is there any truth to them? Nonprofit IT trade association CompTIA recently examined workplace tendencies of Millennials and Baby Boomers to find the truth about workplace behaviors, and how employers can best cater to the groups that make up the biggest portion of our workforce.
Stereotype 1: Millennials are lazy, entitled and think they know everything.
Reality: Millennials are far more likely than Boomers to seek out training and career development, to tout their technology proficiency to employers, and to work collaboratively with and learn from tech support. They are quite proactive in developing their own careers and selling their tech skills to employers. They also seek different kinds of training. They are less interested in traditional classroom training and far more interested in e-learning, educational mobile applications, gaming simulations and other non-traditional types of training. Given the horrendous job market they graduated into and the fierce competition with other Millennials, it is no surprise that most don’t view having a good job as a given.
Stereotype 2: Boomers don’t get new tech.
Reality: According to the study, Boomers are just as tech savvy as their Millennial counterparts, but they just don’t think they are. Millennials are far more likely than Boomers to describe their technology use as “cutting edge” or “upper tier.” The other difference seems to be that Boomers learn and use the latest tech out of career necessity, while Millennials see it as a natural part of their lifestyle.