Portfolio.com takes a look at Millennials and the so-called “culture of entitlement.” Are these under-30s just too egotistical for their own good?
Millennials say that not only are the accusations of entitlement untrue, but they have hurt this generation’s ability to succeed in the workplace by promoting stereotypes. “I believe I have to prove more than older workers, even though my work has been nationally recognized,” Rodric Bradford, a senior communications specialist, told Portfolio.
“When I don’t make a sale as big as I thought, I don’t understand why my clients don’t see I’m the best person for the job,” a marketing representative told Portfolio “Then I humble myself, and I realize that hard work, patience, and networking will build my business over time.”
And those delusions of grandeur which cause 20-somethings to inflate their titles and ask for bigger salaries? Some say that’s just a consequence of the workplace environment. Since offices expect more of their new hires, says 25-year-old entrepreneur Mark Hall, new hires now expect more of their jobs. “This [job] culture has caused us to pass along the expectations that were placed on us back onto the job market. Fair? Maybe, maybe not. A sign of entitlement? Absolutely not.”
Ultimately, though, the debate about what Millennials are and are not is not going to be settled by putting the pro-Millennial youngins on one side and the anti-Millennial boomers on the other. When we see a more objective measure, we’ll be satisfied.