Time to stop bashing the Millennials

Further to my recent post regarding the results of an American study on the failings of Millennials, it reveals further evidence of a media and other parties obsessed with writing off the current generation.

On a local level, our one and only daily newspaper “The Adelaide Advertiser” reprinted this obviously syndicated piece proclaiming the many deficiencies of the generation. The full page article adding nothing new to the issues that confront us (In my opinion a case of lazy reporting same old, same old).

The constant carping and stereotyping really does a real disservice to the emerging talent of the generation, it seems to be the case that many of us have lost inability to recognise that the world has gone through immense change and the behaviours being played out are the product of a society older generations have been a part of. Add the burgeoning growth of technology and world events, then we might begin to understand how Millennials have adopted an alternative mindset.

At a time when the South Australian economy is in the doldrums and the wider national landscape is going through a transition, it baffles me how we can afford to waste so much energy whining and not committing our time to coming up with ideas to address the problems and differences.

Of course, there are significant issues which have been identified as requiring serious attention such as inter- personal skills and the academic institutions such here in South Australia. Flinders University (Business School) are beginning to recognise that a different approach to learning needs to be applied in order to prepare their students for the outside world in business and life.

A major challenge will be the balancing of innovation and education of life skills that will enable younger people to operate in a completely different world to which some of us have never known.

Coming from an experienced practitioner I can only comment the “over the top” rhetoric expounded by some of the older generation is just that and if they cannot see their way to a more rational view in the next six years to the retirement milestone (2023 Baby Boomers retirement threshold) they are going to experience an angst-filled finale.

The caveat for a major attitude shift is us adopting a more positive and healthy attitude to our children’s attributes than we have today.

Ken Wood

People Specialist

6th July 2017