It’s that fun time of year in my office, time for annual reviews! If you’re anything like me the thought alone evokes a mix of fearful anxiety and emboldened hope. This is my one shot to learn what my boss really thinks of me and my work — for the next 12 months. Annual reviews are the closest things many of us get to report cards in the workplace.
In the media (as well as in our offices, conferences and other professional settings), it is common to hear complaints about the entitlement of rude Millennials (or Gen Yers) unwilling to pay their dues. A quick search of the Millennial’s encyclopedia — Google — renders such article titles as:
- “A Big Chill: Millennials Learning Harsh Reality of Workplace”
Earlier this month, I read an interview about career advice parents could offer their adult Millennial (or GenY) children. While I follow the general logic, the one comment that stuck out – and routinely does in articles and books aimed at educating Baby Boomers on how to “handle” millennials – was suggesting that millennials simply have no soft skills. Sigh…