There are so many dumb myths about millennials floating around today that it's getting hard to separate the truth from the lies. Are millennials entitled or aren't they? Are millennials job hoppers or not? Are millennials really all that aimless, or is that just a figment of someone's imagination?
It seems that everyone thinks they are an expert in millennial behavior, but the reality is that what we read and hear about them in the popular media is largely myth.
The Center for Talent Innovation recently took a close look at all the evidence, and their work reveals a picture of millennial behavior that is vastly different from what we have been led to believe.
Here are some of the most ridiculous myths about millennials, and the real truth behind them.
Dumb Myth #1: Millennials are job hoppers
According to the Center for Talent Innovation, 99% of human resources professionals believe that millennials are a "flighty bunch"--that is, that they constantly have one foot out the door looking for their next job opportunity. The reality, however, is that only 9% of millennials are a flight risk--these happen to be the ones who are defined as "financially privileged." 91% of millennials are happy right where they are.
Dumb Myth #2: Millennials are aimless
I'm not sure how this particularly dumb myth got hung onto millennials, because most of the millennials I know (including my own kids) know exactly where they want to go in life and work. In fact, fully 71% of millennials say that achieving their goals is an important part of their own meaning and purpose. However, most companies have a lot of work to do in this department. Only 23% of millennials report that they have both rewarding relationships and challenge at work.
Dumb Myth #3: Millennials are money-hungry
Wrong again. 82% of millennials surveyed that financial security is what really drives them, not money or titles. In fact, only 19% of millennials say that they aspire to have a powerful position with a prestigious title.
Dumb Myth #4: Millennials are fame-seekers
The media seems to think that because millennials are so attached to social media, they must be spending a lot of time trying to show off to their friends. In reality, 68% of millennials reported that making their families proud of them is an important aspect of recognition at work--not fame or fortune, or showing off.
Dumb Myth #5: Millennials are know-it-alls
In reality, a clear majority of millennials--64%--say that an important part of the relationships they form with others is learning from people who have expertise they do not. Not only that, but 73% of millennials report that learning new professional skills is an important aspect of their intellectual growth.
So, the next time someone tells you yet one more dumb myth about millennials, tell them to check their facts first.