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Stop Complaining, Hire Millennials

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Hire the Millennials and Quit Complaining

Workplace shift to Millennial workers is a positive thing

There is nothing wrong with hiring Millennials. There, I said it! Unfortunately, a lot of people may disagree with me.

So why do Millennials get a bad wrap? Let’s be honest, can you ever remember a time when managers responsible for hiring new people entering the workforce were really excited about the younger generation? I don’t. One of my first jobs was at a hotdog stand in high school. The managers never ceased to find things we were doing wrong. Like most new young workers, I eventually got the hang of it, but then I was singled out and labeled an unprofitable employee. I didn’t even know what that meant. They complained that the amount of food I was eating on my 10 minute breaks was costing them more than what they were paying me to work an entire shift. The writing was on the wall, the hotdog stand and I had become incompatible. I went out of fast- food as fast as I came in. On the drive home the 8-track in my VW was playing “Shooting Star” by Bad Company and it all made sense.

As a company, we assist our clients by teaching them the right way to hire the right person for the right position every time (Hire Smart). The problem today is that companies will complain about their bad employment experiences and unfortunately, they have never taken the time to learn how to hire correctly. Hiring used to be more of an art. Today, with all the tools at our disposal, it is much easier to attract and bring-on the right people. About 95% of the time businesses just don’t know how to hire the right person for the right job.  Consequently, they are going to complain about it without sharing how incompetent they really are.

Millennials are not the problem today. The problem today is the same problem it has always been: work ethic. It does not matter what age you are. A person’s work ethic is the critical factor in their ability and willingness to learn, adapt, and make an impact in their job. A work ethic resembles the sizes in clothing; you  will find  people with small, medium, and large work ethics in all ages and generations.  We advise and guide a larger volume of hiring then most organizations and we are an excellent gauge of behavior. All generations have their unique peculiarities and Millennials are no different. They have their own unique differences; however, from a hiring standpoint, if you focus is on examining their work ethic first, you will have a much easier time finding the right people from any generation. Plenty of Millennials can stand up just as well as any other generation.

John Blakeney


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