Like every new generation that enters (and usually disrupts) the existing workforce, those born in the 1980s and 1990s, are tending to get a bad rap. On more than several occasions, I hear from colleagues and HR professionals how this “new generation” is lazy, narcissistic, entitled and utterly unprepared for what lies ahead of them in the workplace. I’ll be the first to admit, that there have been a few young professionals that we have hired in the past two years which we have found to be challenging and difficult to motivate. However, the more I watch our team manage this younger talent, the more I am learning that truthfully, they are vibrant, intelligent, creative, and passionate to the core. Anyone in the business arena knows that you often have to move some coal to find the diamond. Therefore, the quicker we learn to understand them and what drives their passion, the better off we will be.
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