A recent Gallup poll found that 60% of millennials are open to a new job opportunity, making them the generation most likely to switch jobs. People have been quick to criticize this rampant job-hopping in the past, but there's something to be said for this increasingly popular pattern.

The reality is that millennials do one thing that members of other generations often fail to do. It's what motivates them to turn down a seemingly perfect offer and constantly question whether they're in the right role. It keeps them curious and aware of what they're doing in their current job and what they want to be doing in future ones.

So what are they doing, exactly? They're refusing to settle. And yes, that's a good thing.

Before you dismiss an entire generation of creative and self-motivated people as entitled, think about all the reasons this sets them up for success.

For starters, more people could learn from this refusal to settle. After all, how many workplace environments could be improved if everyone was in the role that was right for them? There would certainly be fewer HR headaches, including lower turnover rates. Employees would likely be more engaged in their jobs - and happy about doing their work - if they committed to finding the roles that were best for them. In this case, millennials are stacking the odds in their favor.

Second, by refusing to settle, they're actively positioning themselves for jobs that are a good fit. That same Gallup poll found millennials are the ones who are most willing to act on better opportunities. This means they're often flexible employees who take initiative, which is valuable in a world that changes as quickly as ours does. Careers are long, and being able to adapt to different companies, roles, and work environments is only going to serve them well in the future.

Finally, job-hopping doesn't necessarily mean someone can't hold down a job or is having some sort of career crisis. By constantly searching for breakthroughs, millennials are minimizing the chance of having a breakdown later in their careers. They're paying attention to and acting on what they want, and they're setting themselves up for long-term career success because of it.

Look at your job and where you want to be. Are you doing the work that will get you there? If not, it might be time to learn from millennials and go after what you want.

Published on: Apr 3, 2017
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