Originally posted at JBTrainingSolutions.com
Watching our “Sh!t Millennials Say” video, you may laugh and think, “I’ve totally said that before.” You’re not alone! Many Millennials share common tendencies and behaviors, especially at work. At JB Training Solutions, we’re the great defenders of Millennials. We believe that Millennials are not better or worse than any other generation – they’re just different.
Older generations have dubbed Millennials as entitled, tech-savvy, iPhone obsessed, silver spoon fed brats. Of course, these perceptions aren’t entirely true, but there are phrases and behaviors to avoid at work in order to defy the Millennial stereotype.
Here are 10 things a Millennial should never say at work:
1. “I’m bored.” There’s always something you could be doing. Take the initiative to tackle new projects. Don’t wait to be asked to do something. Be innovative and find new projects to work on to make your boss’ life easier.
2. “I think I deserve a promotion.” You don’t deserve a promotion; you need to earn it. If you want a promotion: work hard, show initiative, and go above and beyond the basics of your job.
3. “That’s not fair.” Have you ever heard the expression: “Life isn’t fair”? This is especially true at work. Things will happen that don’t seem fair. Instead of pouting, just focus on doing your job to the best of your ability.
4. “That’s not part of my job description.” Your job description is just a general overview of your job; it doesn’t include every task you will ever have to complete. If your boss asks you to do something, it is part of your job. Consider stretch assignments as an opportunity to grow and learn something new.
5. “I’m not coming in to work that early.” Unlike college, you don’t get to choose your work schedule. Coming in every day on time is an important part of your job and is a reflection of how responsible and dedicated you are. Put in the time it takes to do all of your work, and then some.
6. “Let me check with my manager.” Constantly checking in with your manager and asking them questions may aggravate them and show them that you are not competent to do the job. Remember that at work, it is better to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission. Take initiative and act in accordance to what you think your manager would want you to do.
7. “I’ll just text my boss.” Be mindful of the modes of communication you use to connect with your manager and co-workers. Texting is not always an appropriate method of contacting your boss. Be professional and consider when it is appropriate to call, email, or talk in person.
8. “Of course I’m qualified.” Being President of Student Council or Editor-in-Chief of your school newspaper may have helped you land your job, but don’t expect your college experiences to get you promoted at work. Many managers complain that their Millennial employees see themselves as competent beyond their abilities. To avoid this perception, work on building new credentials for yourself to help you rise to the top.
9. “I need to check my Facebook.” As tempting as it may be, avoid social media at work. If you want to keep your boss happy, focus on your work and wait to check your social media accounts until you are off the clock.
10. “Is it happy hour yet?” Be mindful of how you speak to your employees. In the workplace it is important to behave in an appropriate manner. If you want to be treated as a professional and be well respected, make sure you act accordingly.