"A stereotype may be positive or negative, but even if it is positive it presents two problems: they are cliches and they present a human being as far more simple and uniform that human beings actually are."
LAZY - ENTITLED - KNOW IT ALL - DISLOYAL - SELF CENTERED - BRAINWASHED - WORTHLESS - DANGEROUS
Born between 1980 and 1996, Millennials are a huge part of the working class, yet the stereotypes that label them, while fun to parley, are harming more than just the individuals they are directed at, they are harming public safety departments. As department recruitment numbers begin to fall, it is easy to blame it on this group of "lazy, self centered" Millennials who have no respect for the job, who don't want to work because their parents pay for everything they want, and are too picky to apply. While there is truth to every stereotype, most Millennials are misunderstood. There is no need to fear or degrade this generation...
Millennials can be the most innovative, compassionate, hard working employees your agency will ever hire. With a better awareness of how this group of workers operates, an agency can create an extremely attractive job that will have applicants pounding down the doors.
Give this group a chance...consider our in-depth assessment that will assist your agency in attracting and KEEPING these rockstar employees.
Culture Shock is also actively studying the next group, labeled Generation Z, born between 1996 and 2004. They make up 24% of US population and will be entering the professional workforce in a few short years. Like Millennials, they will require adaptation and reevaluation of methods.
Check out our blog, Millennials on Fire.
I'm a millennial, how can you help me?
We at CultureShock are committed to improving the lives and careers of everyone in public safety. We offer a professional development series specifically designed to assist Millennials & Generation Z (and other candidates) with getting hired, getting through probation, improving your skills and customer service, facing conflict, and leaving your mark in public safety. This program will include access to our public safety guide and one-on-one personal coaching by industry professionals. Check out our coaching page for more info!