We've all heard the long spiel about Millennials. They're supposed to be lazy, self-absorbed, and apathetic. They don't appreciate the generations that have come before them. They are, essentially, selfie-taking and unmotivated individuals--ones who would rather put themselves before everyone else.

What they don't know about Millennials, however, is that that they are incredibly driven. They're not necessarily motivated by career advancement or monetary gains, but rather by "personal values and aspirations," a study by Bentley University reports.

Millennials have a different set of goals. We just have to keep in mind that they're not the same as those of the previous generation, as we learn how to make those goals work in an office setting.

Creativity is key when it comes to pleasing Millennials. They love having their minds stimulated with problems to solve, pieces to design, and routes to plan. Confronting a challenge and being forced to rise above it takes a certain amount of innovation.

Consulting firms are on the rise; design is the new big extracurricular. Being paid to solve problems has never appealed so much to a generation before this one. We should take advantage of it.

In addition, Millennials do not tolerate injustice in the workplace. In a culture that permits--if not encourages--social justice work, many of the rising generation do not find it difficult to speak out if something bothers them. They don't want to keep quiet if they feel themselves subjected to discrimination in any form.

The ability to stand up courageously to those who you feel do not treat you fairly is a skill that many employees in corporate America lack. Millennials are members of an upcoming work force that isn't afraid to demand fair and equal rights--and they'll be all the better off for it.

Although there has been widespread criticism about the work ethic of these so-called Millennials, we should not discount that there have been a great number of benefits that accompany them as well. People care about maintaining "green" corporations, distributing fair pay--the list could go on.

Next time, think before you criticize a Millennial in the workplace. You might find that you are wrong.

Published on: Sep 18, 2015