The younger generation takes all the heat!  At least it was that way when I was coming up.  (Okay, okay, at least maybe it just felt that way!)

Well, I submit to you the younger generation is doing a lot of things right.  Millennials are much more realistic about the nature of the work world today in this sense: They understand their lifelong career will not likely be synonymous with just one company.  To that end, they are becoming very good at readying themselves in diverse ways to be able to jump from one project to another, one association to another, one team to another, all in the interest of keeping themselves gainfully employed and using their skills to make a contribution to something larger than themselves.

Larissa Faw, a Millennial herself, happens to agree with me.  In one of her recent articles for Forbes she affirms about the Millennials, “their priorities are on their own skill set, and not on their employer.”  Increasing numbers of Millennials are managing startups and side businesses partly for their own fulfillment and partly for economic security.  While some companies will see this trend in a negative light, Faw emphasizes smart companies will view it as a powerful opportunity for everyone.  She references Ross Martin from Viacom who buttresses her point that when the employee benefits from his or her side business, the employer can benefit too:

“Ultimately, all employers need to realize that side hustles–be they profitable or nonmonetary hobbies–are advantageous.  [Martin explains] ‘If I am in the t-shirt business and find out one of my employees has a successful blog, I need to say to myself, can we learn from what he is doing?  How can we take what he is doing and do it here?’”

As with so many trends in our business world, why do the Millennials have all the fun?  If every employee would take a fresh look at all the opportunities, both on and off the job, then perhaps we could see one of the greatest business enrichment trends this nation has ever known.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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